2009 Shows

Dr. Phil continues his in-depth look at a family that struggles with a decision that will affect the rest of their lives. Dale and Kelly's 15-year-old daughter, Brittney, an honor roll student and star athlete, recently shared she is pregnant, and the family has been turned upside down. To help Brittney learn more about adoption, Dr. Phil arranges for her to meet with two agencies. Will the visit be more emotional for the teen or her mom? Now six-and-a-half months pregnant, Brittney reveals her intentions for her unborn baby. See how her parents react to her choice. Do they think she'll stick with her decision? Has Brittney come to terms with her situation? Find out why Dr. Phil thinks she's acting detached from the baby growing in her belly. Then, hear what the baby's father and his parents have to say about the situation. Be there with this family as they encounter struggles, fears and doubts, and consider how you would react as a parent in the same situation. Talk about the show here.

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Replied By: ckay78 on Dec 3, 2015, 9:10AM
There was no reality to this episode.  How is she brave? I think she just wanted to be on tv. Thousands of young girls get pregnant and know the REAL reality and heartbreak of how life is going to be. Not the lets get pregnant, call Dr. Phil and tee hee hee leave the fake baby at home alone and not face the consequences of that action. This episode made a joke of getting pregnant at 16. AND then she was given the gift of something like help with college. That's a fine way to reinforce the disregard for life that a spoiled little brat has.
Replied By: stephieplus on Apr 13, 2015, 3:20PM - In reply to lishabee
She did the best by her baby, absolutely!!
Replied By: stephieplus on Apr 13, 2015, 3:15PM - In reply to mzkitten
i find it very rude of you to put these questions to her.  She made a brave decision that is in the best interest of almost every child to a teen parent.  How do you feel right questioning it?  What if I said that your child would likely have been much better off in a stable family who could take care of him much better than you?  Would you appreciate it?  I truly believe that, but is it right for me to say that?  No, nor is it right for you to say the things you did.
Replied By: stephieplus on Apr 13, 2015, 3:08PM
congratulations on making the brave decision!!  I can't believe how many Grandparents talk their teens into keeping a baby rather than doing the right thing for the baby!
Replied By: ozzybeauty on Aug 16, 2009, 11:25PM
I’ve just had the privilege of watching this show and seeing Brittney’s journey.

I’m not a mom yet, but my husband and I would love to be parents some day (when the time is right.)  


I think Brittney has done the most selfless thing any human being can do for another!


People should not judge others like Brittney. I have two successful examples in my family, of teen pregnancies that turned out just fine. Although the circumstance is not ideal!


With love and support from the family the Babies had loving and happy childhoods as a result of birth mothers taking responsibility for the baby and support from the Grand Parents. Everyone is healthy and happy many years later.
Replied By: janedaza on Aug 16, 2009, 9:21PM
This episode just aired today in Australia, and as an adoptee I just wanted to say that I think open adoption is wrong. I agree absolutely with the lady who was adopted and was also against open adoption. It undermines the adoptive parents and it would only serve to confuse the child. Have information available for the child by all means, but when you choose to place your child for adoption, be selfless and allow the adoptive parents the right to parent like any other person would, without the involvement of a biological mother in the background. Give the new family the right to exist as any other family does.
Replied By: mzkitten on Jul 24, 2009, 7:46PM
I have been keeping up with this show and i have a piece of advice for brittney.....my name is ashley, i am 21 years old. i have a beautiful son. When i was 16 i found out that i was pregnant. my family was VERY religious and did not believe in sex before marriage and here i am 16 and pregnant. i didnt tell my family till i was little over 3 months pregnant. When i told my mom she cried ALOT. My dad was more understanding than i thought but he was upset because i was his little girl. My parents ended up accepting my son with open arms and they wouldnt trade him for anything in this world nor would i. They showed all the options that i had before just like dr. phil is doing with you.. i understand that you have decided upon adoption and i just want to let you know.. having a child is the most stressful and the amazing experiece that you could ever encounter. I kept my son and raised him while going through highschool. My parents let me live at their home until i decided that it was time for me to move. it is now almost 5 years later..i graduated highschool, became self employed, got engaged, found a beautiful home and going to college full time. Kids dont hold you back. I understand your decision but let me ask you this.. will you be able to not kiss your child goodnight every night? tuck them in? read their bedtime story? hear their first word? watch their first step? i want you to think long and hard cuz its the biggest decision of your life and its for LIFE. If you kept your baby it would be strenous at first but it would all pay off when you look into your baby's eyes and see nothing but love. Thank you for your time. I just wish that i could help more
Replied By: devilgril666 on Jul 20, 2009, 1:01PM
i think that haveing a baby is not that hard i want to have a baby right now if i could
Replied By: nobravery on Jul 17, 2009, 10:02PM
My heart truly goes out to this girl. She is so young to have to be worrying about having a child but at the same token she decided to have sex. It's very hard to make a definate choice because she doesn't seem to really comprehend what the baby means. I think at first she just saw having a baby as some sort of game. I can see her saying: let's play house I'll be the mommy and you can be the daddy, here is our perfect baby. But as the months wore on I could tell she started to really comprehend what having a baby really means. It makes me happy to find out that she is not going to abort it but give it to a loving family. The open adoption I truly do think is the perfect compromise. The baby gets loved and nurtured while she gets to watch her child grow.
Replied By: kmullin0930 on Jul 15, 2009, 8:56AM
It is the most unnerving thing to me that people think that just because you are caring a child that you automatic have this wonderful connection with it.  I have a beautiful daughter that is 26 and have been married for 30 years but when I delivered my baby I wanted nothing to do with her.  It took me several months to actually connect with her.  So as Brittney was on the show and expressing her unattachment to the baby and Dr. Phil was worried that she should seek  I didn't agree with him.  Brittney is a very strong and loving person and for a young girl at 16 she knows her body and soul to make a decision that is right for her.  I do believe that she will never forget the baby but by no means does it mean that she will long for the baby as the years go by.  We are not all the "baby machines" and instant maternal beings just because we carry a baby full term.  This doesn't make us monster or unloving people.
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