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What does life look like when family is created by choice rather than blood? Kate Kaufmann notes the question of having kids is more nuanced and complex than ever, as women explore options that were previously un-contemplated, or accepted. How may a woman's life resonate when it's not including motherhood? What are the personal and professional implications of choosing not to have children? Our culture remains geared toward kids. Yet many factors weigh into the decision to not have kids: economics; infertility issues, impact on population and the possibility that future generations face intractable issues related to climate change and resource depletion; quality of life questions; professional advancement if you are a woman and would be the main caregiver as mother; freedom of time; focus on interests; fear of passing on genetic disease and more intangible fears such as being a good parent or transmitting family trauma. How can we find comfort in our own skin with these decisions?

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