I went to see 'Juno' yesterday with my daughter (19 years old) - she paid for me because I was broke! I won't go into details about the plot too much because I do not want to give the story away. Suffice to say, the story is about Juno, a feisty 16 year who has sex one time with her geeky boy friend and gets pregnant. She decides to have the baby adopted because she cannot bear to have an abortion but feels too immature to keep the baby. The film goes on to narrate the events leading up to the birth of the baby and explore the feelings of the people involved.
From a film goers perspective, I really loved the film. I did not want to go (my daughter was paying, so I had no choice) but I am really glad I did. It was extremely well acted by all players. It was very funny yet treated the subject matter in a sympathetic way that did not over-dramatize issues or give an ending that you know is totally unrealistic.
As a midwife, I found the film interesting because it presented adoption as a workable option to unwanted pregnancy. In New Zealand, we have a wonderful open adoption system that potentially allows birth parents to stay closely involved with their children. And I do wonder some times if we do not support young women enough to explore this option.
As a mother of older teenagers who are in steady relationships, I have wondered what my reaction would be if either came home and said she/girlfriend is pregnant. Luckily, being a midwife I have unlimited access to condoms and have scattered them all over the house, so hopefully it will be a few years before I am a grandma!