Today, I noticed a video on Youtube called MISHKA: A short film on teen pregnancy.
I decided that since it related to the blog, I would review it.
THIS SHORT FILM MAY CAUSE CONTROVERSIAL TRIGGERS TO PRO-LIFE SUPPORTERS AND PARENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED MULTIPLE MISCARRIAGES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
The short film opens on a teen. She’s with her friends at a sleepover. They’re busy chatting away about everyday teenage concerns. Mishka, the main character, lays silently, in her own thoughts. It’s obvious that she isn’t worried about her teenage life as much as other teens.
The film includes Mishka sneaking into her dad’s wallet, taking money, and heading to the drug store. She nervously buys a pregnancy test.
She takes the test in the school bathroom the next day. She stares at the results. It’s indicated that her stress levels rise. She can’t even focus on her schoolwork that night at home.
She later looks over her body, anticipating the life that is inside of her, indicating that she’s pregnant.
Her friend’s birthday party comes up. Her friends are talking about getting a puppy. They talk as if she’s an expecting mother, asking questions like, “Is it a boy or a girl?” or “What are you going to name him?” This strikes stress in Mishka’s worries about her pregnancy, and she leaves the party.
The next morning, Mishka asks her father why he takes pills. They were prescribed for his arthritis. “It helps with the pain.” He tells her.
Later, Mishka is sitting next to a tree, alone. She takes out her dad’s medicine that she stole. She then pours a handful and takes them all in one go.
The film then opens on Mishka in the bathroom crying. Blood is on the floor and her legs. There is no need to explain what happened. She cleans herself and goes to lay next to her dad, indicating that she wants to be a normal kid again. The film fades to black.
Text fades into appearance.
“I killed our baby.”
The short film sheds a lot of light on the troubles of teenage lives. At her age, they don’t understand that unprotected sex can lead to many things, including pregnancy. Some teens do it for bragging rights, attention, or are forced into it. When they end up pregnant, they have a choice. To keep the baby, or to get their normal lives back. Growing up around her age, teens may choose to keep the baby for the wrong reasons. But if they have an abortion, or force themselves to miscarry, their peers will shame them.
Parents, I beg of you, if this short film is disturbing to you, as it was to me, don’t let your preteens or your teens have sex. This could be what they experience. Please, prevent your child from going through the pain that the main character endured.
Teens and preteens aren’t ready to go through the pain of abortion, miscarriages, or the commitment of pregnancy. They should be worried about their teenage lives, what they’re going to do after high school and college, how they’re going to support themselves on their own. When someone is able to support themselves fully, then it would be the time to have the serious thoughts about moving up in life. That means worrying about a relationship and marriage.
Life needs to be taken with baby steps, to ensure the readiness of each of us. Save your children the stress of constantly having to worry about whether or not they will be able to support another life in addition to their own. Head my words, for I speak from this exact experience.
I got pregnant straight out of high school. I never could get a scholarship for college, and I was trying to find a job to save up for myself moving up in life. Right as I had my interview, I found out I was pregnant. Having had multiple miscarriages before, this pregnancy had my head twisted in ways I couldn’t understand. I decided to try and keep my baby safe. I couldn’t work during my first trimester due to the fear of losing my baby. I looked for a job in my second trimester, because it would be safer then. I never got a call back to any of the jobs I applied for. Where I live, pregnancy safe jobs are limited. I couldn’t work in a factory, and I was restricted from working fast-paced jobs. There were no jobs available after those filters set in.
Now that I’m in my third trimester, I can’t get a job due to my pregnancy being in the maternity-leave status. I still sit every day and wonder if what I have will be enough for my son arriving next month.
I’m not saying that jumping into pregnancy is impossible to handle. I’m saying it’s never easy. I spent my first and second trimesters scraping and saving every penny alongside my partner to have enough to afford a baby. And right as we planned to leave home with the money we saved up, about $300 was stolen from our savings. It took us another 4 months to save up what we had lost. As soon as we got the chance, we got our own place. We’re having to get help with this though. We moved into my partner’s mother’s old house, where we are currently staying rent-free. My mother-in-law no longer lives here, but she owns the property and is staying with her boyfriend.
Truth be told, I don’t think that my partner and I would be as ready as we are now if it wasn’t for the help, support and baby gifts that we’ve received already. As ready as we are, I still worry daily if we will be enough for our son.
Save your teens from having that stress and trouble. Encourage baby steps in life, one step at a time. Don’t let them pile up the pain and stress on their shoulders all at once.