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Wednesday 28 July 2010

Today Woman's Hour is devoted to the women who don't want to be mothers. Jenni Murray will explore the reasons behind this rising trend and talk to childfree guests about the pressures they face, the rewards they enjoy and how they deal with the question of regret.


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  • Women Who Don't Want to be Mothers

    A special programme devoted to women who choose not to be mothers. Jenni explores the reasons behind this rising trend and talk to childfree guests about the pressures they face, and the the rewards.

  • Choosing to be Childfree

    The programme is devoted to women who are childfree by choice.

    To discuss the growing numbers choosing to do so, Jenni is joined by Dr Catherine Hakim, Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics.

    A number of women share their stories about being childfree in a child-centred society.

    Baby Coach Beth Follini and writer and commentator Cristina Odone discuss why so many women are so conflicted about motherhood nowadays and, what, if any, is the potential cost to society.

    And Woman's Hour hears from Melanie Notkin, the American creator of SavvyAuntie, a website for the cash and time rich Professional Aunt with no Kids


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