Childless Not by Choice (CNBC) folk don’t often get much visibility. That’s why I was surprised when an email query landed in my inbox several weeks ago. It came at the same time my husband was in pre-op for outpatient surgery. Suffice to say, I knew how I’d be spending my time in the waiting room.
Happily, both the surgery and the story resulted in good outcomes. My patient is fully healed, and the article featuring several childless not by choice women is now live on MSNBC’s Know Your Value website.
This is a big deal for the predominantly pro-natal U.S. media.
Childless Not by Choice Voices
As fellow interviewee (and inspiration for the piece) Jess at Finding a Different Path explains in her latest blog post, there was one rather unfortunate stock photo choice. A pregnant woman image sat at the top of the story for the first several hours. Here’s how I initially shared it on a few social media sites.
When others who saw the image validated my frustration, I reached out to the MSBNC team to please remove it. Like Jess, I was pleasantly surprised our childless not by choice voices were heard and respected. It’s been a long road to this latest destination and there’s so much more to explore.
Speaking of wisdom to be gleaned by the childless not by choice, I’m happy to share a link to Sarah Chamberlin’s newest blog: Afterward Honesty. It launched this week. She writes: “I’m thankful we’re living in a time where involuntarily childless lives are being projected out in the world at ALL in any form.”
Couldn’t agree more. Drop by and say hello.
Finally, do join me and others for Jody Day’s latest NomoCrones Solstice Fireside Wisdom with Childless Elderwomen on Dec. 21. The webinar topic: Spiritual Malnutrition.
Join a merry band of wise nomocrones as they reverently and irreverently explore what it is so many of us childless women are looking for, and how we might find it in the messy imperfections of our daily lives. How do we fill our cup in a world that demands so much of us, yet seemingly offers so little?
Look forward to re-connecting with you all in the New Year. May 2022 brings us peace, laughter and joyful new discoveries.