Childless couples tell of slights and judgments

NZ Herald 20 March 2012
Money-hungry, career-obsessed and selfish – such is the stigma surrounding child-free couples. A book by Theresa Riley has given an insight into the lives of those who have opted not to have children – and the Auckland PhD student told the Herald she was fascinated by her findings. Her thesis and book, Childfree in New Zealand: How couples who choose not to have children are perceived, explores the experiences of 10 couples aged from their early 20s to their 50s. Some were happy just to have other people’s children in their lives, while others enjoyed the freedom to pursue their careers.

….A Statistics New Zealand report predicted one in seven of people born around 1965 would not have children, and one in three would have at least one child who would themselves be childless. Ms Riley estimated the childless rate among New Zealand women was 10 per cent, although many of these were unable to have children and available data did not make a distinction between the two groups.