WHO ARE THE NOMOCRONES?

The #NomoCrones are a group of Childless Elderwomen from all over the world that Jody Day, founder of Gateway Women, gathers around the Zoom Fire each Solstice and Equinox. Guests vary from session to session and may include:

YOUR HOST: JODY DAY (UK/Ireland) is cusping 60 and is a World Childless Week Ambassador. She is the founder of Gateway Women, the global advocacy network for involuntarily childless women, and is a childfree ally too. She is a psychotherapist and the author of ‘Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children (Chapter 12 is about ageing without children). You can find out more about her emerging Gateway Elderwomen project here, and follow her on Instagram @ApprenticeCrone. If you are childless and 55+ and would like to become one of our #NomoCrone panellists, please get to know Jody in the ‘Childless Elderwomen’ subgroup of our online community as a first step. www.gateway-women.com


MARIA HILL (US) is in her 70s and is a World Childless Week Ambassador. She is the founder of Sensitive Evolution and a leader/coach in the field of HSP experience and growth, and the creator and leader of The Magic of Joy program. A writer, artist, teacher, coach and transformative thinker, Maria has been a long-time member/moderator of the Gateway Women / Childless Collective private online community, where she hosts the HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) subgroup. www.sensitiveevolution.com   www.magicofjoy.com


PAMELA MAHONEY TSIGDINOS (USA) 60 and was voted a World Childless Week Champion in 2023/4 for her groundbreaking and tireless work for the childless community globally. She is the author of ‘Silent Sorority’ (2009), the first infertility-and-after memoir not written by a mother, and 2015’s ‘Finally Heard’ which moves beyond the personal to examine the complex inter-relationship of the psychological, social and cultural implications of ‘Generation IVF.’ An award-winning journalist, researcher and truth-teller about the realities and the aftermath of ART (assisted reproductive technology) her newest paper, An IVF Survivor unravels ‘fertility’ industry narratives, was published in a special issue of the Journal of Marketing Management in 2022. www.silentsorority.com


SUE FAGALDE LICK (US) is 70 and is the author of the memoir & blog ‘Childless by Marriage’ and most recently ‘Love or Children: When You Can’t Have Both’, as well as a wonderful series of novels (beginning with Up Beaver Creek) featuring her inspiring and relatable childless heroine, ‘P.D’. ess heroines!) as well as journalism & poetry. She is childless due to her second husband changing his mind about having (more) children. A musician and singer, she is widowed and single. www.childlessbymarriageblog.com


ELIZABETH GRAMBSCH (USA) is in her late 50’s. A musician, performance coach and licensed Gateway Women workshop facilitator, she lives with her husband near Minneapolis, USA; they are childless due to health-related issues and after multiple miscarriages. Elizabeth has shared Germanic and Obijwe heritage which deeply informs her approach to ancestral healing and reintegration after trauma.  elizabethgrambsch.com


KAREN MALONE WRIGHT (US) is 65 and the founder of The NotMom, the site for women ‘childless by choice or by chance’ and The NotMom Summit. An only child, she is married and childless due to health issues. She now co-hosts ‘The NotMom Conversation‘ on YouTube. www.thenotmom.com


PATRICIA (TRISH) FAULKS (UK) is 73 and blogs regularly and candidly about being a solo childless elderwoman living alone in a small Lincolnshire market town with her dog Lilley. The only child of an only child, she is childless due to infertility in her early twenties. She and her then-husband tried to adopt but were turned down and she learned not to speak of her childlessness to anyone due to the awful comments people would make. The marriage ended, in part due to their childlessness and both of them found new partners. Trish then set up a successful corporate estate agency which she enjoyed running for many years until she sold it and retired. Her second life partner died many years ago now.  www.justmeandlilley.co.uk


CIVILLA MORGAN (US) is an author, blogger, and podcaster including her long-running Childless Not By Choice show. A former financial and investment professional, she was a caregiver for her mother at the end of her life and is now caring for her father. In her spare time, which she says hardly exists, she spends time reading, cooking and traveling. She is single and childless not by choice. https://www.civillamorgan.com/


Donna Ward portraitDONNA WARD (AUS) is in her mid-60s and is a writer, editor, publisher and former psychotherapist from Western Australia who now lives in Melbourne. Her fiction and personal essays have been awarded and published internationally and her 2020 memoir She I Dare Not Name: A Spinster’s Meditations on Life was published by Allen & Unwin Australia in March 2020 and is now also available in the UK and US. donna-ward.com.au You can see a video/written interview Jody did with Donna about her book here.


MARY HENSON (UK) is in her mid-50s. She is childless after multiple pregnancy losses and fertility treatments, a journey which began in her late twenties, and has recently also recovered from breast cancer. A veteran of the childless support space, Mary was a long-time volunteer at a pregnancy and baby loss charity, and has been an active member and moderator in the Gateway Women / Childless Collective online community for many years. She blogs candidly and insightfully about her life at It’s Inconceivable.


