About This Show
Unclassified Woman is for women who don’t have, or don’t intend to have children, but do intend to create a meaningful life they love. Unclassified Woman gives voice to the 25% of Western women who aren’t easily heard over the mother-focussed mainstream media. Part myth busting, part inspirational story sharing, the podcast features women living meaningful lives, sharing their experiences and insights, while questioning the expectations of women everywhere.
I have a dream that one day, women who don’t have children – for whatever reason (and there are a gazillion reasons why that may be the case) – no longer endure the unfair judgments placed upon them. My hope for these women, of which I am one, is that their worth as women isn’t measured by their ability to birth children, but rather by their ability to birth their true desires and contribute their gifts to the world.
Most Recent Episode
45: Molar pregnancy with Michelle Marie McGrath
Welcome to a special episode! Today the tables are turned and I’m being interviewed by my close friend Mariana Rudan. I met Mariana when I first arrived in Sydney years ago and we worked together, and she’s been a close friend ever since. She’s a former journalist, presenter, newsreader, singer songwriter, travel lover, mother of two adorable children, and an amazing cook! She also speaks a few languages, so is a very talented lady. Sharing a little of my personal story seemed like a great way to mark the first year of the podcast and to celebrate International ChildFree Day, which is August 1. Ready? What you’ll hear in this episode: Michelle’s pregnancy a few years ago, about which she had always felt ambivalent and resistant to the assumption of 'having to have children'. At 10 weeks, she knew something was wrong. Diagnosis: “molar pregnancy”—abnormal cell growth in the uterus, when the embryo doesn’t develop, but the placenta keeps growing. How a molar pregnancy is linked to a pregnancy-related cancer. How the pregnancy was a catalyst for ending Michelle’s marriage. The reason for the title of the podcast When women don’t follow the “normal” script of life How judgment of women has played out in the media recently. The feedback Michelle has received from the show over the past year. “We all have a different story—and that’s OK.” The incorrect assumption that every woman feels the “clock ticking” when Michelle hears all the time from women, who never have that experience. The statistics: Almost 25% of women over 40 don’t have children, and the numbers are steadily increasing worldwide. Around a third of couples in