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JODY DAY (1964) is the British founder of Gateway Women, the global support & advocacy network for childless women, founded in 2011. She’s the author of what many professionals consider to be the ‘go-to’ book on the topic, ‘Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children’ (PanMac 2016/2020). Chosen as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2013 & a UK Digital Woman of the Year in 2021, she’s a global thought leader on female involuntary childlessness, a psychotherapist, a 2017 and 2022 TEDx speaker, a founding and former board member at the UK Charity Ageing Without Children and a former Fellow in Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School. Often referred to as the founder of the ‘childless movement’ she’s an Ambassador for World Childless Week and an Advisor at the New Legacy Institute, a global, intersectional, interdisciplinary policy institute and social justice platform for people without children where she is a co-ordinator for its Aging Justice Hub. After a lifetime in London, she now lives in West Cork, rural Ireland , where she’s completing a novel (featuring a childless heroine of course!) and nurturing her emerging Gateway Elderwomen project.

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SONIA SUMAN (UK) is the Community Manager for the Lighthouse Women Private Online Community (formerly known as the Gateway Women Online Community). Sonia’s professional background is in academia; she has a PhD in Renaissance Literature and has taught at both school and university level. Sonia also worked as part of the well-being team supporting undergraduates and postgraduates at a major British university. This also led her to study and train to teach mindfulness and self-compassion, which has been a huge part of her own healing journey too. She is passionate about community and became a Gateway Gatherings (now Lighthouse Women Gatherings) Host for the Worcestershire (UK) area in 2018, and realising the difference it made to her life having a local network of childless friends, she has gradually got more and more involved with GW to the point that she’s now an invaluable part of both the Gateway and Lighthouse Women teams. You can contact her directly at


YVONNE JOHN is a Licensed Gateway Women Facilitator, a World Childless Week Ambassador, a trainee counsellor and the author of the book 'Dreaming of the Life Unlived: Intimate Stories and Portraits of Women Without Children.' A gifted public speaker and passionate about creating inclusivity for black women and women of colour in the cultural narratives of childlessness, Yvonne has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, including BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’. She also blogs about her own evolving recovery from childlessness at her website: 'Finding My Plan B.'
Yvonne’s website: Finding My Plan B. Email:

SARAH LAWRENCE is a Licensed Gateway Women Facilitator and lives in Kent, UK with her husband and two cats. She is the founder of the childless support community 'After the Storm', and one-third of the award-winning childless podcast, 'The Full Stop'. A person-centred counsellor, she is currently undertaking further training to specialise in trauma, as many aspects of childless women's stories, not just our childlessness, may carry unresolved trauma. Sarah is childless as a result of endometriosis and adenomyosis, both of which resulted in many operations and procedures over a long period of time, and ultimately led to her having a hysterectomy in 2017.
Sarah’s website: After The Storm. Email: 

SOPHIA ANDEH is a Licensed Gateway Women Facilitator, a yoga teacher, an award-winning childless coach and the founder of 'Butterfly and Beyond.' She has coached in the corporate sector for over 20 years, and now has a special interest in coaching childless women to help them create fulfilling lives without children. Her work promotes inclusivity and raises awareness of the unconscious bias that can marginalize, isolate and strip women of their self-worth and role within society, including in the workplace. Sophia is childless by circumstance having not found a partner to have children with and having been unsuccessful in her attempts to pursue solo motherhood through fertility treatments.
Sophia’s website: Butterfly & Beyond. Email:

Sarah’s website: The Empty Cradle. Email:

CATHERINE-EMMANUELLE DELISLE is a licensed Gateway Women Facilitator based in Montreal, Canada. She is a qualified Therapist For Relationship Assistance (TRA), an elementary school teacher and the founder of the award-winning Francophone website for women without children, ‘Femme Sans Enfant‘. Now in her mid-40s, Catherine-Emmanuelle was diagnosed with unexplained early menopause at 14 and told that she would never be able to have biological children. Catherine-Emmanuelle has been closely involved with Gateway Women since 2012 and is also a World Childless Week Ambassador.
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KRISTINE MALLETT is a Licensed Gateway Women Facilitator. In her mid-fifties, she lives with her husband and puppy in New Jersey, USA. She recently retired as a middle-school teacher and is trained in classical ballet and Polynesian dance. Kristine is childless due to an early, unhappy marriage that she chose not to bring children into; she was then single for most of her thirties before meeting her current husband. After a miscarriage and multiple rounds of IVF, her treatment came to a shocking conclusion with medication-induced, life-threatening blood clots in both lungs. Kristine has been a much loved Gateway/Lighthouse Women Gatherings Host since 2014 and a Reignite Facilitator since 2018.
Contact Kristine via Lighthouse Women or email:

KELLY BRANDT is a Licensed Gateway Women Facilitator and lives in San Marino, California with her husband. Childless herself due to infertility and early-term loss, since undertaking her own healing work through Gateway Women, she has since qualified as a Certified Grief and Bereavement Facilitator (Glendale Adventist Hospital training). She has also led two non-denominational services of remembrance for World Childless Week. Now in her fifties, she's a qualified Pilates instructor and massage therapist and recently became a Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide. She has been a local Gateway/Lighthouse Gathering Host since 2015 and has been leading Reignite Weekends since 2017.
Contact Kelly via Lighthouse Women or email: