If you’re childless by circumstance, with those circumstances ranging from infertility through to all kinds of situations such as your partner not wanting (more) children, a chronic illness, not being able to find a partner (what is now known as ‘social infertility’), not being able to afford having a baby ‘on your own’ (and not being all that keen about being a solo mother either), thinking you didn’t want children and then realising you did, your relationship breaking down during fertility treatments or perhaps one of at least 50 Ways Not To Be A Mother…
You’re in the right place.
Or perhaps you’re still hopeful of becoming a mother but the needle on your fertility clock has been in the red for a while and things are looking scarily like you too are going to ‘end up’ as ‘one of those freakish, twisted, bitter women without children’… (we’re not like that, that’s Snow White and Cruella de Vil you’re thinking of)
Welcome. Pull up a chair. Get a cup of tea or something stronger and make yourself comfortable. Things are just about to get a whole lot easier.
Read the blogs and articles on subjects close to our heart – from coping with the changing nature of your friendships, dealing with Christmas, the daft ‘advice’ people give us, being lumbered with all the weekend shifts at work, worrying about getting old without children and dealing with &*%ing baby showers, etc.
Download the introduction and first two chapters of ‘Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfiling Life Without Children.’ Published in Autumn 2013 and already a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both Kindle & Paperback versions. A Kobo (ePub) version is also available for all other e-readers. There’s also a free private Book Club for members of the GW Online Community.
Join our fabulous private online Community A supportive, intelligent, friendly, compassionate, private online community of women like us from all over the world who ‘get’ what it’s like to be a childless woman in our motherhood-obsessed world. As one of our members described it: Support for the hard stuff; enthusiasm for the good stuff. If you’re feeling isolated and the ‘odd one out’ joining this Community will be the beginning of a new outlook as well as new online and offline friends. We like to think of it as our own ‘school gates’ network. Join in our member-organised events from Manchester to Melbourne, from Texas to Tunbridge Wells! It’s free for the first month and then free/paid subscriptions available thereafter.
Find out more about Gateway Women workshops and events – our life-changing, friend-making, taboo-busting and unique workshops, retreats, talks, meetups and online events. Women from all over the world fly in to attend these workshops, so if you’re in the UK, what’s keeping you?
Join our free, private, global social groups organised via Meetup - we have groups for UK & Ireland, USA, Australia, NZ and Canada with South Africa coming soon… To join a group, first you need to join meetup.com (if you’re not already a member) and then apply to join the group nearest to you. Memberships have to be approved by Gateway Women before they are accepted so you’ll find that they are safe, friendly and private. Individual gatherings are member-organised so if there isn’t something happening in a town or city near you, as a member you can suggest and host one. It’s not as scary as it might sound and I’m happy to advise if you’re new to it as you get going.
Listen, watch & read some of the interviews and articles which have featured Jody and Gateway Women including: The Guardian, Woman’s Hour, BBC News, BBC World Service, Radio 5 Live, Psychologies Magazine, Prospect UK Magazine, Sunrise TV (AUS), The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times Style Magazine, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, Woman’s Own, The Sunday Mirror…
Sign up for Gateway Women Updates and be the first to hear about Gateway Women in the media as well as dates for new workshops and events (they sell out very quickly). Don’t worry, I won’t share your details or take over your in-box – I can’t stand it when people do that to me and frankly until the cat learns to type I simply don’t have the time!
Welcome to Gateway Women. It’s the club you never wanted to join, but once you’ve got the support you need to get through your grief and out of your isolation, life starts getting fun again
(Yes, I used the “F” word).
Solo Reignite Weekend : Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February 2015
The experience of being both single and childless has a unique flavour. This Reignite Weekend will begin to liberate you from the shame (and bull****!) that our society currently heaps on single, childless women.
£50 deposit to book : Earlybird £275 before 1st Jan : £295 after 1st Jan
School of Life: ‘Life Without Kids’ – Saturday 28th February 2015
This one-day intensive (open to both men and women) will explore what it means to be a childless adult in our society, and how together we can develop a positive cultural narrative that is closer to the reality of our lives, choices and circumstances. We will discover what there is to celebrate and appreciate in not having children as well as acknowledging that there will still sometimes be hard days.
£165 for the day – book via School of Life website
Plan B Mentorship Programme 2015/16 – Starts Sunday 8th March 2015
The 12 month programme where shift happens! One workshop on a Saturday or Sunday each month (excluding August) until March 2016.
£125 per session – SOLD OUT
The Reignite Weekend: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2015
Letting go of your childless past and looking forward to a meaningful and fulfiling future
£50 deposit to book : Earlybird £275 before 10th Feb: £295 after