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JODY DAY is the British founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women, and the author of 2016’s ‘Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children’. A founding and board member at AWOC.org (Ageing Without Children), she’s a former Cambridge Judge Business School Fellow in Social Innovation, a TEDx speaker and a trainee integrative psychotherapist. Jody takes great pleasure in helping childless women get their groove back and find their tribe via the Gateway Women workshops, social media communities and live social meetups across the world. www.gateway-women.com

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4 Comments on Growing Older Without the Milestones of Motherhood

  1. OMG! I thought I was nuts (well ok I am a little ;-)) and no one got it. My friends are smart, wonderful,fun, educated women and Mothers. No matter how hard I tried to explain it without sounding like a hater or jealous or bitter, no one seemed to “get it”. Its gotten worse as I’m close to 50. Thank you from my heart. I feel the healing about to take place. Thank you Thank you Thank you

    • Not easy is it? You go through what I can only describe as near insanity. It stays with you forever. It’s facing up to the fact that you are more alone than ever. I never envisaged this. With ageing parents I tried to do the right thing. Through stupidity or fear I ended up childless. . Now I am paying for it. Most of me says I deserve it. You make your bed and you have to lie in it. I don’t like myself much these days. No idea how my partner will put up with things for much longer but there you go. And where I live there is hardly any adoption they prefer to keep kids in the fostering system. Maybe it will get better but at the moment I can’t see it.

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