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Welcome to Single Mothers by Choice!®

Maureen and Mom AMISingle Mothers by Choice (SMC) was founded by Jane Mattes, L.C.S.W., a psychotherapist and single mother by choice, in 1981. Since then, over 30,000 thinkers, tryers, and mothers have enjoyed the benefits of membership.

A Single Mother by Choice is a single woman who decides to become a mother knowing, at least at the outset, that she will be the sole parent of her child. Our primary purpose is to provide strong peer support and information to women who are considering, or have chosen, single motherhood.

Our members connect with one another through local chapters all over the US, and in Canada, Europe, and beyond, and/or through our lively 24/7 online private discussion Forum and Newsletter. We are delighted to share our experiences, wisdom, and resources about Donor Insemination, Adoption, all stages of Parenting, and much, much more.

Learn how you can join and connect with our community today!

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Meditations on Choosing Single Motherhood

I was interviewing a parenting expert who has written over 23 books on parenting and appears on shows like Dr. Phil and The Today Show about disciplining the preverbal toddler, when I decided to just go ahead and ask her, the expert, what she thought about women who intentionally choose to have a child on their own, a child who would be brought into the world without a biological father.

I did this, I thought, because I want to write about how children of SMC moms fair compared to the conventional mom-dad household (which is actually pretty non-existent today anyway), but after hearing her response, I was surprised by the way I felt. Basically she iterated what many SMC moms who have written on the subject say. I’m paraphrasing here but she said women who plan to have a child are committed to parenting and any kid with a parent

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