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Mulling the Motherhood Mandate

Robert Walker | Posted 12.24.2014 | Books
Robert Walker

Given the enormous personal stakes in childbearing, it is surprising that more women have not written a book about the pros and cons that go into making childbearing decisions.

Catherine Pearson

Meet The 20-Somethings Who Want To Be Sterilized

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women

They're young and childfree by choice, but can 20- and 30-something women get sterilized? The first time Bri Seeley told her doctor she wanted ...

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

Laura Carroll | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Laura Carroll

Why does non-parenthood continue to be pitted against parenthood? It's like continuing to ask: "Are children the key to happiness in life?" and continuing to try and prove the answer is yes. Yet the real answer is already known.

Taking Off the Armor of My 'Choice'

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I fought really hard to be a mother. I paid lots of money to be a mother. I endured painful tests and procedures to be a mother. I put my body and my surrogate's through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. I put my faith and trust in many doctors and other humans to be a mother.

Our Scarred Imperfections

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

We will suffer losses, traumas and tragedies in this life. When we lose one dream we must pick up the pieces and redefine. To wallow in the lost only defines us. To stay stuck on the never to be's only keeps us stagnant in life. To make our scarred imperfections our entire story misplaces them completely.

The Most Ironic Story of Ever Upward

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

FULL CIRCLE It was a full circle weekend for me returning to the Emerging Women conference, this year in New York City. Last year I attended EW as a ...

An Imposter and Fraud or a Forever Grieving and Healing Mother?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

They turned up the lights after one song. We usually sing four amazing rock band-like songs, which is one of the many reasons I love our church. The...

6 Things To Avoid Saying Or Doing In The Presence Of Friends Without Kids

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

When we become parents, our lives are so incredibly altered by these amazing little creatures that we often forget that everyone around us isn't as dazzled, in love, impressed, or infatuated with our children.

8 Reasons I'm Not Having Kids (Not That It's Any Of Your Business)

Sezin Koehler | Posted 11.15.2014 | Women
Sezin Koehler

I do not assume that my personal life choices are so fundamental that other people are less human or will live less fulfilled lives because they don't make the same ones.

Aisha Tyler: It's OK To Choose Career Over Kids

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.03.2014 | Women

Aisha Tyler has spoken out about her struggles with infertility before, and she wants other women to know that it's alright to abandon a fruitless eff...

What It Really Feels Like To Be A Childfree Woman

Bri Seeley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Women
Bri Seeley

At the age of 24 I began to ask my doctors if I could be sterilized. Year after year at my annual exam I would state my case -- each year unchanged from the previous year. At each visit my physician told me that I was too young, what if I changed my mind? But the reality was that I didn't change my mind.

Childfree By Choice: How Women are Redefining Tomorrow's Family

Faith Popcorn | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Faith Popcorn

Millennial-focused media is just beginning to recognize this emerging mindset and celebrities are popularizing and glamorizing this path, too, with powerful women like Chelsea Handler, Zooey Deschanel and Cameron Diaz leading the charge.

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

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Laura Carroll

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.

25 Reasons Why Aunts Deserve a Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to "mother" a child. Aunthood is as close as it gets.

I Love Kids, But I Don't Want To Be A Mom

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

I absolutely adore children. Or rather, I adore them as long as I can escape from them at the end of the day. And I think that is perfectly OK.

Zooey Deschanel: Not Every Woman Is 'Dying To Give Birth'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women

Lest the doe-eyes and vintage flair fool anyone, Zooey Deschanel has reminded us of one thing she is decidedly non-retro about. In the August issu...

On Not Being a Parent

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Julie R. Enszer

As the United States moves into the frenzied celebrations of female parenthood, I want to register an alternate voice and declare my autonomy from children. I am not a parent, and I am happy to not be a parent.

I Have No Desire To Become A Mother

Geraldine Estevez | Posted 06.08.2014 | Women
Geraldine Estevez

I love children. They can fill a room with happiness, even on the darkest of days. But I've never felt the soul-clenching desire to become a mother.

I'm Heartbroken Over A Man I've Never Met

Melanie Notkin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

To be single and 42 in New York is at once exhilarating and depressing, empowering and debilitating. It's everything you've ever wanted it to be and nothing you'd ever imagined, all at the same time.

Parents or Childfree? It Is About Choice, Not Decadence or a Pity Party

Sonita Lontoh | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Sonita Lontoh

Oftentimes, one hears that people who choose to have children think of themselves as unselfish. Are they really? What are the real reasons for them to choose to have children?

There's Nothing Wrong With Not Having Kids! (Do You Want Mine?)

Mike Julianelle | Posted 02.07.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Choosing to remain childless doesn't make you a bad person. Judging people for making different choices than you does.

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

Laura Carroll | Posted 03.19.2014 | Good News
Laura Carroll

It's time to stop going round and round with the "who's happier" question when it comes to those with and without kids. It's not one group versus the other. It boils down to how we define happiness in the first place for ourselves.

12 Questions Childfree Women Don't Want To Hear

Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Women who have decided not to have children tend to receive a lot of frustrating questions about that very personal choice. Though someone's repro...

How One Weekend Changed My Feelings About Motherhood

Natacha Hildebrand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Natacha Hildebrand

I fell in love with a boy. And the boy asked me to marry him. And, you guessed it: That boy? He wants kids. To make matters worse, he's the type of guy that you just know will be an amazing father. Well, this really left only one thing for us to do: a test run.

8 Silly Things People Say To Me When They Learn I Don't Want Kids

TueNight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
TueNight

My husband would make the world's greatest father. But that alone isn't reason enough for me to become the mother I've never wanted to be, take on crushing financial burden or add more to my already too-full plate.