This Gateway Women Meetup Group is a US-based social group for women who are permanently involuntarily childless (childless not by choice) whether that be due to infertility or circumstance. Childless stepmothers welcome.
If you are still actively trying to have a biological or adoptive family or identify as 'childfree' there will be other meetup groups that will meet your needs for connection better.
If you are childless due to life circumstances or social infertility (not having a partner) and are ready to let go of your motherhood hope and embrace your childless identity, you are welcome.
This Meetup group is part of GATEWAY WOMEN, the global friendship and support network for involuntarily childless women created by British psychotherapist and author, Jody Day. We also have a thriving private online community and many other resources for you. Please explore our website at www.gateway-women.com (http://www.gateway-women.com/)
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 trickier on some days!
We have more than 100 Gateway Women (GW) Meetups across the world in the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel, with more starting all the time. To see a list of our currently active ones go to the Gateway Women website and click 'Meetups' at http://www.gateway-women.com/meetup If your town/city isn't on the list, join us and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you to get a GW Meetup started in your area.
Gateway Women also hosts a private online community (http://www.gateway-women.com/community) on MightyNetworks which we'd really encourage you to join. Often members get to know each other there and then progress to meeting each other face-to-face via this Meetup group. It is a new requirement that ALL of our GW Meetup Hosts now need to belong to our private 'GW Meetup Hosts' subgroup on that platform and we can arrange that membership for you. Email us at email@example.com for more details.
Gateway Women welcomes childless women of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexualities and relationship status. We're a diverse group but we all share the feeling of 'not fitting in' to a motherhood-crazy culture that doesn't seem to have a place for us.