Baby Love

Young mothers between from various social, racial, and economic backgrounds tell stories of what it means to be a teenage mother.

Premiere Date
April 1, 1997
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Award laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    1997 National Educational Media Network-Gold Apple
  • Producer

    Carol Cassidy

    A graduate of the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, Carol produced and directed the ITVS program, Baby Love, which won a Golden Apple from the National Educational Media Association. She also produced and directed the PBS series Girls in America, and co-produced and co-directed Wildwood, New Jersey, a documentary about working-class women and girls. Carol has worked in news and documentary for Cable News Network and Turner Broadcasting System, producing award-winning work on the war in Bosnia, the Somalia famine, the end of the Cold War, and the Gulf War.

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    The Film

    In blunt, provocative, and often humorous language, young mothers between the ages of 13 and 17, from various social, racial, and economic backgrounds, tell their own stories of what it means to be a teenage mother. Often portrayed as "babies having babies," these young women sound off on everything from the loss of virginity to birthing and caring for an infant, family support, and the role (or lack thereof) that the men who fathered their children play in their lives. Throughout, the girls/women share their often heartbreaking dreams for the future.