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This Gateway Women Meetup Group is a mostly UK/Ireland-based social group for women who are childless-by-circumstance - with those circumstances including infertility, not meeting the right partner in time, your partner not wanting (more children) and so many other ways that we can end up not being mothers when that wasn't the plan!

One of the things about not having children when most of your peers do can be that your social circle dwindles or dries up completely. This can leave you feeling very left out of 'normal' life - which in turn can make dealing with the unexpected situation you find yourself in even tricker on some days!

Here at Gateway Women our motto is:

We may not be mothers but we're here, we care, we count and we ROCK!!

If you're 'childfree' (ie: childless-by-choice) you're welcome to join us, but you'll find that most of us are childless-by-circumstance which means that we wanted to have children (or are still hoping to one day) but:

  • we didn't (or haven't yet) met the right partner
  • we've got infertility issues
  • we've come to the end of fertility treatments
  • we can't face being voluntary single-mothers
  • we've got partners who don't want children (or more children)
  • we've got genetic or medical conditions that mean we've chosen not to have children
  • we're ineligible as adoptive parents
  • we don't want to adopt
  • etc, etc.

There are so many reasons why a woman doesn't have children, and this is one group where no-one will mouth well-meaning platitudes at you! Or even talk about because it's the ONLY place that won't have to explain how complicated it is!!

Gateway Women also hosts a private online community over on G+ which you're very welcome to join also. Often members get to know each other there and then progress to meeting each other face-to-face via this Meetup group.

We're of all ages, but the majority of us are from our mid-30s to mid-50s. Some of us have partners, some of us are single, some of us are divorced, some of us don't fit any of those categories and that's fine too. Heterosexual, bi and gay members welcome.

Gateway Women are a band of very diverse women, but we all share the feeling of 'not fitting in' to a culture that doesn't seem to have a place for us.

You're not weird. You're not alone. You're a Gateway Woman.

And this is your Tribe. Welcome!

Jody x

Founder of Gateway Women & Author of "Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfiling Life Without Children"
www.gateway-women.com

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    EXETER: 1st Saturday of each month: Morning Coffee, & Cake at Patisserie Valerie

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    YORK: 1st Saturday of each month- Coffee, Cake & Chat Morning

    4 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    READING: Every 1st Saturday of month: morning coffee/cakes @ Patisserie Valerie

    3 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    MANCHESTER: Every 1st Saturday Coffee & Cake Morning in the Northern Quarter

    3 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    BRISTOL: 1st Saturday of Every Month - Morning Coffee or Brunch on the Harbour

    11 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 3:00 PM

    DORSET: LYNDHURST Afternoon Tea / Coffee + Cake

    3 Gateway Women attending
  • Sunday, January 4, 2015 2:00 PM

    DUBLIN: First Sunday of Each Month - Lunch @Cafe En Seine

    5 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    KINGSTON: Every 2nd Saturday of the month - morning coffee - or brunch!

    5 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    GLASGOW: Every 2nd Saturday - Coffee/Brunch Meetup @ Patisserie Valerie

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    DORSET: SHERBORNE: 2nd Saturday of each month coffee, cake and chat

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    SHERBORNE/YEOVIL area

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    LEICESTER: Every 2nd Saturday of Month - Coffee/Cake/Brunch Meetup

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    PETERSFIELD: 2nd Saturday of each month: Morning Coffee

    4 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:00 AM

    GLASGOW: Every 2nd Saturday - Coffee/Brunch Meetup @ Patisserie Valerie

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:00 AM

    LONDON: HOLLAND PARK, W11 - Every 2nd Sunday of each Month: Coffee/Cake Meetup

    3 Gateway Women attending
  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 11:30 AM

    CHELMSFORD Meet for lunch and a stroll

    4 Gateway Women attending
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 6:30 PM

    SOUTH WALES: CARDIFF - Every 2nd Wednesday of each month - Evening Meetup

    7 Gateway Women attending
  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 5:30 PM

    OXFORD: Every 3rd Thursday of the month - Regular Monthly Evening Meetup

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Friday, January 16, 2015 7:15 PM

    Dublin - Wuthering Heights at the Gate

    6 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 11:00 AM

    LIVERPOOL: Every 3rd Saturday of the month - Coffee/Brunch Meetup

    0 Gateway Women attending
 
Founded May 25, 2012

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Jody Day, Helen Burke
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