What we're about
THIS IS A CLOSED GROUP - NONE OF THE INFORMATION YOU WRITE ON OUR PAGES IS EITHER SEARCHABLE BY GOOGLE OR VISIBLE TO NON-GROUP MEMBERS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT BEING CHILDLESS CAN BE TOUGH TO BE OPEN ABOUT AND WE RESPECT AND PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY AS MUCH AS WE CAN.
This Meetup Group is for US-based childless not by choice (CNBC) women. This can be for any reason or circumstance, and might include infertility, not meeting the right partner in time, your partner not wanting (more children), chronic illness, genetic issues, and so many other ways that we can end up not being mothers when that wasn't the plan! [you can read my article here on "50 Ways Not to Be A Mother" (http://gateway-women.com/50-ways-not-to-be-a-mother-with-apologies-to-paul-simon/) to show how many ways there are other than 'didn't want' or 'couldn't have']
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!
You might like to know that Gateway Women also runs weekend workshops in the US. These "Reignite Weekends" are transformational experiences to help you get your Plan B off the ground once you're ready to take that step. You can find out more about them here (http://www.gateway-women.com/calendar).
We have groups in many towns and cities across the US, but not all. If there isn't one near you and you'd like to start one, please let us know and we will help you get it going.
Gateway Women also hosts a private online community (http://www.gateway-women.com/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. That's where most of our international members are.
Gateway Women can be any age with the majority of us are from our late-30s to late-50s but we have younger and older members too. 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 "Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfiling Life Without Children" (http://www.gateway-women.com/book)