One in four women born in the mid-1970s, like me, will reach their 45th birthday without giving birth. A few have actively chosen not to have children. Others are stepmothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers. But research suggests the vast majority of childless women haven't chosen their situation.
As a woman who is childless by circumstance, I know the painful feelings that can arise from not being a mother when you wanted a family. I've experienced grief, shame, isolation and many other emotions. I've wondered what I'll do with my urge to nurture.
In goddess spirituality, the mothering years are seen as a time to create - not just babies but also new projects and ways of being. We all have creative power and energy to make positive changes in our own lives and in the world. Finding yourself childless by circumstance can force you onto a deep journey to find meaning and purpose - and it can give you the opportunity to get in touch with your true, convention-defying nature. Come and explore this in a nurturing circle of women. We'll talk about whatever you want to bring to the group, whether it's sadness, excitement, envy, laughter or love - there's space for all this and more.
I also run Motherhood & Otherhood circles to bring childless women and mothers together in a healing environment. Sadly, it's mothers who often - unintentionally - make the most hurtful comments to childless women. Meanwhile, childless women may have fantasies about family life that don't reflect the often-difficult reality, and can even start to avoid friends with children because it's too painful to be around them.
But we need to be joined, not divided! These groups give both sets of women the chance to talk.
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