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Childlessness

It's Time for Auntie's Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Sunday, July 22, marks the fourth annual Auntie's Day®. It's a day to honor and celebrate the women in the American Family Village who love and give to children not-their-own.

The Single Reason Why We Don't Have It All

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Singles who live alone move into homes with others for the weekend in the summer, staving off more than the concrete heat of the city. It's simply less lonely.

Childfree: Daily Mail Blames Career Women For 'Enforced' Male Childlessness

Emma Gray | Posted 07.10.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

The idea that men might feel less empowered than women to discuss their desire to be parents deserves our attention. However, the Daily Mail piece frames the issue in a completely unproductive way -- blaming "career women" for "denying" their partners children.

When You're Not a Mother on Mother's Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.09.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to mother.

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.

Secondary Infertility Devastated My Friend -- Why Didn't I Feel More Compassion?

Lisa Manterfield | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women
Lisa Manterfield

Be honest. You've played this game, haven't you? Someone tells you something awful, and you immediately weigh it against your own experience of loss (even if you do have the good grace to not openly play your tragedy trump card).

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.

Women Over Age 35 Are Having More Kids

Melanie Notkin | Posted 06.23.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Marriage and unions may look different today than they did even a decade ago, but some things never change.

What Not to Say to Single Women Who Long to Be Moms

Melanie Notkin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

We all know that going through infertility treatments can be incredibly challenging for couples. But single women who yearn to be mothers go through their own heartache.

The 2nd Worst Question To Ask A Single Woman

Melanie Notkin | Posted 04.18.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

When a woman is over age 30, single and childless, people want to know why. Just about everyone is just dying to know: What is she waiting for?

My Secret Grief

Melanie Notkin | Posted 03.13.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

The grief hit me in my mid-thirties without warning. By all appearances, my life was fantastic, but there were nights when I would cry for hours. I was in mourning, but I didn't know it.

Unnatural Women: Childless in America

Melanie Notkin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Childlessness is the state into which a girl is born. But once she reaches her mid thirties, that natural state is suddenly deemed unnatural.

7 Billion Means You Can Stop Asking When I'm Having A Baby

Ashley Lauren Samsa | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Ashley Lauren Samsa

Not long after I got married, I started getting asked The Question. Those of you who have encountered this question in its many forms know that one element is always the same, no matter how it's posed. We are always asked "when," not "if."

Schadenforty

Melanie Notkin | Posted 11.05.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I live in a world of Schadenfreud, New York City, where a woman over 40 is often single and childless, as well as powerful, beautiful, and fit -- and where she is picked on by the newspaper she wakes up to every morning.

The Invisible Infertility

Melanie Notkin | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

For women like me, we not only grieve the loss of motherhood, but we also grieve the loss of the dream, the dream of finding love and marriage resulting in that beautiful baby carriage.

The Truth About Childless Women

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.10.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I'm 42 and still single and I have come to acknowledge the truth: it's very possible I won't have children of my own.

It's Time to Stop Calling Career Women Without Children "Delayers"

Melanie Notkin | Posted 08.13.2011 | Women
Melanie Notkin

The federal government's blame-name-calling needs to stop. We're not spinsters. We're not career women. And we're not delayers.

Guest Post - Childlessness can divide friends

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

By Christina Gombar When I was growing up in the 70s, the progressive view held that a person could live a rich, rewarding life full of close bonds, ...

Childlessness and Late Fertility: Parsing the New Pew Report

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Here's another later-fertility story from Pew Research Center. This month they report that fewer women are having kids.