Grappling with ambivalence

Sara Hopkins has decided not to have children, but she still revisits her choice with mixed feelings. In this powerful episode, Sara shares what it’s like to live with ambivalence and consider what she might regret—and what she won’t—by choosing not to have children.

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Taking charge of your own destiny

In 2018, after ten years of suffering, Meng Wang was successfully treated for endometriosis. The procedure that would put an end to her pain meant that she wouldn’t be able to get pregnant in the future. So, she electively chose to be sterilised at the age of 29. The procedure drastically improved her quality of life , and she hasn’t looked back. But she had to fight to be able to get it done.

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Healing difficult relationships

Karen Anderson doesn’t remember a time that she ever wanted to have children. She just assumed she'd have them anyway. She thought she’d go to college, meet a guy, get married, and have kids. Because that’s what you do, right? I talked to Karen about deciding not to have biological children, about being a stepmother, and about her work on difficult mother-daughter relationships (and other difficult relationships).

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Episode 8: Many Paths to Motherhood

When Sonja Overhiser was diagnosed with a rare hereditary form of leukemia in her mid-twenties, she and her husband Alex had to rethink their plans for starting a family. In this episode Sonja and Sarah talk about the different paths to motherhood and the choices we make to create a family.

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Episode 7: Catalogue Baby Part 2

Our first update episode! Sarah checks in on Myriam Steinberg, a writer based in Vancouver, BC. Myriam's in her forties and she's been trying to have a baby on her own for the last five years. She’s documenting her experience in a graphic novel called Catalogue Baby. Myriam reveals some surprising news!

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Episode 5: Devotion

In small-town Connecticut in the late 1970s, Carol Egan got pregnant—quite unexpectedly—at 18. In this episode Carol describes her experience being sent away to a home for unwed mothers to give birth, being forced to give up her child and fighting to get him back, and raising her son as a young single mother.

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