In this poetry-infused autoethnography, I reflect on how the experience of my baby brother's death influenced my choice not to have children of my own. In reviewing the extant literature about women who choose to remain childless, I found my experience is not reflected, as much of what is written about the increasing number of women who are childless by choice focuses on reasons such as finances, freedom, and career. With this in mind, I offer my story and present an alternative narrative of grief impacting the choice to remain childless.
Sterilized by Grief: The Death of My Brother and the Choice to be Childless
Sarah Pennington is a PhD candidate in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of South Florida. This paper was accepted for the 2015 Doing Autoethnography conference in San Angelo, TX. It was not presented due to inclement weather. Correspondence to: Sarah Pennington, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU 105, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Sarah Pennington; Sterilized by Grief: The Death of My Brother and the Choice to be Childless. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2016; 5 (1): 37–50. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.1.37
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