Kerry Payne Stailey – The Children (I Never Had)

Kerry Payne StaileyThe Children (I Never Had)ESSAY CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT ‘The Children (I Never Had)’ explores the bloody battle of infertility, of hope and loss, played out monthly …

‘The Children (I Never Had)’ explores the bloody battle of infertility, of hope and loss, played out monthly by women everywhere in their fruitless quest to become mothers. Our year of reproductive discontent was poetic and confronting and bittersweet, so like the melancholy I carry for the babies I did not. These are the children I imagined would be ours, and the menstrual blood that defied us, every twenty eighth day.