Naomi is 35 and newly married. She is constantly asked when she's having a baby. But does she even want one?
In this series she travels the country speaking to people about their experiences in having and not having children to help her decide whether To Baby or Not To Baby.
To Baby or Not To Baby has a baby!
After starting this podcast to decide whether she wanted to have children, Naomi gave birth to her daughter just a few weeks ago.
She (virtually) sat down with Camilla to tell the story of the dramatic birth of her daughter, a month before the due date.
Naomi ends season two the same way as she ended season one by talking to her husband Dan.
They discuss: how Naomi revealed she was pregnant, how he’s observed Naomi during her pregnancy, the resentment that can build from a pregnant person to their partner, how prepared he is for labour, their fears for when the baby is born, what kind of parents they think they’ll be.
The Travelling Mum
Naomi chats with Angharad, who is a mum of two (with one on the way), but that doesn’t stop their family from travelling the world.
They discuss: how travelling changes when you have a baby in tow, the ideal ages to take young children away, the places their children have already visited, her experiences of flying with young children, taking your child to a foreign hospital, tips for travelling with your family.
The Adoptive Solo Mum
Naomi speaks to Helen who is a solo mum to an adopted son.
They discuss: making the decision to adopt when single, going through IUI, the length of time the adoption process can take, how you get matched with a child, meeting her son for the first time, the first days and months as you get to know each other, how long it takes before you are legally a parent, contact with the biological parents, being honest with the child about where he comes from.
The Child-free Guru
Naomi speaks to Marcia, who chose never to have children.
They discuss: the book that changed her life, how her family reacted to her decision, launching the National Organization for Non-Parents, wavering on her decision to not have children, the things she’s been able to achieve without the responsibilities of being a parent, what she says to people who are on the fence about becoming a parent.
The Widowed Dad
Naomi meets Tim who is a father of one and is recently widowed.
They discuss: the difficult journey for Tim’s family as his wife’s cancer progressed, how he kept their daughter informed throughout, the first days following the bereavement, finding yourself as a solo dad to a daughter, finding the positives in a life despite what his family have gone through.
TRIGGER WARNING: this deals with issues of cancer and the loss of a spouse.