‘First Comes Love': An Honest Portrayal Of Single Motherhood

Mon, July 29, 2013 10:00am EST by 6 Comments
First Comes Love HBO Documentary
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All parents should watch Nina Davenport’s fascinating documentary of her journey to become a mother, and how it is hard and rewarding in equal measures to be a single parent.

Following her hit documentary Always A Bridesmaid, Nina Davenport has stepped back behind the camera and is debuting her brand new documentary First Comes Love on HBO on July 29. HollywoodLife.com got an exclusive first look at the poignant and stark documentary, and we can testify that it is a must watch.

‘First Comes Love': HBO Documentary Is A Must-See

The documentary shows Nina film around six years of her life, where she decides to have a child on her own. This stark and completely honest film shows 41-year-old Nina decide she is sick of the New York dating scene, and decide that she wants to have a child on her own.

Nina enlists the help of her gay friend Eric to be the sperm donor, while her friend Amy volunteers to be her birthing partner. After one round of IVF Nina is pregnant, and that is where this documentary becomes extremely interesting.

Nina gets both support and judgement from her family, and you see her face the challenges of being a single mother-to-be in New York City, and it does not look easy. Not only that, Nina shows that dating while pregnant is possible!

This is a truly eye opening documentary, and Nina does shy away from any of the gritty details of how hard and trying it is to be a single mother in the city. (Warning for the faint hearted: the birth scene is truly graphic.)

Throughout the film, Nina meets three or four other women who are in the same situation, and you can really see that being a single parent when you are in your early forties is so hard.

My only critique of this documentary is that there was not enough focus on these other women, because it really broadened the general concept and message of First Comes Love, and that while choosing to be a single parent is so hard, it is also so rewarding.

First Comes Love airs on HBO on July 29 at 9pm EST.

What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Will you be watching Nina’s documentary?

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Therese Whigham

Posted at 4:51 AM on April 8, 2014  

I really enjoyed your film. Jasper is ADOREABLE! Thank you for making the film :-). I hope your Dad is able to tell you how proud he is of you. Of course.he is, but it is obviously hard for him to say it. I’m sure you won’t give up on him. It’s certainly worth the trouble. I think it’s remarkable that you were able to be so honest, brave and forthright by telling your Dad he hadn’t asked how you and Jasper had been in the past months (in the driveway coming from the airport) and then let him know you hadn’t been calling because you were hurt. My brother’s relationship with his daughter was much the same as yours and your Dad’s and she persisted with telling him how she felt, as you did, and their relationship vastly improved over their last year together before he died. Keep up the good work! You’re family and friends are so lucky to have you… and vice-versa. You have so many terrific friends because you’re a terrific friend. I wish you and yours.continued we’ll-being and much deserved happiness..

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Posted at 10:09 AM on July 29, 2013  

this site is partly owned by HBO?

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