36 episodes

Erik and Melissa are a 40-something, interracial, childfree couple living in Los Angeles, California. After many heart-wrenching years battling infertility, they made the decision to stop pursuing parenthood and instead, re-envision their future as a family of two. On this podcast, they openly talk about their life and share their experiences related to infertility, childfree living, marriage, travel, self-growth and a host of other topics.

Live Childfree with Erik and Melissa Live Childfree with Erik and Melissa

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Erik and Melissa are a 40-something, interracial, childfree couple living in Los Angeles, California. After many heart-wrenching years battling infertility, they made the decision to stop pursuing parenthood and instead, re-envision their future as a family of two. On this podcast, they openly talk about their life and share their experiences related to infertility, childfree living, marriage, travel, self-growth and a host of other topics.

    Pandemic Reflections: Do we want to go back to normal?

    Pandemic Reflections: Do we want to go back to normal?

    There’s a lot of talk in the media and social circles right now about going back to normal as the pandemic winds down. Melissa and Erik discuss their mixed emotions about that idea, particularly because there are some changes that they’d prefer to maintain.


    LINKS:

    LIVE CHILDFREE BLOG: https://livechildfree.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livechildfree/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/livechildfree

    Email: hello@livechildfree.com

    Mentioned in this episode:
    Chasing Creation https://www.chasingcreation.org/

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    • 36 min
    Our Story: How we came to be childfree

    Our Story: How we came to be childfree

    In this episode, Erik and Melissa reintroduce themselves and share their very personal and complicated story of how they became a childfree couple.


    LINKS:

    LIVE CHILDFREE BLOG: https://livechildfree.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livechildfree/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/livechildfree

    Email: hello@livechildfree.com

    Thanks for listening! Rate us on Apple Podcasts!

    • 53 min
    We're Excited to Announce...

    We're Excited to Announce...

    In this episode Erik and Melissa are excited to announce the launch of their new, reimagined website. Livechildfree.com is now a blog geared towards adults without children! New content is posted weekly.
    Before discussing the blog, they share information on an upcoming, free, online event that many of you will not want to miss. Registration is open now and the event starts March 18th! Listen in for more details.

    LINKS:

    FREE ticket to the March 2021 Childless Collective Summit: https://chasingcreation.org/ref/5/

    LIVE CHILDFREE BLOG: https://livechildfree.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livechildfree/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/livechildfree

    Email: hello@livechildfree.com

    Thanks for listening! Rate us on Apple Podcasts!

    • 18 min
    Weighing in on Lena Dunham's Harper's article...and the Backlash

    Weighing in on Lena Dunham's Harper's article...and the Backlash

    Read the Article Here:
    https://harpers.org/archive/2020/12/false-labor-lena-dunham-fertility/

    Erik and Melissa discuss a memoir piece recently written by Lena Dunham about her experience with infertility, which ultimately ended without a baby. They weigh in on the harsh criticism the article received, particularly from many in the infertility community.

    LIVE CHILDFREE blog: https://livechildfree.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livechildfree/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/livechildfree

    Email: hello@livechildfree.com

    If you appreciate this podcast, please rate us on Apple Podcasts!


    Quote Attribution:
    "She clearly is still grieving the loss of being a mother and she's kicking and screaming about it on a global stage." - Millie Brooks
    [@memyselfmillie]. (2020, November 18). Retrieved from Instagram.

    • 33 min
    All Zoomed Out in Quarantine

    All Zoomed Out in Quarantine

    Erik and Melissa are in day 30 of home quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss quarantine life as a childfree couple and the ways it differs from those quarantined with children. They also talk about what they've learned from this experience as well as their differing philosophies around Zoom etiquette. A debate ensues... Who do you side with?

    LIVE CHILDFREE BLOG: https://livechildfree.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livechildfree/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/livechildfree

    Email: hello@livechildfree.com

    Rate and Review us on Apple Podcasts!

    • 33 min
    How Did You Make Peace With Not Having Children? (...and Other Listener Questions)

    How Did You Make Peace With Not Having Children? (...and Other Listener Questions)

    In this episode, Erik and Melissa answer several questions submitted to them on Instagram @livechildfree. The questions were thought provoking and helped them reflect on the past three years since they stopped pursuing parenthood. 

    The list of questions include "What was the last straw re stopping trying to grow your family?" -- "What's your favorite thing to do together?" -- "How do I stop caring what other people think?" -- and more!

    Thank you for listening!

    LIVE CHILDFREE BLOG: https://livechildfree.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livechildfree/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/livechildfree

    Email: hello@livechildfree.com

    Give us a 5-star rating on Apple Podcast!

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Twh47 ,

Loving your podcast

I’ve only just found your podcast and I’m catching up on episodes. It has been so great to find such an open and honest podcast about such a difficult topic. Talking about the fear that comes from being childfree and the what now? Thank you so much!

Breezy Southwind ,

Intimate and thoughtful

Hey you two, listening from the West coast of Australia and just want to let you know I’ve really enjoyed how personal and honest you’ve both been about your experiences in coming to terms with being child free. I’ve been looking for a podcast just like this to help me understand my own feelings and process. Ps You both have verrry soothing voices ;)

Katvwil ,

Woohoo, I'm not alone!!

Only four eps in (Ep 3 pretty graphic but kudos to you guys for being so open) and I'm already feeling more at piece with my hubby's and my own decisions. Listening to a journey that's so similar to our own makes the world a little less lonely, and makes me feel a lot more ok about the future! Thanks E&M!!

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