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Ladies be like “Sperm!!”
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Ladies be like “Sperm!!”

For every gay couple that deeply want their own family, there is another couple – like Kenny and Rob – who are happy not to have kids.  Sexuality has nothing to do with maternal/paternal instinct… IT’S NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR SEXUALITY We’re a gay couple who’ve been together for over 10 years, and having kids just isn’t a desirable lifestyle for us. If my...

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Angela Wallace

15 Jun 2016
I am changed
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I am changed

Phil and Toni have been trying for a baby, including through IVF, for years. And while the dream of having a child is still large in their hearts, they now know that if life has other plans for them, they’ll be OK…   WE WERE SO HAPPY, WE DIDN’T THINK TO WORRY When my husband Phil and I met it was a magical whirlwind, and...

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Angela Wallace

01 Jun 2016
I’m off to Tibetan Monks
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I’m off to Tibetan Monks

As this story is published, Amy is on a plane to India; she has left behind everything she knows – including a long-term relationship and a thriving corporate career. But she’s the most content she’s ever been. Sometimes, we have to ‘lose ourselves’ to find ourselves…   There are lots of reasons why I don’t have kids.  In some ways, perhaps I’ve chosen this, but in...

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Angela Wallace

14 May 2016
All our friends broke up
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All our friends broke up

Like so many of us, Rachelle was raised with an ingrained expectation that she’d get married and have babies. But when her husband made a firm decision he didn’t want kids, she discovered we can grow joyfully beyond what we’re ‘supposed’ to do…   My husband Greg ultimately made the decision that he didn’t want to share his life with anyone else but me.  I...

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Angela Wallace

12 May 2016
I don’t like cats?
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I don’t like cats?

In his 40’s, Dean tells us he doesn’t have kids yet because he’s “missing a pretty important ingredient – a woman!” I keep hearing there’s a man-drought and that being a single guy means it’s Christmas every day when it comes to women, but when I walk into bars I’m not swarmed by hundreds of desperate women. I tend to see groups of confident women...

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Angela Wallace

12 May 2016
I had a hysterectomy
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I had a hysterectomy

Now in her 70’s, Frances has lived (and continues to live) a full and fascinating life. In fact, her journey has been so remarkable that not having kids is really just a minor part of her story…   OVER 30 WOMEN DIED I had Carcinoma In Situ and was caught up in the New Zealand National Women’s experiment and had eleven operations. There is a...

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Angela Wallace

12 May 2016
Kids don’t sound exciting
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Kids don’t sound exciting

What does excite them is the opportunity to do something new and bold in business…   MY DECISION HAS ALWAYS BEEN CAREER DRIVEN My husband and I have chosen not to have kids, and I feel lucky that we share similar views on kids. For me, the decision has always been career driven. While I see other people having a successful career and having kids,...

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Angela Wallace

10 May 2016
Mums can fill their boots!
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Mums can fill their boots!

It’s our right as women to make our own choices. It’s our right to be whoever we want to be. Vanessa chooses to be refreshingly, unashamedly herself…   Quite recently I was out running and I couldn’t work out what was touching my thighs, so I stopped, and then it hit me – it was my bum, it has dropped! So I have to admit...

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Angela Wallace

26 Apr 2016
I would feel trapped
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I would feel trapped

Susan has never once regretted her early decision not to have kids. Now in her 60’s, she looks back at (and forward to!) a very full and fulfilled life…   I NEVER HAD KIDS AND I HAVE NO REGRETS My story is boring – I never wanted kids, I never had them, and I’ve never questioned it, because it was the right decision. From a...

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Angela Wallace

26 Apr 2016
The grass ‘looks’ greener
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The grass ‘looks’ greener

Angela and her husband spent years struggling to conceive, then still more trying to adopt. With a family of five now, she reflects on her journey – finally understanding that the grass isn’t greener on the other side… it’s just greener where you water it.    As I’ve gotten older, I understand the saying ‘the grass is greener’ a lot more. My husband and I...

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Angela Wallace

18 Apr 2016
I won’t leave my genetics
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I won’t leave my genetics

What happens when your Happily Ever After gets taken away from you? As Amy is discovering, it’s not the end of your story – it’s just the next chapter, with a chance to write a fresh page…   Recently I started penning a book called ‘The Year of Why Not’, because – due to some pretty trying events – I have moved to the other...

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Angela Wallace

18 Apr 2016
Our infertility journey
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Our infertility journey

In Meegan’s wardrobe is a box filled with baby clothes and nursery decorations. That little box represents over 10 years’ of Meegan’s life spent trying to get pregnant; heart, body and spirit poured into her dream. As Megan and her husband Ken entered yet another round of IVF, we spoke to her about coping with resentment and jealousy, dealing with hurtful, flippant comments, and –...

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Angela Wallace

18 Apr 2016
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