World Childless Week 16-22 Sep 2019
World Childless Week aims to raise awareness of the childless not by choice (cnbc) community. To help the community to find support groups that understand their grief and can help them move forwards to acceptance. It's for anyone who is childless despite their longing to be a parent because they have never been pregnant (for any reason), not carried full term or have suffered the sadness of a baby born sleeping. All our Champions and founder Steph, represent our audience.
We are here for you through the year, we get louder in September
1 in 3
pregnancies end in miscarriage
1 in 5
women reach 45, childless
couples are childless
Stephanie Phillips, Founder, World Childless Week
"Being childless not by choice is the taboo subject of an unrecognised minority. World Childless Week is there to help the cnbc: validate their emotions, find support, build friendships, realise their own worth and find the confidence to speak out and celebrate their uniqueness. The gap that exists between parents and the childless community needs to be bridged and our grief needs to be recognised and respected."
World Childless Week Champions
Our World Childless Week Champions are the voices who lead by example and join us by invitation. They are strong and generous advocates who are selfless in supporting the childless not by choice community through sharing of their work, feelings, and promoting other people's work alongside their own. The Champions are comprised of speakers, creatives, writers, academics and bloggers, based across the world, representing diverse ethnicities, disabilities, genders and sexual orientation. They join Steph with the goal of making World Childless Week into a global and recognisable campaign that will impact in our community and outside it too.
"I am one half of a couple who believe they have successfully survived the infertility maelstrom. I believe the shared experience is a powerful tool, giving others the strength to be heard and not to feel so isolated, through my blog. I am passionate about the childless male voice and how we can contribute on the path to acceptance. World Childless Week is vital in bringing our community together and helping others understand."
"I'm CNBC and now dedicate my career to helping others through my professional practice who are finding it less than easy to copy with being CNCB by addressing whole body health , including mental and emotional.
I support World Childless Week to help raise awareness for this (not so) minority group of people, opening up the conversations, as a way of educating others to the realities of what we go through each day. We may not be mothers, but we can contribute our part to changing the world".
Anne Barratt runs Empowering Health
"When the dream of motherhood doesn’t come true, where do we turn too? I think one of the keys towards acceptance can be found in connecting and exchanging with people who share the same life experience. World Childless Week is a powerful opportunity: to be heard, supported and understood. Yes, the road towards accepting childlessness is difficult. But I strongly believe that together, a click at a time, we can help others have better understanding of our life experience and more compassion".
Catherine-Emmanuelle Delisle is the founder of Femme Sans Enfant
“I am grateful and happy to be a part of the World Childless Week team, as I remember how lonely it can feel being involuntary childless. After my journey of nine years it took plenty of time and inquiry to recover from all the surgeries, heartache and pain. My younger self would have been so relieved by the taboo breaking and loving energy of World Childless Week.”
“When my best friend became a mother I wondered how in earth could I still be her friend with this between us? What happens, when she finds her Mummy-tribe and I'm all on my own? No friends. No children.
This is when I found this tribe, first through Jody Day and Gateway Women, now, after a few years I see that the world is full with my tribe. Women who are so different from what I thought a future of a life without my own children would look like. World Childless Week gives all of us an opportunity to connect, to tell our stories. To be the tribe. To live within this community of awesome women. It's sad that a childless life was given to us. I'm so grateful you all are part of the life that was given to me. I feel privileged to be a World Childless Week Champion.”
Yvonne Maier runs a World Childless Week Facebook page in Germany
“One of the many difficulties of involuntary childlessness can be social isolation. World Childless Week, in bringing together so many different people and organizations, amplifies our voices; in doing so, it makes it more likely that someone struggling in silent grief finally discovers that they're not alone. Also, by showcasing the work of diverse approaches to recovering and living well with involuntary childlessness, it shows that there’s no right (or wrong) way to heal – each of us has different needs and desires. I’m also heartened to see that, for many, World Childless Week offers them the permission they need to speak out about their experience, perhaps for the first time, either by contributing here or sharing something on their personal, workplace or community platforms. It’s also hugely fulfilling for me to connect and collaborate with my peers from around the world as together we give voice to the childless liberation movement.”
Jody Day is a psychotherapist, the author of Living the Life Unexpected, a TEDx speaker and the Founder of Gateway Women
"Being Jewish, CNBC, and living in Israel is not simple. There is a huge emphasis on children and being without is very challenging and lonely. World Childless Week offers a wonderful way to connect and share with CNBC people from around the world in a supportive way. I'm grateful to be a part of it."
Ruth hosts the Gateway Women Israel Meet-up Group and Gateway Women Israel Facebook group, and is the creator of www.holisticsinginglessons.com empowering women's voices and self-expression.
"As a media researcher I find it astonishing that, in the age of communication, there is so much silence about so many millions of people around the globe. I find this silence disturbing, not only because there is so much loneliness and suffering behind it, but also because it effectively means that the childless are invisible and their needs ignored. Being part of World Childless Week is an invaluable opportunity to give a voice to those who are voiceless and contribute to a fairer society".
Prof. Cristina Archetti is the author of Untold Stories: When the family dream goes unrealized
“Being a woman without children and working as a midwife was a very tough challenge for me. Surviving infertility and my gestational losses made me aware of the resilience we have as human beings, and how we can use it to accept the life we have.
When people stop trying to have children, they need to know that there is a network of people who have already been through it and take care of them. That network is some of the people who support World Childless Week, each one at the local level and together we act globally, to be in connection and nurture each other.”
Gloria Labay is the founder of the project: La vida sin Hijos
“When I realised that I wasn't going to be a mother I thought I was the only one in the world. Today the World Childless Week is taking the awareness to another level and help people know that they are not alone. It's such an honour to be a part of this week. Together we are building a new belonging.”
