Is it fair to have an only child? And what if you don’t have a choice? For those who’ve struggled with infertility, the whole issue of “only children” is a double-edged sword. Anyone who
chooses to have only one child has to contend with the stereotypes surrounding only children, but many of those struggling with infertility didn’t choose this option, it chose them. They face all same prejudices and myths, but without the upside of getting to decide what is best for their family.
After going through hell and back to get their first child, many don’t have the option of trying for a second. Maybe they are emotionally or financially tapped out after the roller coaster that is infertility treatment and adoption. Maybe they spent so many years on different treatments that by the time they finally had or adopted their first child they feel like they are too old to have another. Or maybe they desperately want another, but treatment is not working and adoption doesn’t feel like a comfortable option. They are “stuck” with having to make peace with having an only child at the same time they hear all the reasons why children need siblings.