Noreen Sumpter is a personal life coach who lives in Brooklyn. She and I have been close friends for nearly 20 years. She talks about how, since the age of 13, she knew she did not want to have children. I wanted to open up this conversation because it's just not something people often talk about. Maybe because it's not a very comfortable subject. Maybe because people just don't know what to say. It's not like you can just ask a woman (who isn't a mother), "So why don't you have any children?"
The Economist recently had an article on this very subject. Childless women are more common, significantly more than from the 1940s. The reasons range from choosing not to have children (desire not to), to medical reasons, and every possible scenario in between.
My guest today, Noreen Sumpter, shares her story and gives us her perspective of what motherhood is to her.