All Episodes

September 8, 2021 50 min

Women without children walk the road less traveled—and for the vast majority of them, this path was not of their choosing. In fact, of the women who reach midlife without children, only 10% planned to be  “child free”, while 10% are childless due to infertility, and a full 80% are childless not by choice but rather, due to circumstances. Jody Day of Gateway Women shares her personal journey and discusses the many layers of disenfranchised grief surrounding childlessness. Specifically, we cover:

·        Second wave feminism and the unintended consequence of circumstantial childlessness.

·        The emotional, physical, and financial complexities of IVF—the real stats.

·        Jody’s thoughts on how to respond to the, “Oh, you would have made such a great mom!” comments.

·        When the term “biological clock” first appeared in the discourse.

·        The pain of “not being chosen” for partnership along with the “not being chosen” to be someone’s mother.

·        Grieving the loss of the “identity” of mother.

·        How to “reclaim our worthiness” and find our place as women without children.

·        The fetishism of motherhood.

·        Societal and policy concerns surrounding childless women.

The pain is real, but it’s a disenfranchised sorrow—how do you grieve the loss of something you never had? Join us for an empathic, supportive conversation and be sure to participate in World Childless Week’s virtual summit September 13 – 19, 2021.

Click here to get a free chapter from Jody's book - Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children

More info on Jody's book here: 

Sponsor: Millionaire Match

MillionaireMatch is an exclusive, award-winning dating site for elite singles looking for serious relationships & marriages!

Download the free app here:

Single is the New Black - Audiobook



Dr. Karin


Instagram: @dr.karin

Mark as Played

Advertise With Us

Popular Podcasts

Crime Junkie
Dateline NBC

Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know

If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.

    • Help
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • AdChoicesAd Choices