In a culture that seems obsessed by all things mommy, it’s startling to learn that nearly 1 in 5 women in the U.S. do not have children, the lowest birthrate in this country’s history. But why? That’s what women across the country are talking about right now, especially following the buzz-worthy stories recently published in Time Magazine (The Childfree Life), More Magazine (Childless by (100-Percent Regret-Free) Choice) and the Huffington Post (Childless and Middle-Aged – What’s Wrong With You? and The Truth About the Childless Life).
Here’s more of this fascinating and heartfelt discussion:
Melanie Notkin is the founder of Savvy Auntie and national bestselling author of Savvy Auntie – The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids (Morrow 2011). Her next book, Otherhood (Seal Press/Penguin Canada) will be published in early 2014.
Jane Gassner is the founder and editor of MidLifeBloggers.com, an on-line magazine that showcases the best voices of the internet’s midlife writers. She has plied her craft as a writer in just about every situation that calls for putting words on paper or screen: non-fiction book writer, blogger, magazine feature writer, documentary producer, scholarly writer, business writer, print editor, radio reporter, and creative writing teacher.
Mary Beth Harris was her mother’s caregiver for more than 10 years. She has shared her story in her book Me? A Caregiver?, which won the Caregiver Friendly Award for 2013.