October 11, 2007

Consider "Child Free Living"

Consider "Child free Living."

This from two of the top infertilty doctors in Mombai, (formerly, Bombay) India.

Dr. Aniruddha Malpani, MD and Dr. Anjali Malpani, MD have an infertility clinic in India. They wrote a book titled How to Have a Baby: Overcoming Infertility.

How do you overcome infertility? According to the Malpanis:

Choosing not to have children at all is an option which you can select - to live childfree. Remember, childfree living is a choice you can make - choosing not to have children isn't the same as having childlessness thrust upon you.
This is a quote from chapter 31 of a their book, which can be read (free) in its entirety on the Malpani Infertility Clinic website.

Here’s what they have to say about how infertile couples can "adapt to the decision to live childfree":

Remember, there can be real advantages to life without children: more personal freedom, more time to spend on your own interests, and more emotional energy to invest in your emotional relationships. Start enjoying your time with your spouse more - remember the early heady days of your marriage before you were striving for a child? Try to recapture those magic moments again.
Kudos to these two compassionate people who dedicate their work to helping infertile couples but recognize that childfree living can be a viable and sustainable option for couples who are ready to get off the fertility treatment treadmill.

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Shannon said...

Choice. I am always glad to see people acknowledging that it is a choice NOT to have children. A good choice, no less. Instead of the masses who think that it is only because a person has no choice...

EDW said...

What a thoughtful, well-informed piece to include. Kudos to those doctors!

Michelle L. said...

It is especially good to hear opinions like those coming from a country that is much more traditional than our own, and reproduction, especially having a son, is much more valued than here. I think that not only is it good advice, it is very brave of those doctors to push against a norm that is much more culturally entrenched than it is here.