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Decided: Child-Free By Choice

An illustration of the back of a blue sedan showing several bumper stickers. One is the logo for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, another reads "0.0 I don't run" and a third is a diamond-shaped yellow sign that reads "No baby on board!" in all caps. The word "Decided" is on a yellow road sign in the upper righthand corner of the illustration.
Charnel Hunter

Anita has interrogated so many aspects of parenthood. But how about the decision to become a parent at all? She talks with three women about making their child-free decisions and meets a psychotherapist who's devoted her career to helping people find clarity in that choice.

Meet the guests:

  • Sarah Deavitt, certified holistic nutritionist, talks about her decision to live a child-free life and how taking over care for her grandfather with Alzheimer's solidified that decision
  • Samhita Mukhopadhyay, writer and former executive editor of Teen Vogue, shares how watching her friends with kids struggle during the pandemic reinforced her decision to be child-free
  • Uriah Rex, a quality assurance representative, explains how her childhood influenced her choice of a child-free life
  • Merle Bombardieri, parenting decision coach and author of “The Baby Decision: How to Make the Most Important Choice of Your Life,” shares strategies for those struggling to decide whether or not they'd like to become parents

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Kaia Findlay is a producer for Embodied, WUNC's weekly, live talk show on health, sex and relationships. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.