BONUS 195: Joy in a Life Without Your Own Children

February 22, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.

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Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss how to live a happy and full life without your own children:

CHILDFREE & HAPPY

  • What does it mean to choose or accept a childfree life after infertility?
  • What exactly is the right name for this situation? Do you have a suggestion? I know there is a lot of debate about it within the infertility community. Friend of the show, Justine Froelker, calls it “childful.”
  • What are some myths about living childfree, and what are the facts?
  • Tell us about the decision to not adopt — or to stop pursuing adoption.
  • How can an individual or couple decide their “enough” point? And why is it important that it’s not framed as “giving up”?
  • What about when couples disagree about remaining childfree?
  • How can individuals and couples grieve this loss?
  • How can individuals and couples cope with their decision?
  • What’s next? What are other ways to include children in their lives?
  • What can society and the infertility community do to better support these individuals and couples?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to listeners who are considering living childfree?

BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.

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