ThinkstockHere are some reasons from real women about why they are childless by choice.
Sharon, a 30 year-old writer for an art auction house, left her ex-husband because he wanted kids and she didn't. She has no regrets.
She offers many of the usual reasons people give for not wanting children-career, finances, bad genes, crazy parenting they don't want to repeat and the overpopulated planet-but the simple truth is that it wasn't a priority. "And if you're not totally sold on it, it makes no sense," she says.
Now listen to Samantha, 26, a graduate student: "I just don't like children very much," she says. "The idea of having such a demand on my time, attention and resources is frankly horrifying to me."
Motherhood is becoming a choice. People used to think that once a young woman was married, she got pregnant. If not, "other people would assume you were self-centered, or say, 'I'm so sorry,''' says San Jose psychotherapist Margaret Cochran. Now clear-eyed young women likeRead More »from Why Women Choose Not to Have Kids