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The last great taboo: Why are we childless women treated like second-class citizens?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, November 15, 2008 | 0 comments

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Can childless women ever be accepted by societyFor a few minutes, the conversation flowed well.

But then one of the women asked me the killer question that I knew would instantly make me a total outsider to this group of mothers: 'And how old are your children?'

Six pairs of eyes swivelled to me as I muttered my immortal line: 'I don't have children. I can't have them.'

Six faces took on an uncomfortable expression.

A conversation stopper? Too right it is.

In my 14 years of trying unsuccessfully to become a mother, I have come to realise what not being a parent really means.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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