To Kid Or Not To Kid

The Premiere of the Documentary Film, To Kid Or Not To Kid, by Maxine Trump

Last weekend I was in New York at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States! I attended the premiere of the documentary film, To Kid Or Not To Kid by filmmaker Maxine Trump. The film follows Maxine’s personal journey of moving through her decision to live childfree.   Continue reading “The Premiere of the Documentary Film, To Kid Or Not To Kid, by Maxine Trump”

World Population Day

World Population Day, 2018

Today is World Population Day 2018; it’s an annual event observed on July 11, and was founded to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached five billion people.”  The Population Clock shows the world population increases in real time-the last I looked it was: Continue reading “World Population Day, 2018”

rates of childlessness

A Long-Range Glance at Rates of Childlessness

Pew Research Center has some hot off the press fertility statistics. In addition to figures relating to motherhood postponement and average numbers of children, the data include “rates of childlessness” from many countries. The reported numbers inspired me to review statistics from the past to get a feel for more of a longer range picture. Continue reading “A Long-Range Glance at Rates of Childlessness”

To Baby or Not to Baby

Advice on the “To Baby or Not to Baby” Question

A recent “Ask Polly” on The Cut shocked me.  A woman writes in with the question, “Should I have a baby?” and even though Polly assures readers the “column is not a parody,” I admit I read the response more than once to be sure her advice actually seemed serious.  Continue reading “Advice on the “To Baby or Not to Baby” Question”

maternal instinct

On the Myth of Maternal Instinct

In my 2017 childfree trending piece, I discuss how in recent years we’ve been seeing more talk about pronatalism. Some articles use the word directly, some not. An excellent feature article that appeared on money.good.is magazine last fall by Mike Mariani gives us a great example of the latter. Continue reading “On the Myth of Maternal Instinct”

childless and childfree

Smart Talk about Conversing with Childless and Childfree Women

We see a lot of pieces out there with titles including “X number of things” to do/not to do or say/not to say regarding childless and childfree people, but a piece by Helene Tragos Stelian is one of the smartest I have seen in a while. Continue reading “Smart Talk about Conversing with Childless and Childfree Women”

birth control

One of the Many Negative Effects of Pronatalism & One Woman’s Solution

Have you heard of the non-profit organization, Project Prevention? Led by founder Barbara Harris, Project Prevention helps addicts and alcoholics get on long term or permanent birth control. Why? So they don’t conceive children. Continue reading “One of the Many Negative Effects of Pronatalism & One Woman’s Solution”

motherhood regret

Pronatalism’s Impact on Motherhood Regret

A recent article in the Life/Parent section of The Toronto Star took on a topic we’ve been seeing more of these days: motherhood regret. This article, “Mothers not alone in regret over having children” speaks to one of the most central pronatalist myths that all too often drives women to have children. Continue reading “Pronatalism’s Impact on Motherhood Regret”

baby matrix

Talking Pronatalism & The Baby Matrix on MotherShould?

I recently had the opportunity to talk about The Baby Matrix with Catherine Savini and Beverly Army Williams of MotherShould?, a site for those who are or have been on the fence about motherhood. Check out the  interview: Continue reading “Talking Pronatalism & The Baby Matrix on MotherShould?”