Topic: family planning

Singapore Government Reminds Women To Have Babies ASAP Via Obnoxious Fairytales

Singapore Government Reminds Women To Have Babies ASAP Via Obnoxious Fairytales

When it comes to being childless, whether by choice or not, women are frequently criticized while men face little to no repercussions. From well-intentioned remarks to snide comments from family, friends or strangers, women are often told that motherhood is somehow our duty, and by deciding not to participate means we’re incomplete. Now, shaming those females who have opted out of parenthood is apparently an actual government duty — via fairytale. More »

How I Finally Got My Tubes Tied: 4 Stories From Real Women

How I Finally Got My Tubes Tied: 4 Stories From Real Women

More and more women are making the decision to be childfree–but that doesn’t mean it’s getting any easier to find a doctor who is supportive of or willing to perform an elective tubal ligation on a childfree woman under the age of 40, mostly because they’re afraid the patient will change her mind (even though most women don’t). But for those women who are sure–and there are many of them–it’s worth it to fight and even lie to get an operation to ensure they live the lives they want. More »

Childfree By Choice: Why Is It Still So Hard To Believe I Won’t Change My Mind?

Childfree By Choice: Why Is It Still So Hard To Believe I Wonât Change My Mind?

Almost a year ago, I wrote about my decision to be childfree by choice, and how frequently that decision is met with the uninformed opinion that I will eventually change my mind. But here I am, a year and many articles on the subject by very respected and respectable people later. No tubal ligation. No desire to be a parent. And still, every time I even so much as mention in passing that I don’t want to be a parent–not now, not ever–all of my thinking and living and feeling is immediately disregarded and delegitimized by someone else’s conviction that I will change my mind. When more and more women are mindfully choosing the child-free path, and more and more media outlets are talking about it, why is this still shocking? More »

Resolution Rehab: Make Time For Family Dinner (Even If You Don’t Have Kids)

Resolution Rehab: Make Time For Family Dinner (Even If You Don't Have Kids)

Today, the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog touched on a big issue from last year when it reminded its readers of a study from last fall about kids and drugs, which pointed out the importance of a family dinner. Eating together has received a lot of praise in the last year (Laurie David‘s The Family Dinner was one of 2011′s most celebrated cookbooks)–but it’s not just for families with children. Family dinners are just as important childfree families (whether they plan to have kids or not), because, while they probably won’t keep anyone off drugs, they can help encourage mindful eating, and foster a healthy relationship. If you’ve resolved to be more healthy this year, consider taking it to the dinner table. More »

LeAnn Rimes Asks That Fans “Stop Discussing My Ovaries”; This Is Sound Advice

LeAnn Rimes Asks That Fans "Stop Discussing My Ovaries"; This Is Sound Advice

Today on Twitter, country star and, more recently, target of media attention for her weight loss, LeAnn Rimes attempted to put to bed yet another rumor that’s been circulating about her: that she and husband Eddie Cibrian are trying to have a baby. In a brief exchange with fans, Rimes stated that she had “never tried to [get pregnant]” and implored the two to “please stop discussing my ovaries.” Which, you know, is pretty good advice all around. Can we agree to tone down the hysteria (in the truest sense of the word) surrounding what’s happening with other women’s wombs? More »

Childfree By Choice: How Young Is Too Young To Choose?

Childfree By Choice: How Young Is Too Young To Choose?

Every year, I visit Planned Parenthood for my annual exam. And every year, when faced with the cost of another year of birth control, I ask the doctor, instead: how much would be be to have a tubal ligation?

And every year, the OB/GYN tells me that it doesn’t matter, because she won’t do it for me. Because it is irreversible, and because I am too young to make that decision. More »