David Brooks and Outmoded Thinking About Singles and the Childfree

First, let me say I am a fan of David Brooks’ political commentary. But I can’t always say this about his thinking on sociological issues. Take his recent op-ed, “The Age of Possibility” in The New York Times.  You’ll see that he needs to expand his thinking about people who don’t have kids …and singles as well. Continue reading “David Brooks and Outmoded Thinking About Singles and the Childfree”

Laura Carroll, pronatalism

Adiana: What Happened to it as a Permanent Contraception Option?

I have previously posted on two non-surgical sterilization procedures, Adiana and Essure. Both have big benefits over a tubal ligation. But for Adiana it’s past tense-unfortunately, this procedure is no longer available. Why? It boils down to a law suit… Continue reading “Adiana: What Happened to it as a Permanent Contraception Option?”

Canadians: Taking a Closer Look at New Childless Census Data

Canada released some additional 2011 Census numbers this week.  They include statistics on a variety of demographics, including rises in same-sex marriages and common-law relationships.  When it comes to numbers relating to the “childless” a little dissection is needed, as well as reaction to some media commentary. Check it out. Continue reading “Canadians: Taking a Closer Look at New Childless Census Data”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

On Sterilization and Future Regret

A recent Slate article by Bryan Lowder, titled “Sterilize Me, Please: Why Is It So Difficult For Women to Get Their Tied?” gets at one of the most frustrating experiences for many childfree women who want to choose permanent birth control. I can’t tell you how many emails I have received from childfree women who were having a hard time finding a doctor who was unwilling to do a sterilization procedure, whether it be a tubal ligation, essure or adiana. All too often docs say the women will regret it down the road. But do they? Here are some numbers. Continue reading “On Sterilization and Future Regret”

Making Motherhood a Choice in Brazil

There’s some good stuff happening in Brazil. A facebook follower recently posted a link about the first book out on the childless by choice topic. It is not available in English yet so I hear, but when it is I will let you know!

Another person who visits my families of two facebook page posted a recent story about an organization involved in changing “the embedded view in poor teenagers that suggests motherhood is a destination instead of a personal choice.” Vera Cordeiro, Founder and General Superintendent of Associação Saude Criança, gives detail:

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Being Told You’ll Change Your Mind -Let’s Put it to Rest!

Slate recently asked to hear from the childfree who are happy, and they have been posting on what they’ve received. “Combing through the nearly 300 submissions”, one of the posts talked about how “a constant refrain jumps out: People with kids do not believe people without kids when they say they will never have kids.” I want to put this notion to rest, but before I do… Continue reading “Being Told You’ll Change Your Mind -Let’s Put it to Rest!”

Words From the Wise Childfree

In the book, 30 Lessons For Living:Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans, author Karl Pillemer tells us what he learned from surveys and interviews of over 1500 of elder Americans, 65 and older. He calls them our “experts.” He ends with a section that encourages us to find the wisdom in people we know and gives questions to ask of “experts” in our lives.  When I meet “experts” who are childfree, I like to do the same; in this case, with a childfree theme.  One great “elder” I’ve met in this regard is… Continue reading “Words From the Wise Childfree”

Laura Carroll, Childfree Choice

Back to the Debate on Who’s Happiest – Parents or Non-Parents

Here we go again. An article on USAToday.com, “Parents are happier than non-parents, studies suggest” talks about two new studies that involve data from thousands of adults around the globe.  Here is what researcher Chris Herbst of Arizona State University says is undeniable about the findings… Continue reading “Back to the Debate on Who’s Happiest – Parents or Non-Parents”