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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:
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!
Founder of Gateway Women & Author of "Rocking the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfiling Life Without Children"