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Circumstantial Infertility

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.

25 Ways You Can Raise Awareness

Barbara Collura | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Barbara Collura

One in 8 couples struggle to have children and build their families due to the disease of infertility. This statistic represents a colleague, a friend in your book club, a couple at your Thanksgiving dinner table.

25 Things to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone Living With Infertility

Barbara Collura | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Barbara Collura

Did you know that 1 in 8 couples struggle to have children and build their families due to the disease of infertility? This statistic represents a colleague, a friend in your book club, a couple at your Thanksgiving dinner table.

What's Changed (and What Hasn't Changed) for People with Infertility in the Past 25 Years (Part 3)

Barbara Collura | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Barbara Collura

In the 25 years since then, technology has evolved and the Internet has emerged. Medical advances have been made and there is now a wealth of information about infertility, medical treatments, alternative treatments, support groups, blogs about fertility, social media, you name it, all available online.

Why More Jewish Women Are Staying Single

Melanie Notkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Earlier today, Pew Research released A Portrait of American Jewry, the first study of American Jewish life in over 10 years. It seems love and marriage are more elusive than ever before for Jewish women and men in America.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.