Linda Malm is the founder of Andra sidan tröskeln
“How couldn't I support World Childless Week? Not having a child - and experiencing that extraordinary grief in this dismissive 'As a mother' world - is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. And I've had a lot of crap happen to me. (As my friend Gemma said: 'Well done on having a life so shit you made money out of it.')
Finding your tribe - people you can grieve safely with - is vital. And World Childless Week brings the tribe together.”
Bibi Lynch is a writer and broadcaster
"I always expected to be a dad. I wanted to be a dad. I was terribly broody in my mid 30’s because I was not a dad. I was jealous, frustrated and angry. Men get broody too. My hope is that man’s drive and need for nurturing and caring is taken seriously. World Childless Week is an excellent platform for men-who-want(ed)-to-be dads to be heard across the globe."
Dr. Robin Hadley has a PhD in Social Gerontology, MSc in Research Methods, MA in Counselling. Find out more about is work here
"The voices of queer women and of working class women are often missing from discussions around infertility and childlessness not by choice.
I am open about the ongoing griefs of childlessness that exist for me alongside other joys because I find strength and comfort from the honesty and openness of others, and because our stories are all too often ignored - sometimes this is because they are too hard for us to share and sometimes because those who are parents find them too hard to hear. World Childless Week is a great chance for genuine dialogue".
Stella Duffy is a writer and theatremaker and you can read more about her at Not Writing But Bloggin
"I am supporting World Childless Week because I feel that it is important for women who are childless not by choice to be heard.
As a woman of colour I have been silenced to the point of being too ashamed to say that I am childless but now I can celebrate the woman that I have become through the power of owning my story".
Yvonne John is the author of Dreaming of a Life Unlived
"Feelings of isolation and being alone are very common when you are CNBC and one of the wonderful things about World Childless Week is that it creates a world-wide community having open, honest conversations about those subjects that matter to us. The value of this cannot be underestimated.
I know that it's possible to live a fulfilling life and I want to show others how they can have this too".
Lesley Pyne is the author of Finding Joy Beyond Childlessness
"What we admire the most about Stephanie Phillips is that she is giving a voice to those whom have not: World Childless Week supports the childless community to find, courage, strength and determination to make a difference."
Rod Silvers (left) wrote, co-produced and featured in the 2011 film England Expects exploring one man’s journey of IVF. The film inspired him to write the play Terry and Jude which he is co-producing, collaborating and performing in with his fellow actor James Petherick who also appeared in England Expects. You can find out more about Rod Silvers here
“I am supporting World Childless Week because I believe it is doing amazing work in helping people to live big and bravely whatever their fertility and family story. We all have one (whether or not we have children) and it’s so important that the world understands and celebrates that.”
Jessica Hepburn is the author of two books: The Pursuit of Motherhood and 21 Miles and Founder of Fertility Fest and an Adventure Activist taking on some of the world’s most iconic endurance challenges to raise awareness of what it means to struggle to conceive
"When failed IVF cycles and recurrent miscarriages left me facing a future without the children I had longed for, I found silence when I needed conversation and support.
I am passionate about giving a voice to the childless not by choice and building bridges between us and those who have children so we can create an equal and empathic society. Nobody should feel alone. World Childless Week is a critical part of this movement for change.”
"I wanted to be a Mum more than anything else in the world. When I finally realised it was not going to be possible, I decided to turn my energies towards supporting childless not by choice people and set up my own counselling business to provide practical and emotional support.
World Childless Week is important because we need connection, we need to see ourselves reflected in the world and we need to be visible. I'm delighted to be a part of that. Also, as a woman who is part of the LGBTQ+ community, I am proud to bring this aspect of my life to World Childless Week, helping to raise awareness of all members of this community who,for various reasons, were unable to have the children they wanted".
Meriel Whale is a counsellor at Meriel Whale Counselling
“I'm a chocolate lover, book reader, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Road trips and good conversation are always fun too. I am trying to live with an open heart and mind whilst being childless not by choice and moving forward to live the life I have to the fullest. I'm proud to be a World Childless Week Champion and part of this wonderful community."
Vicky has worked with Sacred Heart since 2004: as a public speaker on disability issues. She is a graduate of Mercy College. She is the founder of Facebook group Disabled American Non-Mom
"I feel honored to play a small part in World Childless Week. Childless women are everywhere…we’ve just been too afraid to raise our head, much less our voices. World Childless Week provides a medium for us to unite and bring about change… because We Are Worthy".
Sandy spearheaded the first US city and state to recognize World Childless Week. She is proud to have her name associated with Louisiana Childless Week and Baton Rouge Childless Week which aligns to the World Childless Week movement.
Sandy Langhart Michelet founded The Childless Life.
“Our moms can’t describe how life might unfold once we know having children isn’t our destiny. So I sought out childless women of all ages who could tell me. We all have vital stories to share at every stage of our lives—stories of grief, exploration, discovery, and healing. World Childless Week is a goldmine of such stories, a gift to each of us everywhere, and a community no longer silenced. “
Kate Kaufmann is the author of Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No
“A fervent traveller, a lover of life, music, a cervical cancer survivor and a woman who is childless not by choice and so much more than that! Being childless does not define me anymore, it is part of who I am and therefore I am very proud to be a part of World Childless Week and help raise awareness on this topic. By sharing our stories with each other and with the world, we can create a safe space where we can be heard, seen, acknowledged and understood. Where our voices can be heard without judgement”.
Karin is the Gateway Reignite Facilitator for Benelux and a volunteer for the Olijf foundation (a Dutch organisation that supports Women with Gynaecological cancer).