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Are you childless by choice or circumstance? Share your story

Cleo’s Story: People don’t believe you when you say you are a happily childfree woman and here’s why

How do you feel when someone begins a sentence with “I’m not X, but…” or “I don’t hate X but…”? It doesn’t matter what words follow the buts because the “I’m not X, but…” evokes immediate suspicion.… Read the rest

Pooja’s Story: How we went from wanting children to living happily as a childless couple

I feel ready to share my story, after being married for 10 years. I hope it can be of use to anyone reading it and that some people will learn from my mistakes.… Read the rest

Keturah’s Story: The simplicity of knowing you do not want children

Looking to pitch a story about childfree black women to a mainstream publication, a journalist friend asked me: “When did you know that motherhood was just not for you?” Any woman who is childfree by choice is familiar with this question.… Read the rest

Sean’s Story: Being childfree in Zimbabwe

Childfree???, I didn’t know that word existed. You grow up being actively encouraged to follow the so called life script: go to university, get a Job, get engaged/pay bridal price, get married, get a mortgage, raise kids and just die.… Read the rest

Writer Rhonny Dam’s Story: I’m fairly happy in life and have zero regrets about never having a child

There was never a time when I wanted to have a baby. When I was of that doll-getting age, the ones that you could feed and that you had to change were all the rage.… Read the rest

Leah’s Story: I have walked away from relationships because of the children issue and won’t hesitate to do it again

Whenever I hear people complain about how difficult it is to be a parent, my first thought is to remind them that it was a choice they made.… Read the rest

Mark’s Story: I have devoted my life to searching for the meaning of life and so having children has never been my concern

My partner and I live a contented life as a childless couple and that is a choice we made a long time ago. I personally have always felt a deep sense that there is more to this life than meets the eye and it was a relief to know that my partner felt the same way too.… Read the rest

Nadine’s Story: I don’t want to live with the guilt of having children I cannot afford

My partner and I sat down, had a frank discussion about our finances and came to the conclusion that unless one of us wins the lottery, there is no realistic chance of us starting a family.… Read the rest

Jessica’s Story: I am childless by choice unlike my mother who felt she had no choice but to become a mother

I am an only child and my mother never hid the fact that had it been for her, I would never have been born. It’s not that she doesn’t love me, she does.… Read the rest

Hana’s Story: My Buddhist faith has helped me make sense of my life as a childless woman

I moved to the UK from Korea over a decade ago for a better life and have now made it my home. I was already in my 30s when I first arrived and the main thing on my mind was to integrate.… Read the rest

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