Christine Fugate on Baby Films

For the second of our Five In Focus baby professionals, Mothering Heights blogger Christine Fugate picks her five favorite baby movies.

Christine Fugate's work explores the complexities of women's lives in today's world. In 2008, she edited The Mothering Heights Manual for Motherhood: What we wish we knew before becoming a short order cook, shuttle driver, laundress, Mother, a #1 book in the motherhood section of She writes a monthly column, "Mothering Heights," for The Laguna Beach Independent, and "Vox Mom" for Coast Kids magazine, in addition to a blog at As a director she made the award-winning films The Southern Sex and Mother Love, while her movie Tobacco Blues was broadcast during POV's 11th season, and screened on board Air Force One for President Clinton. Fugate's feature-length documentary The Girl Next Door, following Oklahoma native Stacy Valentine's rise to stardom in the adult film industry, had a successful theatrical run in over 25 cities throughout the US and Canada. Fugate has won numerous honors for her work, including the prestigious Columbus Film Festival Chris Award, the New York Expo Special Judges Award and a Cine Golden Eagle. Fugate was also named one of Showbiz Data's Top 100 Directors of 2001. She is married with two daughters and currently lives in Laguna Beach.