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Laura Carroll
Laura Carroll is the author of The Baby Matrix: Why Freeing Our Minds From Outmoded Thinking About Parenthood & Reproduction Will Create a Better World, Families of Two: Interviews With Happily Married Couples Without Children by Choice and Finding Fulfillment From the Inside Out.

In addition to writing nonfiction books, she has worked over the last 15 years as a business and litigation psychology consultant and used her expertise in behavioral sciences, psychology and communications to advise business, legal and nonprofit professionals on their communications strategies and goals.

Laura has been featured on a variety of television shows, including Good Morning America and The Early Show, and has been a guest on many radio talk shows to discuss social science topics.

You’ll also find her online at

Entries by Laura Carroll

Finding Connection, Commonality and Community at the Inaugural Not Mom Summit

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 12:22 PM

This month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first Not Mom Summit. Over 100 women without children by choice, chance and circumstance gathered for keynote speakers, breakout sessions and socializing. Of the many wonderful things that happened during this conference, I was struck by...

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On Kim Cattrall's Childfree Perspective

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 2:08 PM

As someone who has been tracking and writing about the childfree choice for some years now, I was delighted to hear Kim Cattrall speaking out about it recently on BBC radio. This is not the first time we have heard from her about her choice to have no...

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Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2015 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year

(8) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 1:14 PM

On August 1, 1973, the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood did a wonderful thing -- it celebrated Non-Parents Day by awarding a Male and Female National Non-Parent of the Year. Starting in 2013, this day was resurrected as International Childfree Day, and the day winners of...

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No Kids By Choice: Tracking the Evolution of Social Change

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 2:10 PM

The release of Meghan Daum's new book, Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed, has spurred another swell of online media, posts and threads on not having children by choice. In the last 15 years, we have seen a number of media waves on this topic. In the big...

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On 'Who's Happier' Studies: Two Questions to Ask Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Earlier this month Good Morning America joined the collection of television and print media with what it says is a "hot-button question": Who is happier, parents or non-parents? When you see these kinds of segments reporting on research in this area, or see the research itself, here are...

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Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2014 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 11:25 AM

On August 1, 1973, the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood did a wonderful thing -- it celebrated Non-Parents Day by awarding a Male and Female National Non-Parent of the Year. Last year, 40 years later, this day was resurrected as International Childfree Day, and...

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With Kids or Without: Going Round & Round on Who's Happier

(27) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 7:26 AM

In the last several days, the results of two studies came out to add to the collection of research on who's happiest -- parents or those with no children. One was sponsored by Open University in Great Britain, and was based on an online survey of about 4500...

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Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2013 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year

(6) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 10:26 AM

In the last decade, we've seen more out there than ever before about how parenthood is an option, rather than a given in life. But "parenthood optional" advocates go as far back as the '70s, with a non-profit organization called the National Organization for Non-Parents (NON).

Later called the National...

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Why We Deny the Realities of Population Growth

(317) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

On a recent trip to Mexico, I sat in the central square in Guanajuato watching a lively scene of children at play. Adorable as...

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I Can Take Care of Myself Just Fine & I STILL Don't Want Children

(9) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 7:42 PM

When I first saw the title of Jen Kirkman's new book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, I sighed. On the upside, I loved the idea that there was a new book out by a great female comedian...

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A Closer Look at What's Behind Birthrate Decline Scares

(25) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 10:28 AM

After seeing Jonathan Last in the media this week talking about his new book, What to Expect When No One Is Expecting, if you find yourself being swayed by his reasons why we need to have to more babies to sustain our economic...

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Reframing Pro-Choice: Will it Work?

(111) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 3:55 PM

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, and TIME's recent article, "What Choice? Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v Wade. They've been losing every since" makes some disturbing points. Here are a few stand outs:

"In 2011,...
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Expanding Our Thinking About the Meaning of Adulthood and Family

(9) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 10:47 AM

First, let me say I am a fan of David Brooks' political commentary. But I can't always say this about his thinking on sociological issues. Take his recent op-ed, "The Age of Possibility" in The New York Times.

He writes that we're in an "age of possibility,"...

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Dodging the Election of a 'Personhood President'

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:40 PM

First, hats off to reproductive rights supporters who won last night!

If we had elected a "Personhood President," there would be cause for great concern. While personhood and abortion were hot issues during the campaign, one aspect related to both that didn't seem to come up like it could...

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Reproductive Freedom Means More Than Protecting Roe v Wade

(38) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 4:57 PM

As Election Day approaches, Roe v Wade remains the law of the land, but with a Republican victory and an aging Supreme Court, this law may very well be in jeopardy. As President Barack Obama said on August 8th in Denver, "The next president could tip the balance...

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If Not Wanting Kids Is 'Entirely Normal,' Why Is It Hard to Totally Accept?

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 1:19 PM

The recent piece in The Atlantic, "Not Wanting Kids Is Entirely Normal" says what the childfree have been trying to get the masses to understand for awhile now. It's also refreshing that author Jessica Valenti is a mother herself.

We've come a long way from just a...

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Making Work-Life Policies Equitable for All

(13) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 9:11 AM

In the recent op-ed piece, "Family Well-Being Tied to Men's Work Lives," Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the big buzz-generating Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," and Joan Williams, Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law,...

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An Inconvenient Abortion Truth

(163) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 5:04 PM

On Tuesday, the 2012 We Believe in America Republican Platform was approved. It supports a human life amendment to the Constitution, which would ban all abortions, even in the case of incest and rape. The problem with this part of the platform is that presidential candidate Mitt...

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Why We Need to Treat Parenthood as a Privilege

(8) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 3:44 PM

What kind of story do we see in the news just about every day? Incidents of child abuse. When it comes to child abuse, the statistics in the United States are unnerving. According to the Department of Health and Human...

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The 'Biological Urge': What's the Truth?

(757) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 9:45 AM

Birth rates may be plummeting in these economic times, but it's not stopping a phenomenon that happens to women in particular -- the time that comes in every woman's life when an uncontrollable "urge" comes over her and she feels a calling from deep within to become a...

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