I have only discovered Gateway Women UK and World Childless Week today whilst breaking from Admin in Social Media.
This is something rarely spoken about, very much the stories which remain inside us. However, the amount of times women my age and younger are asked the question of children, well it is pretty much every conversation I have ever had with a stranger or new acquaintance since 2005 and it is a painful question.
So with a mighty trigger warning – I am sharing the work of the Gateway Women. With love to you all, those lucky enough and those who are not.
World Childless Week aims to raise awareness of the childless not by choice (cnbc) community. To help the cnbc find support groups that understand their grief and can help them move forwards to acceptance. It’s for anyone who is childless because they have never been pregnant (for any reason), not carried full term or have suffered the sadness of a baby born sleeping. All our Champions and founder Steph, represent our audience.
Each day of the week the site features events. Lots of people submitted their stories and today there are heart-achingly beautiful letters.
This link will land you on today’s events page, if you scroll down you can read the letters. Once you are on the first letter The Baby On The Back Seat By Kenny And Berenice Smith you can click through the other stories.
These tales are often too painful to tell, but for those who cannot write them – reading them can give some much needed healing.
A tiny part of mine seeped into my first pamphlet ‘Fragile Houses’.