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I'm 29, Child-Free and Just Had My Tubes Tied

Anjali Sareen | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Anjali Sareen

I am single, I have no children, and six weeks ago, at the age of 29, I underwent a tubal ligation. It was, undoubtedly, the best decision I have ever made. The process of the tubal was less about physical preparing myself for the procedure than it was about mentally and emotionally preparing everyone else in my life

5 Things This Child-Free Woman Wants You To Know

Allison Arnone | Posted 04.20.2016 | Women
Allison Arnone

I'm all about women supporting and empowering other women, and when it comes to this topic, I often feel a divide.

Joy Bryant Wants Everyone To Stop Telling Her To Have Kids

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 04.05.2016 | Women

PSA: A woman's choice to not have children is no one's business but her own. And that's exactly what actress Joy Bryant is telling everyone in her es...

Don't Pity Me Because I Don't Have Kids

Dani Fleischer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Women
Dani Fleischer

Let's not exchange condolences about the lives that we've chosen for ourselves. Let's assume that we're both exactly where we want to be.

NAK: A Community for Women Who Don't Have Children

Monique Y. Wells | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Monique Y. Wells

Did you know that there is an International Childfree Day? First celebrated on August 1, 2013, its purpose is to recognize "amazing childfree people and their lives," and to "foster the acceptance of the childfree choice in today's society."

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

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.27.2015 | Women
Laura Carroll

No matter how they arrived at having no children, women at this conference talked openly and honestly about the "Not Mom" aspect of their lives. They listened to many stories and life accounts that connected them as women who will never become mothers.

One Woman's Perfect PSA To People Who Keep Asking Her About Kids

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.28.2015 | Women

Public Service Announcement: People's reproductive plans are none of your business. In a Sept. 20 Facebook post, writer Emily Bingham used a random ...

I Will Never Birth a Child, But I'm Still a Parent

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

In our world's most accepted definition of a parent, I will never meet the criteria. I will never birth a child and I am not adopting one. So you will call me childless. And, I will then emphatically and stubbornly correct you and let you know that I am a childfull parent, birthing a rare kind of parenthood.

On Kim Cattrall's Childfree Perspective

Laura Carroll | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
Laura Carroll

"Expressing one's maternal side" in the many ways the childfree do does not equate to giving birth and the 24/7 role of raising of a child.

Kim Cattrall: 'I Am Not A Biological Parent, But I Am A Parent'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.14.2015 | Women

Kim Cattrall wants you to know: Just because she hasn't given birth to children doesn't mean she isn't parenting. The "Sex and the City" actress spoke...

How to Know You're Not Alone in the Otherhood

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

For women in the Otherhood, the term I introduced in my book of the same name for those who aren't part of the expected social norm of marriage and motherhood, whether by choice, or like me, by circumstance, our friendships are key.

Why Is Childfree Living Still Taboo?

Bri Seeley | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Bri Seeley

It's better to know what you want and stand firm in your truth than to bend your desires and be unhappy in your life. Keep your chin up. Keep fighting for your dreams. And know that, no matter what, you're not alone.

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

Laura Carroll | Posted 08.01.2015 | Impact
Laura Carroll

Laura lives with her husband and cat in a 120 square foot home in North Carolina. These are commonly called Tiny Homes, and it's more of a movement or a philosophy than a house size. It's about living lighter on the planet, living more simply so you can focus on what matters, and creating more personal freedom to be authentically you.

11 Women On How They Knew They Didn’t Want Kids

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women

For some women, deciding not to have children is relatively simple, something they've known in their bones for as long as they can remember. For other...

Why Are People So Threatened By Alternative Relationships?

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

As an observer, participant and writer who focuses on the evolving relationships model, I'm more interested in what Tessier's readers have to say, though I am behind Tessier every step of the way. Why are people so threatened by alternative models when it comes to relationships?

47 Reasons Why It's Really, Really Good To Be An Aunt

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Sunday, July 26, is the seventh annual Auntie's Day, the day I founded in 2009 to celebrate and honor aunts by relation, aunts by choice to friends' children, godmothers, and all women who play an active role in the life of a child not-their-own.

When Being Childfree Isn't A Choice

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 07.16.2015 | Women

The choice to be childfree can be truly gratifying, but what happens when being childfree isn't a choice? BuzzFeed spoke to three women to find out. ...

Why I Chose Not to Have Children and How I'm Making Peace With My Decision

Kelli Cooper | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women
Kelli Cooper

I believe our purpose is to experience life from our unique perspective, and be happy -- not simply reproduce. That is just one of the countless experiences available to us.

More Women Should Choose a Home Over a Baby

Amanda Oliver | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Amanda Oliver

Sitting down and actually planning out whether you can afford to have a child should be a priority for every family. As much as we all work to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, it also helps to be born into a family that is financially, and emotionally, prepared to handle parenting.

270 Reasons Women Choose Not To Have Children

Posted 07.01.2015 | Women

Far too often, women who choose to be childfree are asked to defend their “immature,” “selfish” lifestyles. They’re told that motherhood is ...

Why the Moms Who Love Aunties Are Amazing, too

Melanie Notkin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Melanie Notkin

And as far as the love we give to your kids goes, well, that comes naturally to us. Babies are born from the womb, but maternity comes from the soul. There are many way to be maternal. Thank you for giving us a deeply meaningful way to exercise our maternal muscle.

I Was A Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.

The Cut | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women
The Cut

It occurred to me, as it probably should have occurred to me earlier, that being scared of loss is not a good reason to have a baby.

7 Things Women Without Children Want Moms To Know

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 05.23.2016 | Fifty
Hélène Tragos Stelian

I had lunch recently with a new friend. In the midst of our 'getting to know you' questions, I asked if she had kids. She responded 'no.' The moment was uncomfortable. I felt awkward for asking. We moved on to another topic. This discomfort stayed with me.

I'm a Mom, But I Prefer My Child-Free Friends

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 05.15.2016 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

I get to experience child-free fun vicariously through them and they get a taste of motherhood while simultaneously remembering to take their birth control.

No Kids By Choice: Tracking the Evolution of Social Change

Laura Carroll | Posted 05.12.2016 | Women
Laura Carroll

In the last 15 years, we have seen a number of media waves on this topic. In the big picture, we've seen an ascent of talk about this in the public sphere since the 70s. That's over four decades. Where are we after 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice? Let's start with a quick broad stroke look back in time.