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Many Kinds of Moms

From the new mom to the adventure mom to amphibian moms, we love them all

May 9, 2021

By Madisson Haynes 

We wouldn't be here without our moms. Literally. Our moms gave us life, and if they could, they would probably give us the world. But human moms aren't the only ones. This Mother's Day we're highlighting all different kinds of moms — adventure moms, pandemic moms, animal moms. You name it. 

Celebrate Mother's Day by celebrating all moms, everywhere. More videos like this are available for streaming on the PBS Video App. Check local listings for broadcast times.

I Gave Birth To A Preemie During The Pandemic

Becoming a new parent during a global pandemic means expecting even more of the unexpected. This episode full of hope, faith, and perseverance features a couple from The Bronx who documented their pregnancy, their son’s very premature birth, and his subsequent stay in the NICU. Also, YouTuber Rob Kenney has some advice for all parents during this challenging era, courtesy of Self Evident.

The Adventure Mom

Did you know there's a tradition other than brunch on Mother's Day? This Mount St. Helens special feature three stories that look at life on Mount Saint Helens 40 years after the eruption. Miss Dish was a climbing pioneer who sparked a tradition of climbing in dresses on Mother's Day, scientists study the return of elk to the blast zone and a photographer journeys beneath Spirit Lake in the volcanic blast zone, courtesy of Oregon Field Guide.

I Met My Mom For the First Time at 50

The pandemic has led many of us to be separated from our loved ones for months, leaving us unsure of when we might be able to reunite. But for one adopted New Yorker, COVID-19 nearly derailed a reunion with her birth mother a half-century in the making. In this episode, they tell the story of how they were able to overcome the odds to come together nearly 50 years to the day later, courtesy of Self Evident.

A Single Mom's Story

There are 15 million single moms in the U.S. and each one of them has a story. What are their dreams? How will they not merely survive in the face of adversity but thrive in it? How do they balance their personal aspirations and career hopes with the full-time work of raising a child? Follow three single moms’ journeys to jobs as full of the rewards and challenges as the one they do at home, courtesy of Roadtrip Nation.

Call the Midwife

If you're looking for a show all about motherhood, this is it. But it's not just about mothers and deliveries. Call the Midwife follows the nurses, midwives and nuns from Nonnatus House, who visit the expectant mothers of Poplar, providing the poorest women with the best possible care. Whether you're a mom or not, Call the Midwife is the show to celebrate with. Passport members can stream the whole show!

Moms Aren't Just Mammals

Being a mom can be pretty gross. Even these animals agree

Meet The Frog That Barfs Up Its Babies

Birth is different for every species, especially these extinct frogs. These frogs used to barf up their babies — and now scientists are trying to bring them back from the dead. Happy Mother’s Day! You can watch animals do more weird things courtesy of Gross Science.

A Tsetse Fly Births One Enormous Milk-Fed Baby

Mammalian moms, you're not alone! A female tsetse fly pushes out a single squiggly larva almost as big as herself, which she nourished with her own milk. Watch more courtesy of Deep Look.

Recycled Love 

You may be willing to give your kids the world, but what about your poop? Baby koalas eat their mom's feces, and that's just the beginning. Learn more about weird things animals do with Gross Science.

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