Amrita Nandy

Amrita Nandy, Ph.D.

Maternal Outliers in India: A Q&A with Amrita Nandy

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing New Delhi-based researcher, activist and journalist Amrita Nandy about her paper, “Outliers of Motherhood,” and her upcoming book on this subject. Here is the Q&A: Continue reading “Maternal Outliers in India: A Q&A with Amrita Nandy”

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A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix

I recently received an e-letter from someone in China (who wishes to remain anonymous) who read my books, Families of Two and The Baby Matrix. With permission to share it, here are candid thoughts and insightful commentary on being childfree in China and its reproductive culture: Continue reading “A Chinese Reader’s Take on Families of Two & The Baby Matrix”

Update on the Work of Israeli Scholar and Author, Orna Donath

I recently heard from Orna Donath, an Israeli scholar and author I interviewed awhile back on the childfree in Israel. She has two new published articles about motherhood and regret in Israel based on her Ph.D. work. Check them out and my interview with her here:

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Growing Research on the Childfree in India

As an author on the childfree choice, I am always keeping the pulse on international trends. Awhile back I posted on the growing numbers of childfree in India. It seems research in this area is growing in this country as well. Most recently, a research scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai who is looking for research participants contacted me. Continue reading “Growing Research on the Childfree in India”

Falling Birthrates, More Elderly – An Opportunity?

One of the many ways being childfree has been criticized relates to how it contributes to falling birthrates. Some experts think that low birthrates are not good for the future of countries, or the world, for that matter.  Why?  Because there will be too many old people. As  Bryan Walsh on Times’s Ecocentric blog writes, Continue reading “Falling Birthrates, More Elderly – An Opportunity?”

DINKs, GINKs, Now Ding Chongs

In addition to today’s trends of the Chinese seeing parenthood as a choice, the recent article on the childfree in China also spoke to how “Dogs are the new bundles of joy for some childless families, giving rise to a new phenomenon known as  ding chong, or ‘double income with pet.’ ”  Are pets bundles of joy for more families without children than not? My take… Continue reading “DINKs, GINKs, Now Ding Chongs”

Demographic Issues in China

chinese-popThere are some interesting trends going on in China. For a country that has had the one child per couple law for about 30 years now, it may be moving toward a time when they don’t need this kind of law anymore. LA Times journalist David Pierson explains… Continue reading “Demographic Issues in China”

Realities of Environmental Reasons Not to Have Children

Lisa Hymas’ piece on rhrealitycheck.org hits the nail on the head: When it comes to the “impact of humanity on the environment,” it’s not the people in poor or developing countries who have “more kids than they can feed,” or even immigrants who come here with big families, it’s white, middle class (and higher) Americans we need to focus on. The problem: Continue reading “Realities of Environmental Reasons Not to Have Children”