Ann in The Washington Post Discusses the Child-Free Life

article parenthood resources washington post Jun 04, 2018

I had a wonderful conversation with Petula Dvorak of The Washington Post about why women are choosing not to have children. As a Motherhood Clarity Coach who has been helping women figure out whether or not to have children for 25 years, it's so encouraging to see this conversation FINALLY happening in the mainstream. A day after this article came out, the topic of childfree women was discussed on The View.

I fundamentally believe women should have the right to figure out the best choice for themselves, rather than be pressured by society. 

Here is one of my quotes from the Post article: “I think there is far more permission to choose a child-free life than there ever has been,” Davidman said. “There’s so much out there to help child-free women feel good about themselves, to not feel shamed.”

Below is an excerpt and a link to the full article: 

The child-free life:
Why so many American women are deciding not to have kids
by Petula Dvorak

Oh, come on, millennial women. Just look at us.

Frantic and apologizing, overwhelmed between staff meetings and gymnastics, shamed for bottle-feeding, booted for breast-feeding, passed over for promotions, denied on the day-care list — isn’t this what you’ve always dreamed of?

No thanks, they’re saying, to today’s lovely vision of motherhood. And in huge numbers.

The American birthrate is sinking: 3.8 million babies were born last year — the lowest number in three decades and down 2 percent from 2016, according to a new report by the National Center for Health Statistics.

It’s a decline that is alarming demographers and social scientists — many of them men who chart womb activity like the consumer price index or manufactured-goods sales.

If this keeps up, they fret, we may become like Japan, where adult diapers outsell baby diapers... (Click to continue reading.)