My Mom's Having a Baby
- Episode aired Feb 16, 1977
Curious about his mom's pregnancy, a ten-year-old seeks answers to where babies come from.Curious about his mom's pregnancy, a ten-year-old seeks answers to where babies come from.Curious about his mom's pregnancy, a ten-year-old seeks answers to where babies come from.
When the video proved to be unavailable, I searched the name "Dr. Lendon Smith." I came upon a web site called Quackwatch that gave the history of Dr. Smith in the years after "My Mom" and its sequel "Where Do Teenagers Come From?" I advise you to read the information there, but in summary, Smith had his medical license limited for improperly prescribing drugs.
Later, instead of facing charges of trying to defraud insurance companies, Smith surrendered his medical license and "retired." By that time he was involved in the Food Terror movement: he wrote a series of books blaming flour, white sugar and other "non-natural" foods for medical problems with children. Before his death in 2001, he was part of the cult of non-doctor "doctors" who pushed food additives and vitamins instead of legitimate medical care.
What troubles me is that this video - which, again, I couldn't find for sale anywhere - is reportedly still used in schools to teach reproduction and birth. Perhaps it's accepted because it almost completely ducks the sex act; it's as close to "sex without sex" as fearful conservatives can get. But given Dr. Smith's history, a person might want to think twice about using this for teaching kids.
- Apr 3, 2010