As a (Childless) Mother, I Know True Love with Stephanie Phillips
Have you ever questioned when we become a mother? Is it only at the point of giving birth or could it be in the months or even years preceding? I’ve encountered true love throughout my life and feel sorry for any parent who believes it can only be felt upon giving birth, as their mindset dictates their love will never be reciprocated.
- Katy SeppiFounder, Chasing Creation
Katy Seppi (she/her) is designing an unexpectedly childfree life after infertility. After her hysterectomy in 2017, she started Chasing Creation to provide support, resources and community for those who are also involuntarily childless. In addition to the Childless Collective Summit, she offers: a monthly, virtual Childless Support Circle; monthly Childless Chat Webinars with special guests; and online workshops. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Georgia with an emphasis in community empowerment and program development.
- Stephanie Joy PhillipsFounder, World Childless Week
At the age of 39 Stephanie Joy Phillips (she/her) and her husband were told by a doctor “If he manages to get you pregnant it is highly unlikely you’ll carry full term.” Stephanie knew in that moment, she would never be a mum. The grief that followed was deep and dark but she found support, validation and friendship through online support groups.
In 2017 (having become acutely aware the childless were not represented en masse anywhere) Stephanie founded World Childless Week to enable the voices of the childless community to be heard globally, and in 2022 World Childless Week reached over 100 countries.
Stephanie also runs several Facebook groups specifically for the childless and in her spare time enjoys arts and crafts, reading and relaxing with her husband and two rescue cats, Storm and Tea-Cup.