We are a distinctive resource of news, commentary and connections for the growing community of women without children. We live in a Mom-centered environment, but we are not Moms, by choice or by chance.
We know that one of every six American women is childfree or childless, and nations around the world report comparably historic numbers, yet many of us feel isolated, accommodated, or overlooked.
The NotMom was launched in 2012 to spotlight the unique perspectives, legacies and dimensions of a woman’s life without motherhood through our blog, events and social networks. The NotMom is American in focus, but global in scope.
We embrace women who never wanted children, those who once hoped for them, and those who have never given birth but may care for stepchildren or young relatives. We are on different paths, on the same road.
We present the welcoming space that listens, understands, encourages and invites you to share your stories or lurk in the margins gaining insights from someone else. Whatever you need.
With respect to individual preferences, The NotMom generally uses childfree to describe women who choose a life without children and childless in reference to those who do not. In references to any and every woman without children, we may add a hyphen: child-free.
Because language matters, we remind you that some of our best friends are Moms. “Mean girl” terms to describe them, or women living a different NotMom experience than yours, is unacceptable.
Because individuality matters, we do our best to remain apolitical. That said, we represent women who have had abortions, women seeking voluntary sterilization and others impacted by governmental policies. Where policy meets feminine health and wellbeing, we will use our voice accordingly.
We welcome your comments, guest posts and suggestions. We can’t wait to meet you, online and off!
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Visit 2020census.gov to learn how to complete the 9-question survey by phone, mail or online. Responses by these methods
or with in-person census-takers must be received by October 31.
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