Episode 5: ‘The Experience & Impact of Male Involuntary Childlessness’ Guest: Dr. Robin Hadley

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22 March 2022

In the majority of countries, fertility statistics are most often measured by the reproductive experiences of women, exclusively. At least 1 in 5 women reach age 45, without having a child in the UK. This statistic is similarly reflected in several other countries, and is either higher or growing in others.

What might this number look like, if we were to track people of all gender expressions, who do not have children, whether by choice, chance or circumstance?

What do we really know about the experiences of childless men? We will delve into this topic with today’s guest, Dr. Robin Hadley, who is an international expert on male childlessness and aging. Dr. Hadley is childless not by choice, and brings the depth of his lived and professional insight to our conversation.

We will challenge assumptions about men’s experiences of not having children, and address the realities of aging and male fertility. We will also discuss what men need most in terms of acknowledgement and understanding of their childless journeys.

Our discussion will further reflect on what is needed for a more inclusive community movement to evolve, amidst the similarities and differences in male and female experiences of involuntary childlessness, social assumptions and policy inequities.

Pilot Episode 5:

Access the transcript here.

For more information visit: https://www.robinhadley.co.uk/

Robin’s Book: 

How is a Man Supposed to be a Man?: Male Childlessness-a Life Course Disrupted

Episode 5: ‘The Experience & Impact of Male Involuntary Childlessness’ Guest: Dr. Robin Hadley
22 March 2022


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