Tonight's 16 and Pregnant featured 17-year-old Millina, a self-proclaimed party girl who had promised to change her ways before her son was born.
Like many 16 and Pregnant girls before her, Millina comes from a difficult family home. Her mother is a drug addict, who has been in and out of jail for the past five years, and her father is fun yet flaky. Currently, she and her little brother live with her grandmother, who has taken them in after her mother went to jail.
So when Millina dropped out of high school and started going to raves and staying out all night, she met her boyfriend Trevor. And now that she's pregnant, she's vowed that she won't be involved with drugs or drinking, mainly because she wants to set a better example for her son than she had from her own mother.
But unfortunately, Trevor's own mom, Tina, also has a difficult situation. According to Millina, she's unstable and has a condition that causes strokes and seizures. And, most of all, Trevor's mother really disapproves of Millina's mother. Not that I can really blame her (the drug use and arrest track record speak for themselves), but having at least a little faith in Millina's mother would speak volumes for the whole family.
Tina might be the only adult who's willing to take them in. However, Millina is not all too pleased with the idea. She worries that Tina might have a seizure while she's holding or caring for the baby and then be unable to really watch the baby or herself. So when she suggests that Millina and Trevor move in with her after the baby is born, Millina strongly refuses. And needless to say, Tina was not so happy.
Later, after the confrontation with Tina, Millina visits both of her parents. She attends her mom's court hearing (during which her case is postponed another month) and meets with her dad. Though she doesn't get to talk to her mother, her dad does leave her with some rather wise advice: "You and Trevor will be all right if you stay away from all us grownups." A-men, sir! Finally someone tells her the truth.
But they didn't have much time to figure out their living situation because pretty soon, Millina went into labor and delivered baby Kayden! Congrats girl! Although poor Trevor was rather traumatized by the entire thing. "After watching your pretty vagina go from a vagina to Stargate to a baby flying out, it changes the game," he said. Well, hello, what did you think happened during birth, dude?!
When Millina and Kayden return home to her grandmother's house, Trevor doesn't move in with her. Instead, he stays with his mother, immediately putting tension on their relationship.
And then in what might have been Millina's most foolish moment, she took her weeks-old baby son to her mother's sentencing. In Michigan. In winter.
Not only was her mother sentenced to 200 days in jail (which means that Kayden will already be 7 months old when she first sees him), but Kayden obviously got sick.
Warning to the family: she cannot raise this child alone. At the end of her episode, Millina met up again with Trevor, Tina, and her own father and finally let the parents meet Kayden. In yet another emotional confrontation, during which they told her how wrong it was to have taken the baby out to where he could catch a cold and get sick, it seemed like Tina finally got through to the teenager. "I want to help you," Tina said. "I'm offering you my love." With her own mother gone in jail, and a supportive system waiting right there in front of her, it's heartbreaking watching Millina struggle to keep faith in her mom while being realistic.
She has tons of support: from Trevor and his mom. Unfortunately, it seems like her mom and dad aren't readily around, but she has an adult (in addition to her grandmother) who is willing to help. That's a lot of support to refuse.
Do you think Millina should have moved in with Trevor and Tina?
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