There are a couple of “infertility” awareness weeks around the world each year: however, their main focus is on how to improve fertility rather than dealing with the long-term effects of infertility and other causes of being childless-not-by-choice. The aim of World Childless Week is to help support the 1 in 5 people around the world who are childless-not-by-choice (cnbc). Being cnbc can lead to isolation, mental health issues, shame, guilt and can wreak havoc in almost every aspect of a person’s life. It steals identities, destroys self-confidence and dims the light that makes us all unique. In addition, it makes us feel that the rest of the world (ie the fertile world) is a hostile place where people don’t understand or value us. The focus of the week is on childless-not-by-choice because choosing to remain childfree is something totally different.
World Childless Week aims to help people who are struggling to come to terms with their childless status realise that they are not alone and that there is support out there to help. It also aims to raise awareness in the wider community about what it is really like to long for a child and yet be denied that blessing for one reason or another.
However, I don’t want World Childless Week to only be about one week a year: we need support throughout the year especially at trigger times such as Christmas and the various Mother’s/Father’s Day around that happen around the world. To help continue the support through the rest of the year there is going to be a monthly World Childless Week Newsletter. To sign up please use the form below. I hope that the first newsletter will arrive in your “inbox” during October 2017.
To take part in World Childless Week, to join in the discussions and get the links to all the articles please visit the
World Childless Week Facebook Page. Remember to “like” and “follow” the page to get notifications.