KATE KAUFMANN (US) is in her late 60s and the author of “Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer Is No”. Kate’s blog for Psychology Today, “Unapparent,” explores the lives and issues faced by the childless and childfree. She is childless due to failed infertility treatments and single after divorce. www.katekaufmann.com


Stella Duffy portraitSTELLA DUFFY OBE (UK/NZ) is 60, and lives in the UK. She is an existential psychotherapist pursuing doctoral research into the embodied experience of postmenopause and a yoga teacher teaching yoga for writers. She’s the author of seventeen (yes, you read that right) novels, over seventy short stories, as well as plays, feature articles and reviews. She and her wife are childless due to cancer treatment and subsequent failed IVF. http://stelladuffy.blog


SUSAN DOWRIE (AUS) is 60 and a long-time member of the Gateway Women/Childless Collective Online Community, as well as having hosted the member Gathering for Brisbane members for several years. A student and practitioner of NVC (Non-Violent Communication), Susan describes herself unapologetically as a Spinster and is single and childless due to not meeting the right man. https://gateway-women.com/community/


JACKIE SHANNON HOLLIS (US) is in her 60s and is the author of “This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story” about her journey to making peace within her marriage to a man who chose not to have children. For many years, she worked as a counselor in addiction treatment and later worked in human resources. She now lives in Portland, on the west side of Oregon. She and her husband, Bill, lead workshops on communication, conflict management, and building successful relationships and she also facilitates creative writing workshops for people experiencing homelessness and other hardships. As a survivor of sexual assault, Jackie also writes and speaks about the unfolding impact of sexual assault on survivors and those who love them.  www.jackieshannonhollis.com


SUE NEWSOME (UK) is 60 and a psychosexual therapist, coach and educator, and in 2013 was named ‘Sex Therapist of the Year’ by Outsiders, the UK charity that provides sex and relationship support to physically and socially disabled people. Partnered and childless-by-circumstance herself, Sue has been a long-time member of Gateway Women. www.suenewsome.com


TESSA BROAD (UK) is in her 60s and lives in rural Cornwall with her second husband and their dog. She is the author of ‘Dear You: A Letter to my Unborn Children’ (2017). When she has time in between caring duties for her elderly mother, she is working on her first novel. You can read Jody’s review of ‘Dear You’ here and find out more about Tessa on her website: https://tessabroad.co.uk/


RUTH BERKOWITZ (USA) is a Holistic Well-being Coach for childless not by choice people and an Insight Meditation Teacher. With support and time, she has found new perspectives and new directions to belonging and purpose. She guides other involuntarily childless women and men in navigating grief, finding acceptance, and looking to what’s next. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Spiritual Psychology. Ruth has facilitated groups and counselled individuals coping with many of life’s challenges. Leading a Caregivers Support Group in her local community and coaching childless caregivers of parents online has brought additional richness and depth to her work. Linked-In profile; Coaching website  https://yourlemonadelife.com/


SUZAN MUIR (AUS) experienced a powerful and intentional rite of passage in her early 50’s to become a young elder. Her passion for the fascinating complexity of self-generated food and energy systems has fueled her lifelong vocation of weaving sustainable connections between humans, plants, animals, soil and sustenance. She is also passionate about working with women at all stages of their lives to deepen their connection to their authentic and powerful inner selves and to the natural world through nature-based programs. The grief of living her life without children and the forest surrounding her home have been her greatest teachers. grampiansnatureprograms.org


Marcia Drut Davies portraitMARICA DRUT-DAVIS (US) is 80 and one of the most prominent names in the childfree-by-choice movement and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Childfree Committee in 2015. In 1974, affected by the shocking consequences of pronatalism, she lost a devoted teaching job after being interviewed on the TV show, ’60 Minutes’. She appears in two documentaries: ‘To Kid or Not To Kid’ by Maxine Trump and ‘My So-called Selfish Life’ by Theresa Schechter. She has written two books: Confessions of a Childfree Woman (2013); and What? You Don’t Want Children: Understanding Rejection in the Childlfree Lifestyle (2020). In 2017 Marcia keynoted at the NotMom Conference, as did Jody Day, and each found in the other a kindred spirit. Marcia lives in Florida with her husband Jim and one rescued, snarky, Chihuahua. www.childfreereflections.com


Emma Palmer portraitEMMA PALMER (UK) is in her mid-fifties and is the author of ‘Other than mother’, which explores the process of the parenthood decision, from many facets, including ecological considerations. It was nominated for a 2016 Population Institute Global Media Award. Emma was named Childfree Person of the Year in 2018 and is enthusiastic about building bridges between the childless and childfree, in the face of ongoing pronatalism. She lives in Bristol, England, with her partner and rescue guinea pigs, and works as a psychotherapist, facilitator, and ecopsychologist. She’s written four other books and is working on her fifth. She’s been practicing Buddhism since her early 20s, and loves the meeting place of centuries-old contemplation and 21st-century action. www.kamalamani.co.uk


 

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