Season 2 #5 Jody Day

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Jody Day is the founder of Gateway Women, the global support network for childless women - now celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Jody is also a psychotherapist and author of Living the Life Unexpected: How to Find Hope, Meaning and a Fulfilling Future Without Children - the book The British Medical Journal now recommend to patients coming to terms with unavoidable childlessness. Jody says of childlessness: ‘in no way do I wish to diminish the heartbreak you might be feeling right now - I’ve been there; it’s the darkest place I’ve ever been. You never ‘get over’ childlessness, it’s not the flu, but it is possible to heal around it.’ Here, Jody and Helen talk about: - Jody’s journey - How IVF isn’t a magic bullet - PTSD and fertility treatment

- Childless or child free - how the terms aren’t interchangeable

- Unhelpful cultural ideas around not having children - Painful things people say - …and what to say back (‘I’m not ‘childless Google’!’) - ‘Pronatalism’ and how it does all women a disservice - Disenfranchised grief and how to heal it - Finding a new purpose – a ‘good’ plan B Triggers include childlessness not by choice, infertility, IVF, abortion. It’s a very powerful episode where we talk about a lot of extremely painful things (there are tears). It’s difficult but important and that’s what learning how to be sad is all about – so I hope you’ll join us on this one and do get in touch at howtobesad@gmail.com if you would like to discuss further or visit https://gateway-women.com/. Follow Jody @gatewaywomen on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Helen on social media @MsHelenRussell How To Be Sad, the book, is out now. Thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.

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