“You think you might not have children? Voluntarily? WHAT??!”
(Used by permission of David G. McAfee)
Going child-free is sometimes a choice, sometimes not. Sometimes it can be shrugged off with a laugh. Sometimes the vitriol is intense. “Not participating in the perpetuation of the human species? Are you nuts?”
The good news is that you’re definitely not alone.
The National Center of Health Statistics confirms that the percentage of American women of childbearing age who define themselves as childfree (or voluntarily childless) rose sharply in the 1990s—from 2.4 percent in 1982 to 4.3 percent in 1990 to 6.6 percent in 1995.
America’s fertility rate steadily declined between 2014 and 2017, and 2017 marked the lowest rate in over 30 years, with 60.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44, according to the most recent data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I am child-free by choice and never regretted it. If you’re facing the question and want some support, get in touch with me.
As a life coach, it’s not my job to steer you one way or another about this life-changing decision, but I can help you wrangle the thoughts and emotions, gain perspective, and move forward on the path that’s right for you.