On Moving to the Next Stage

On Moving to the Next Stage

The latest contributor to our Tapestry of Voices is Lisa Manterfield, a Southern California-based writer. After making the decision to live child-free, she founded the online community, Life Without Baby, for women who do not have children, whether by chance, choice or circumstance.  Her piece, below, first ran last month in the Los Angeles Times. I was five years into trying to conceive when I received the diagnosis that stopped my quest: premature ovarian failure. The only option for pregnancy would be donor eggs, and that was beyond our financial means and our…

When It’s Not The Ending They Expected

When It’s Not The Ending They Expected

Friday 2/5 – Unexpected Ending Drama “How’s the baby….?” The question hung in the air Friday afternoon. My stomach clenched. “There was no baby…” I said quietly. “No baby?? That can’t be…the response, it was so good. I didn’t see you again…” Tears burned in my eyes. I shook my head hard. I forced myself to be matter of fact.  “No baby,” I told the acupuncturist — whom I’d last seen more than six years ago. He and my able team at the Stanford Medical Center had once helped me…