10 episodes

To provide a cohesive voice to the childless-not-by-choice community, covering all of the topics that affect us in an inspiring and supportive way.

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    • Mental Health

To provide a cohesive voice to the childless-not-by-choice community, covering all of the topics that affect us in an inspiring and supportive way.

    Kicking Off 2020 with Bibi Lynch

    Kicking Off 2020 with Bibi Lynch

    We hope this wonderful episode with Bibi Lynch, broadcaster and journalist, will inspire you. As many of you will know, Bibi has written and spoken openly in the media about her childless life and received support from many, and attracted critics too. She has lots of wisdom to share and we all came away feeling charged up to tackle life. We hope you feel the same.We also bring you community news from The Empty Cradle in Australia, a new guide from The Fertility Network UK, details of Words That Heart and a new choir from Helen Louise-Jones. 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Alternative Kings and Queens Speech (you're not alone at Christmas)

    The Alternative Kings and Queens Speech (you're not alone at Christmas)

    Christmas is hard work at the best of times, but being part of this community only makes it harder. Yes, we get it and that’s why we’ve done something different with episode 8 – The Alternative Kings and Queens speech.Because as Michael’s mantra says ‘you’re not alone’, and we’ve channelled that into this episode with voices speaking from our community, big and not so big, to support you all. As you’ll hear, the messages are filled with love, support, guidance and most of all, understanding.Yes, Christmas will never be straightforward for us, because it’s difficult to be on the outside looking in, but we hope this episode will help you realise you’re part of a community full of friends, love and shared emotions. And believe us, there was plenty of that as we made this episode for you.We hope you find it supportive and that Christmas is a time of peace and reflection for you.Our thanks to: Jody Day, Lesley Pyne, Andy Harrod, Civilla Morgan, Rosalind Bubb, Anna Barratt, Stephanie Phillips, Brandi Higgins Lytle, Helen Segal, Kate Kauffman, Tanya Trusler, Tessa Broad, Yvonne John, Sophia Andeh and Jennifer Parrish. We also welcomed submissions from those who did not want to share their name at this time, thank you for taking part. Helpline detailsYou can find lots of resources in our Toolkit here.UK: Contact the Samaritans on freephone 116 123, they're open 24 hours and are there to listen and Mind.USA: Suicide Prevention Canada: Canada CrisisAustralia: Beyond Blue

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 7: F**k Festivities, coping during the holiday season

    Episode 7: F**k Festivities, coping during the holiday season

    In this episode Michael, Sarah and Berenice were joined by Emily Scott from IVF Fairness to talk about coping during the holidays. We shared our own experiences of how we manage at times of celebration. Emily chatted to us about good mental health as part of the team at Mind.

    • 52 min
    The Full Stop podcast on Mental Health with Meriel Whale

    The Full Stop podcast on Mental Health with Meriel Whale

    In this episode Michael, Sarah and Berenice were joined by Meriel Whale to talk about Mental Health as the world pauses to acknowledge World Mental Health Day. We would like to make you aware that this episode does contain mention of suicide and therefore may not be suitable for everyone to listen to.Meriel is a counsellor who lives and runs her practice in East Sussex in the UK. She’s a member of Gateway Women and she’s a World Childless Week champion, contributing to diversity and LGBT in our community. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Brighton (2010) and you can find out more about her counselling on her website here.Episode timingsFrom the start Michael, Sarah and Berenice share personal stories.At 0.58 you can listen to community newsAt 1.12 Meriel Whale joins Michael and Sarah in conversation.This episode is 1.35 minutes long.Helpline detailsUK: Contact the Samaritans on freephone 116 123, they're open 24 hours and are there to listen and Mind.USA: Suicide Prevention Canada: Canada CrisisAustralia: Beyond Blue

    • 1 hr 36 min
    World Childless Week

    World Childless Week

    This Full Stop podcast episode was almost called ‘how many Champions can you fit in a podcast’! We think we’ve done a cracking job of getting the words of World Childless Week founder Stephanie Phillips and her Champions including our own Michael and Berenice, into this hour-long episode. There’s so much to talk about when it comes to World Childless Week.For those who don’t know, Stephanie Phillips founded World Childless Week in 2017. It’s an online event to raise awareness and support the childless not by choice community. In its initial week in September 2017 #worldchildlessweek was tweeted 1.2 million times (source: Twitter analytics). In 2018 World Childless Week reached 85 countries. Wow! This year World Childless Week will take place from 16-22nd September 2019. Each day explores a different element of being childless: our stories, letters about forgiveness, using art to release emotions, men matter too, how we have empathy, finding our worth in society and how to move forward.Stephanie is supported by the World Childless Week Champions who are all childless not by choice and share the same determination to grow the awareness week. The Champions are based from across the world and represent diverse ethnicities, disabilities, genders and sexual orientation.Sarah Lawrence hosted this episode and asked some amazing questions which inspired Steph, and Champions Jody Day, Robin Hadley, Rod Silvers, Vicky Page, Anne Barratt, Karin Enfield De Vries, Yvonne Maier, Bibi Lynch and Yvonne John to talk about what World Childless Week means to them and the community. We also lingered on the big issues that challenge us and themes to tackle for the future.We all came away from this interview feeling incredibly empowered. It was through community initiatives like World Childless Week and Fertility Fest that we three presenters met. Without these events, voices go unheard. We hope you’ll be as moved by the words of the Champions and Steph as we were.

    • 57 min
    Men and Childlessness: The Full Stop podcast Episode 4

    Men and Childlessness: The Full Stop podcast Episode 4

    In this episode Michael, Sarah and Berenice were joined by Dr. Robin Hadley, actor and writer Rod Silvers and PhD researcher Andy Harrod. 

    • 1 hr 27 min

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