A few years ago, I had the good fortune to appear on Women's Hour, a BBC Radio 4 talk show to discuss the issue of women deciding not to have children. (to listen to this discussion, go to my website http://www.ticktockcoaching.co.uk and find the link on the home page)
It was an important and fascinating discussion. One of the arguments that another panelist used was that she believed that nurturing and caring values were very important and that the best way for this value to be lived was through mothering. My counter-argument (and firm belief) is that those values can be lived in a wide range of ways - not simply through being a parent.