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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!

We have new meetups starting all the time, but as of 2nd January 2015 we have regular monthly meetups in the following places - if your town/city isn't on the list, join us and suggest it!

Aberdeen, Barnstaple,Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Bromley, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Chester,Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guildford, High Wycombe, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London: Brixton, London: Dalston, London: Holland Park, London: Kingston, London: Primrose Hill, London: West End, London: Wimbledon, Maidstone, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Petersfield, Preston, Reading, Rugby, Salisbury, Sheffield, Sherborne, Southampton, Totnes, York...

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

  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 11:00 AM

    DEVON: BARNSTAPLE: 3rd Sunday of each month - Coffee/Brunch & Chat Morning

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 11:30 AM

    LONDON - Regular Brunch at St Pancras. 3rd Sunday each month

    8 Gateway Women attending
  • Sunday, April 19, 2015 2:00 PM

    BURTON-UPON-TRENT (STAFFS): 3rd Sunday of each month - Afternoon Tea

    2 Gateway Women attending
  • Monday, April 20, 2015 1:00 PM

    LONDON: WEST END, W1 - Every Monday Lunchtime Sanity Check & Lunch!

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    LONDON: WIMBLEDON: 4th Saturday of each month - Coffee/Brunch & Chat

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    LEICS: RUGBY - 4th Saturday of each month - Coffee/Brunch & Chat

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    GUILDFORD: 4th Saturday of each month- Coffee, Cake & Chat Morning

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    NEWCASTLE: Last Saturday of each month: Coffee/Cakes/Brunch & Chat

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    BISHOPS STORTFORD (HERTS): 4th Saturday of each month - Coffee/Brunch & Chat

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    BIRMINGHAM: Every 4th Saturday of the Month: Coffee/Brunch Meetup

    2 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    BELFAST: Every 4th Saturday of the Month - Coffee/Brunch Meetup

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    SOUTH LONDON: BRIXTON, SW2: Coffee, Cake, Brunch & Chat

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    CHESTER: 4th Saturday of every month: Coffee/Cake/Brunch meetup

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    SALISBURY: 4th Saturday of each month - Coffee/Brunch & Chat

    0 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:00 PM

    HIGH WYCOMBE: Last Saturday of Each Month: Lunch/Brunch/Cakes & Chat

    3 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 1:00 PM

    SOUTH LONDON - regular Clapham Meet Up

    5 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:00 PM

    KENT: MAIDSTONE: Last Saturday of Each Month: Coffee/Snack & Chat

    3 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 2:30 PM

    BRIGHTON: Every 4th Saturday of the Month: Sussex coffee and cake meet up.

    1 Gateway Women attending
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 4:00 PM

    EAST LONDON - Shoreditch: Every 4th Saturday of Each Month - Coffee and Cake

    3 Gateway Women attending
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 12:00 PM

    CHELMSFORD Let's meet up for a chat, lunch and maybe a stroll

    3 Gateway Women attending
 
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Jody Day, Helen Burke
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