‘I was called selfish for not wanting children’
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What's it like to be child-free in your thirties?

Many women in their 30s and 40s will be faced with the same question at some point: "When are you going to have children?"

They also have to deal with the societal pressures of being child-free.

Ruth Betteridge, Emma Yates-Badley and Lizzie Lowrie are in their 30s and are all child-free for different reasons.

Ruth had a hysterectomy last year after being diagnosed with cervical cancer, Lizzie has had multiple miscarriages and Emma simply doesn’t want children.

The three women shared their stories with 5 live, and discussed what being child-free means to them.

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  • 25 Aug 2017
  • From the section England