Kate Kaufmann’s new book gives an invaluable insight on being childless in today’s society

Have you decided to end your fertility journey? It is one of, if not, the most, difficult decisions anyone can make, but it happens more than you might realise

But what is life really like without children? Many people spend years trying to understand their purpose in life and how to live the life less travelled.

US author Kate Kaufmann’s new book on being involuntarily childlessness, Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No, is a savvy and validating guide to what might be in store for growing numbers of childfree and childless adults worldwide.

The book explores topics from the shifting meaning of family to what we leave behind when we die. Weaving together wisdom from women aged 24 to 91 with her own story and a growing body of research, Kate brings to light alternate routes to lives of meaning, connection, and joy.

Dr Amy Blackstone, professor of Sociology, University of Maine, and author of Childfree by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family and Creating a New Age of Independence, said: “This book is a must-read for anyone without kids and for those who care about someone who is not a parent.”

Kaufmann’s own fertility struggles led to her interest in what the experience of non-mothers is like. Today as a non-mom, Kaufmann has talked intimately about the topic with hundreds of women and men and hopes to spark two million conversations on the topic through Do You Have Kids? conversations that can dispel stubborn stereotypes and stigmas about the childfree and childless.

Do You Have Kids? is not a typical guide for finding solace in the midst of infertility or for consciously choosing not to have children. Rather, it serves as a roadmap for what the childless and childfree can expect as they navigate life. Non-moms by choice and by chance can learn from five generations’ advice and personal stories that detail the good, the bad, and the unexpected that comes from leading a fulfilling life without children.

Kate Kaufmann embarked on her life as a non-mom when she abandoned fertility treatments, quit her corporate job, and moved from the suburbs to a rural community to raise sheep. Since 2012, she has talked with hundreds of women and advocates for better understanding of the childless/childfree demographic.

Have you decided to end your fertility journey? How difficult was the decision for you? We’d like to hear from you, email mystory@ivfbabble.com

To find out more about Kate visit her at www.katekaufmann.com

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