U.S. News

02.20.13

Share Your Story: Why I Choose To Be Childless

A growing number of American women are deciding to skip having kids. We have our own theories about what’s behind the shift, but now we want to hear your stories. Tell us here.

Since the 2008 economic crisis, the birth rate in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest level since reliable numbers were first kept in 1920. For many individual women considering their own lives and careers, children have become a choice, rather than an inevitable milestone—and one that comes with more costs than benefits. But those individual decisions could collectively result in a rapidly aging population here, Joel Kotkin and Harry Siegel write in Newsweek.

If you’re determined not to reproduce, tell us your story—why you made the decision, how it has it’s impacted your relationships with significant others and with family, what steps you’ve taken to make sure you don’t have children, or whatever else you’d like to share. Just email dailybeastsubmit@gmail.com or use the form below. We’ll read all the contributions and post many of them in the coming days. Please include your name, age, and location, unless you’d like to remain anonymous.

We look forward to reading your submissions.