About Amy

Amy is a sociology professor who studies childfree families. When not conducting research or teaching, Amy enjoys holding the inside line of the track while skating as Wined Up (#13% abv) for Central Maine Derby, collecting frequent flyer miles, tasting and sometimes cooking kick-ass food of all types, and appreciating wine (preferably crisp, bell peppery whites and stinky, barnyard reds). She maintains "we're {not} having a baby!" with her husband, Lance.

Author Archive | Amy

22 Years of Wedded {Childfree} Bliss

Twenty-two years ago today, on a balmy 0 degree day in Minnesota, Lance and I opted in to enjoying the legal right to file joint tax returns forever and ever – or until one of us dies or until we can no longer stand each other – which ever comes first. Having conquered love and […]

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we’re {not} having a baby!’s Year in Review

2016 was a big year for childfree people, politics, and events. Here is w{n}hab!’s Top 10. 10. We promise not to make this entire post about the state of politics in the United States but… 2016 did make us realize that Idiocracy, the 2006 movie often recalled when people lament our low birth rate and […]

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Happy DINKs, Lisa’s Childfree Story

As a “happy DINK” couple ourselves, we’re delighted to share this childfree story from Lisa who, together with her husband, represents another happy DINK couple! Lisa is a teacher and lives on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada with her husband, Marc. She loves all things health and wellness including yoga, running, and reading for pleasure (a luxury […]

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Rhonny Dam, An Atypical {Childfree} Chick

Amy had the good fortune of meeting author and activist Rhonny Dam at the inaugural NotMom Summit in 2015. Rhonny recently published An Atypical Chick, which chronicles her journey as a young woman who didn’t fit the mold to a childfree, ecological activist who promotes population reduction, fighting climate change, and cleaning up a polluted […]

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Deciding to Remain Childfree, a guest post by Stefani

Stefani’s studies have taken her through modern, medieval, and ancient languages and literature, gender studies, reproductive sociology, and education. She is currently most preoccupied with climate change and human overpopulation and hopes that humanity will muddle through, in some way or other. Deciding to remain childfree: my thought process by Stefani A few months ago, […]

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Participants Needed for Study on Childfree

Research! Sociology! Helping graduate students! These are just a few of my favorite things. And when all of that collides with better understanding the childfree choice, well, that’s just incredible! Sociology doctoral student Brooke Long needs our help. She wants to better understand how those of us who don’t have kids feel about that identity […]

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Love Filled & Guilt Free

If you’re childfree, why did you decide not to have kids? We all have our own reasons. As a sociologist who has studied the childfree for many years, Amy knows that one of the most common reasons childfree couples give is that they value their relationship as a couple. They prefer to nurture their connection with one another and […]

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Childfree Women Needed for Study on Media Consumption

Message from w{n}hab! administrators: We love research and we love to support research! While the following study does not focus on the childfree exclusively, the researcher does wish to be sure to include the childfree perspective and is therefore seeking to recruit childfree women to participate. See below for full details.   Participants Needed for […]

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Out of the Void, a childfree guest post by El McGillivray

Today’s post is by El McGillivray. El is a part-time illustrator, nascent activist, and one third of a small engineering partnership.  She studied art, modern languages, and philosophy in Switzerland and the USA before settling permanently in the UK six years ago.  She runs Childfree Women UK & Ireland, the free social network for childfree […]

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NotMom Summit Opener: Who are the NotMoms?

Last weekend, the first ever NotMom Summit brought together women from around the world who don’t have kids, whether by choice, chance, or circumstance. It was an incredible experience! I was delighted to be invited to help set the stage for the Summit by providing a review of who NotMoms are, and who we are not. I disentangled […]

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