17 episodes

Welcome to the brand new 1in5 Podcast, a space to explore all sides of leading a life without children, whether it’s by choice or by circumstance.

The show is hosted by journalist and presenter Geeta Pendse, who found the stories of childfree women are often invisible or side-lined. Geeta chats to guests from all backgrounds exploring topics such as social expectations, the biological clock, infertility, ambivalence around parenthood and embracing life, in whatever shape that comes.

1 in 5 - Leading a life without children Geeta Pendse

    • Society & Culture

Welcome to the brand new 1in5 Podcast, a space to explore all sides of leading a life without children, whether it’s by choice or by circumstance.

The show is hosted by journalist and presenter Geeta Pendse, who found the stories of childfree women are often invisible or side-lined. Geeta chats to guests from all backgrounds exploring topics such as social expectations, the biological clock, infertility, ambivalence around parenthood and embracing life, in whatever shape that comes.

    Single & childfree with 'Spinsterhood reimagined' podcast host Lucy Meggeson

    Single & childfree with 'Spinsterhood reimagined' podcast host Lucy Meggeson

    Lucy Meggeson is a podcast producer and host, who previously worked as a programme-maker at BBC Radio 2. At the start of 2022, she launched the 'Spinsterhood Reimagined' podcast, which explores and celebrates single life, whilst challenging the stigma that can be attached to being single and without kids.

    Lucy is happily childfree, but in this chat, she shares an unexpected broodiness that happened in her early 40s, and how she navigated temporary feelings of grief and sadness.
    From smashing the negative stereotypes linked to spinsterhood and showing that being single isn’t plan B to embracing your life right now, there is so much that will resonate regardless of whether you are in a relationship or not.

    If you’d like to learn more about Lucy, do check out her website lucymeggeson.com

    Also we'd highly recommend her brilliant podcast Spinsterhood Reimagined https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/spinsterhood-reimagined/id1606620264

    If you enjoyed this chat, please do subscribe and share it far and wide. We'd would love to hear what you think, so if you can post a review or contact us via Instagram @geetapendse or email me the1in5podcast@gmail.com Thank you for listening.

    • 52 min
    Creating a collective voice for change with the New Legacy Institute Founder, Christine Erickson

    Creating a collective voice for change with the New Legacy Institute Founder, Christine Erickson

    Christine Erikson is an international executive and entrepreneur. She recently founded the New Legacy Institute, which aims to campaign for change around the social and policy inequalities faced by the collective community of those who do not have children. From workplaces to the education system, the New Legacy Insitute is challenging the often ingrained views of pro-natalism, where having kids is put on a pedestal.

    Christine describes herself as childless by circumstance, and in this chat, she shares how an abusive marriage influenced her own views around having kids. We also speak about the stigma those leading a life without kids can face, and why creating a collective voice for change is important.

    You can find out more about the New Legacy Institute and Christine’s work here https://newlegacyinstitute.com/ or on Instagram @newlegacyinstitute

    If you enjoyed this chat, please do subscribe and share it far and wide. We'd would love to hear what you think, so if you can post a review or contact us via Instagram @geetapendse or email me the1in5podcast@gmail.com Thank you for listening.

    • 51 min
    Dating when you’re open to kids & celebrating life with celebrant Mel Brown

    Dating when you’re open to kids & celebrating life with celebrant Mel Brown

    Mel Brown is a talent success manager, a trained celebrant and host of her own podcast, Mel’s Monday Musing. She describes herself as childfree by choice but can see children in her future. As a woman in her mid-thirties who is open to parenthood, in our chat Mel shares the pressures that come with dating when it feels like the biological clock is ticking.

    We dive into dating, exploring options such as egg-freezing and why Mel is asking herself if it is selfish to have children in a world of environmental uncertainty. As Mel is very much open to having kids, we do explore topics such as fertility and parenthood, which may not resonate with everyone. But as always my aim with this show is to explore all sides of life without kids in the present, even if that might change in the future.

    If you’d like to learn more about Mel’s work as a celebrant you can go to https://www.melbcelebrant.co.uk/ or listen to her podcast Mel’s Monday Musings on your podcast app. And you can find Mel on Instagram @melbrown0110.

    If you enjoyed this chat, please do subscribe and share it far and wide. We'd would love to hear what you think, so if you can post a review or contact us via Instagram @geetapendse or email me the1in5podcast@gmail.com

    • 47 min
    Cultural expectations, legacy and choosing your life with entrepreneur & author Vikas Shah MBE

    Cultural expectations, legacy and choosing your life with entrepreneur & author Vikas Shah MBE

    Vikas Shah is a hugely successful entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. His book and blog, ‘Thought Economics’, has seen him interview some of the world’s leading thinkers. As someone who is childfree, Vikas has thought long and hard about legacy and purpose. In this chat, we explore the social expectations on men, dating when choosing to be childfree, creating a living legacy and the added layer of pressure that can come from growing up in a South Asian family.

    You can find out more about ‘Thought Economics’ here https://thoughteconomics.com/ or follow Vikas on Twitter @MrVikas to get all the latest on his work.

    If you enjoyed this chat, please do subscribe and share it far and wide. We'd would love to hear what you think, so if you can post a review or contact us via Instagram @geetapendse or email the1in5podcast@gmail.com Thank you for listening.

    • 52 min
    Moving from ambivalence to an active choice with journalist Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Moving from ambivalence to an active choice with journalist Kathryn Stanczyszyn

    Kathryn Stanczyszyn is a British journalist and radio presenter who has felt ambivalent and confused about parenthood for decades. Always hoping that one day she would wake up and feel differently, during the pandemic Kathryn decided to embark on an active process to choose whether to have kids or not. In this chat, she shares how it’s not always black and white, and why the process can be a painful one. From navigating ambivalence on your own and in a couple, challenging our conditioning around where we find purpose and looking to the future as a childfree woman, Kathryn is refreshingly open and honest about her own journey.

    If you’d like to learn more about Kathryn and her work do check her out on Twitter @stanchers.

    If you enjoyed this chat, please do subscribe and share it far and wide. We'd would love to hear what you think, so if you can post a review or contact us via Instagram @geetapendse or send us an email to the1in5podcast@gmail.com Thank you for listening.

    • 43 min
    Making history & positive role models with Emma Duval

    Making history & positive role models with Emma Duval

    Emma Duval is on a personal mission to reveal and document the lives of childfree and childless women in history. Raised in France and now living in the US, Emma felt a lack of positive role models growing up. From a Gallo-Roman physician and a Buddhist nun to Hollywood icon Greta Garbo, Emma is using social media and her research skill to amplify the lives of hundreds of women. Emma is currently writing a book about single women in history.

    Whilst none of us are defined by our status with or without kids, in a world where leading a life without children can be painted as negative Emma’s approach is refreshing.

    If you’d like to find out more about Emma’s work do check out her Instagram account: @millenialemma or you can go to her website millenialemma.com

    If you enjoyed this chat, please do subscribe and share it far and wide. I’d love to hear what you think too, so please do post a review or contact Geeta via Instagram or twitter @geetapendse

    • 37 min

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