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25 Reasons Why Aunts Deserve a Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.25.2014 | 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.

Why We Should Be Celebrating Other's Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

When those of us who are childless by circumstance -- and the majority of childless women want or wanted children within the context of a relationship -- don't speak honestly about our experience, we continue to remain the silent majority.

5 Reasons To Shut Up This Mother's Day

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Katherine Stanley Obando

I have an impossible wish this Mother's Day. I wish the holiday could somehow honor a group of women to which I once belonged, and for whom the day is particularly difficult.

Is There Ever a Perfect Time to Have a Child?

Mark Morford | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Mark Morford

Is there ever a moment when you can scan the sociocultural horizon, take in all the tragedy, joy, violence and breathtaking absurdity of the world, and say, "Honey! The world is radiant and the Earth isn't completely tortured at the hand of heartless mega-corporations! Get those pants off!"

The Truth About the Childless Life

Melanie Notkin | Posted 10.01.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

We expected we'd have the social, economic and political equality our mothers didn't have, but the family they did. Here we are, among the most well-educated, most successful women in America, wondering how our choice to wait for the right relationship has left us single and childless.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's "A Castle in Italy" Brings Brother Back to Life at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The last time I saw Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, three years ago, she was in tears as her brother had just died of AIDS---and she cut our Cannes interview ...

Affirming All Women In Church On Mother's Day

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

We remember the women with many children, young children, a child who has recently died, those who have experienced miscarriage, infertility or painful births, those who have broken relationships with children and women who have not experienced motherhood at all.

Over 40, Single and Childless on Mother's Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 07.08.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I know what some of you may say: Have a baby on your own; adopt; foster. And a few of you may say: Sorry, lady, you should have thought of that earlier. You're just too old. But I want to be a mother.

What Men Are More Depressed About Than Women

Posted 04.08.2013 | Women

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 04/06/2013 11:15 AM EDT on LiveScience Even though there's often more social pressure on women to have k...

What You Should Never to Say to a Non-Mother of Childbearing Age

Wendy Litner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
Wendy Litner

I know you are tired, moms. I know you are overworked, I know you want to tell us for how long you were in labor and I feel for you, I do. But please stop scaring me, because if I do decide to join you, apparently these will be my last days of solitary, flavored yogurt-eating, judgment-free fun.

I'm Single And Childless ... And I Know What You're Thinking

Melanie Notkin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I know what you're thinking. I can read it on your face... the distracted smile, the unconvincing nod, the slightly furrowed brow... You're trying to figure out what's wrong with me.

The Loss I'm Not Allowed to Grieve

Melanie Notkin | Posted 11.26.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

A generation ago, women who did not marry and/or have children by age 40 grieved and moved on. But today, with the advancement of assisted reproductive technology, women are no longer given permission to move on.

50 And Childless: How Did I End Up Here?

Jane Ratcliffe | Posted 11.07.2012 | Fifty
Jane Ratcliffe

I felt having a baby was a natural process, like growing old -- you didn't have to plan for grey hair and wrinkles for them to appear.

Involuntary Childlessness

Erica Berman | Posted 10.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Erica Berman

After years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, three miscarriages, and a husband unwilling to consider other family-building options, Shannon is considering giving up her dream of having another child. She wanted to know if she would ever get over her childlessness.

Childless So Far: Why I Choose Love Over Motherhood

Melanie Notkin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

"You're going to hate me for saying this," says my good friend, a married mom of three, as we stand on the beach and look toward the ocean. "But you'r...

Novelist Maeve Binchy Was Childless, Not Heartless

Melanie Notkin | Posted 10.06.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

There are many ways to mother, just as there are ways to find fault with women who are not mothers.

Is Motherhood The Only Path To Success?

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.19.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Could I ever be seen as a true modern woman success story without also juggling motherhood?

A Message for Moms: Up the Auntie

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

I had always planned, expected, hoped and dreamed that I'd marry and have children, but I'm now in my early 40's and both milestones have eluded me.

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.