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Maybe Someday is a podcast about deciding whether to have a child in a culture that makes motherhood seem mandatory. Host Sarah Dobson speaks with guests about the personal and political dimensions of motherhood as she comes to terms with deciding not to have kids.

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Maybe Someday is a podcast about deciding whether to have a child in a culture that makes motherhood seem mandatory. Host Sarah Dobson speaks with guests about the personal and political dimensions of motherhood as she comes to terms with deciding not to have kids.

    Reflection: This is it

    Reflection: This is it

    A couple of months ago I went back and listened to the very first episode of this podcast. I wanted to remind myself of what it felt like to be at that starting point 18 months ago, realizing that I’ll never be somebody’s mother.
    Honestly, I was surprised at how emotional it all was. So today, join me for a final reflection that brings season 2 to a close. And if you’ve been a part of Maybe Someday’s story, thank you.
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    • 6 min
    Getting unstuck (with Bianetth Valdez)

    Getting unstuck (with Bianetth Valdez)

    Bianetth Valdez was born and raised in Texas, straddling two cultures. As a Latina, she grew up believing that being a mother was what was expected of her, and she didn’t give it a second thought. But when she turned 25 she started to encounter women who were living fulfilling lives without kids, and she started questioning what she wanted for herself.
    I loved hearing her unique perspective and think you will, too.
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    • 47 min
    Choosing the life you already have (with Kerry Graham)

    Choosing the life you already have (with Kerry Graham)

    Earlier this year Kerry Graham published an article on HuffPost called: No, I Don’t Want To Have Kids And I’m Tired Of Having To Explain Why Not.
    Kerry reached out to me not long after she published the article, because she had a lot more to say about deciding not to have kids. 
    We talked about how Kerry handled ambivalence about being childfree, and how she decided that she didn’t want to have kids. We also talked about her two big passions, teaching and writing, and how those passions led her to choose the life she already had. 
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    • 48 min
    Should a childfree life be everyone's goal? (with Rosie Tran)

    Should a childfree life be everyone's goal? (with Rosie Tran)

    If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that I’m a big believer in celebrating everyone’s choices, no matter what they are. As long as you’re comfortable with your decision, or comfortable living with the question for a while, I’ll cheer you on.
    So when Rosie Tran reached out to me to pitch a discussion about why being childfree should be everyone’s goal, I hesitated. My gut reaction was to be really skeptical and uncertain that this was the right kind of conversation for the show. But my curiosity won out, and we had a fascinating conversation.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Looking back on your choices (with Antonia Banewicz)

    Looking back on your choices (with Antonia Banewicz)

    When I talk to people who are grappling with the decision not to have a kid, one of the worries I hear most often is about whether they’ll regret the decision when they get older. Will they feel they missed out on something? Who’ll look after them? What will their legacy be?
    Because most of the conversations I have on this show are with people whose ‘fertility expiration date’ hasn’t yet passed, this isn’t a topic that we’ve covered in much depth. Except ,of course, as a hypothetical.
    So for today’s episode I’m introducing you to Antonia Banewicz. Antonia shares the story of her unconventional upbringing, trying to make it as an actor in New York, and the choices she made about having kids. Now that Antonia’s in her sixties, she shares what it’s like to look back on those choices.
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    • 45 min
    Surviving combat wounds and infertility (with Casey Jourdan)

    Surviving combat wounds and infertility (with Casey Jourdan)

    Truly, in my eyes, every single one of my guests is extraordinary. But I have to tell you that Casey Jourdan, my guest this week, is remarkable.
    At just 17 years old, she enlisted in the military. After graduating high school, she was deployed to Baghdad at the beginning of the Iraq war. Years later, she and her husband went through round after round of IVF.
    On this episode we discuss surviving combat wounds and infertility. Casey is truly a fighter. If you’re trying to conceive or if you’re childfree, but not by choice, then I can’t recommend this episode enough.
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    • 1 hr 1 min

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