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Childless Not by Choice

Royal Baby Not a Royal Pain Anymore

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Tracey Cleantis

This time, for example, the Royal baby buzz doesn't seem to be as fevered as it was the first time round, or maybe it is just where I am. I have gotten to the phase of my recovery where seeing babies no longer breaks my heart.

A Childless Woman's Thank You to Jennifer Aniston

Nicole Luongo | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Nicole Luongo

Whose business is it, anyway? Just because I'm a woman doesn't mean I want to experience child birth. Just because I am the youngest of eleven doesn't mean I want a bunch of kids. I love inspiring and teaching children. I don't want any of my own. And, I'm not alone.

Why You Should Watch What You Say on Mother's Day

Lori Holden | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Lori Holden

I know you worked really hard on that homily about Mother's Day/Father's Day. It's a time of joy and appreciation and community for almost everyone you address. You may not know this, but there are likely other outliers receiving your message.

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.

No More Whispering: Talking Openly About Infertility

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 11.13.2013 | Women
Tracey Cleantis

I refuse, like Aisha, to carry my childlessness in me like a shameful secret. I want to share my story and help others learn that they aren't alone.

I Wanted Kids -- Instead I Got Something Many Women Don't Have

Sue Fagalde Lick | Posted 04.23.2013 | Women
Sue Fagalde Lick

If you go to the zoo with children, it's going to be all about them. It's pretty much the same with a man. Alone, I can commune with the polar bears all day.

Infertility: Was I Grieving Enough?

Linda Rooney | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women
Linda Rooney

I didn't always want children. I know that's not the typical confession from someone who has dealt with infertility, but I married young, and resisted and resented the almost immediate pressure I felt to have children.

Infertility: 16 Things You Should Never Say To A Woman Who Is Childless But Not By Choice

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 06.25.2012 | Women
Tracey Cleantis

A primer on things best not to say to women who have been pumped full of mind-altering hormones and endured an alphabet soup of invasive procedures (ART, IVFs, ICSI's, IUI's), miscarriages and/or had failed adoptions.

A Woman Without Children 'Has Nothing'?

Nicole Ciomek | Posted 06.22.2012 | Women
Nicole Ciomek

My life is FULL of amazing stuff. It sometimes overwhelms me. Yet there is still this attitude in our culture that if you are not a mother, you have nothing.