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-by-circumstance women. Those circumstances might include infertility, not meeting the right partner in time (or yet), 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 currently we have the following regular monthly meetups. Please join us and suggest your local town/city if it's not listed yet!
AZ: Sedona, AZ: Tucson,
CA: Los Angeles (Hollywood), CA: San Diego, CA: Sacramento, CA: San Francisco (Mission), CA: San Francisco (Oakland)
CT: New Haven
MO: St Louis
NY: Brooklyn, NY: Lower East Side
TX: Austin, TX: Fort Worth,
UT: Salt Lake City
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
• becoming a voluntary single-mother isn't right for us
• 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
• adoption isn't right for us
• 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'
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 it because it's the ONLY place that you won't have to explain how complicated and loaded childlessness can be in our culture right now!
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. 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" (http://www.gateway-women.com/book)