Life Without Baby

Filling the silence in the motherhood discussion

Wonderful Women Without Children April 30, 2012

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday for the first ever Life Without Baby Live broadcast. I had a great time sharing the interviews I did with Pamela, Kathleen, and Melissa. Thank you to those wonderful ladies for being so gracious with their time and honesty, and thank you to the new friends who joined us.

We ran a concurrent chat function so viewers were able to get in on the discussion and add their own stories and insights. Despite the fact that were scattered to several (if not all) corners of the world, it really felt as if we were a group of women who’d sat down together to chat about life – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

If you weren’t able to join us (and I know it was the middle of the night for some of you and the middle of a beautiful sunny Saturday for others) you can catch the action at this link.

You’ll see the recorded show just under the main screen. Click on that and away you go. The recording will be living there for a while so you can watch it at your leisure and as many times as you’d like.

This was a great experience from my end and I hope to be able to do more interviews and discussions in the future. I’d love to get your feedback on ways to improve so I can do it even better next time.

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2 Responses to “Wonderful Women Without Children”

  1. Elena Says:

    watching right now. Wow! Great! Amazing! It’s really really lovely to see you all live :-). Thanks!

  2. Maria Says:

    I watched the recording yesterday and could identify with all 3 women at different stages in my life. The second woman expressed a lot of my feelings when I was single and devoted to my career after law school. The third woman expressed my view on relationships when I was in my 20s and early 30s when I thought it more important to be with the right person than to have a baby — the desire for a baby didn’t come around until I did find that right person. The first person expressed all the feelings I went through when diagnosed with infertility and couldn’t have a baby. The one thing I noticed among the women is that there is a marked sadness in the affect of the women who tried to get pregnant and found out they couldn’t because of infertility versus the women who never had the opportunity to try at all. By doing the interview on video, you allow others to see the impact of the trauma on the woman who receives an infertility diagnosis and that it physically changes them. I know it changed my personality. Like Lisa, I feel the experience changed my sense of humor too. I used to have a very sharp wit — sometimes at the expense of someone else — I don’t make people laugh like that any more because my trauama has made me more aware that other people may be doing something for reasons I can’t possibly know. If you want ideas for topics in the future, I think it would be worthwhile to have guests talk about how movies and media treat infertility and pregnant women in general, and how that affects women who are not able to have children. For example, I was recently watching Sex in the City (the movie) and it infuriated me that they resolved Charlotte’s infertility problems in a 4 second scene when she declared she was pregnant and suggested her adoption must have helped her relax. I was going to talk about this on Whiny Wednesday but I can’t do it in 3 word sentences. Anyway, I really enojoyed the show. Thanks Lisa for your great work!


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