End of the Childbearing Years
Although we frequently hear birth stories and pregnancy stories, rarely do we talk about the tenderness, joy, confusion, pain, completion, gratitude, and seeking that often permeate the end of childbearing. For some women that end comes when their bodies can bear no more children. For some it comes because they feel their families are complete. For some it comes in spite of a yearning for more children. And for some it comes without a child ever being born. For many, unexpected turns delay or hasten the end of the childbearing years. Embedded in all of these stories, for Mormon women, are questions of faith, revelation, cultural expectation, physical challenges, marriage, fertility, mortality and eternity, and choice. Each of the following stories is a generous and vulnerable offering. We ask that all comments be sensitive and nonjudgmental toward any woman's choices or beliefs. These stories were curated in November, 2017.