To Kid or Not To Kid

There is still an assumption that choosing not to have children is weird, selfish, or somehow wrong.

Filmmaker Maxine Trump turns the camera on herself as she confronts the idea of not having kids. She explores the cultural pressures and harsh criticism childfree women regularly experience, as well as the personal impact the decision not to have children may have on her own relationships. Will her husband and family understand or will she be left feeling lonelier than ever before?

Maxine meets other women reckoning with their choice: Megan, 25, suffers serious side effects from taking contraceptive hormones and wants to be sterilised. But she struggles to find a doctor willing to take her request seriously. Meanwhile, Victoria lives with the backlash of publicly acknowledging that she made a mistake when she had a child.


  • Year: 2018
  • Duration: 75 & 52 mins
  • Production: Helpman Productions
  • Director: Maxine Trump
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: USA


  • DOC NYC 2018 (USA), Sheffield Doc Fest 2018 (UK), Cleveland International Film Festival (USA), Portland EcoFilm Festival (USA), Bechdel Festival (USA), Wood’s Hole Film Festival (USA), Sociologists For Women In Society (USA), Dona i Cinema Festival 2020 (Spain), Celebrating Womanhood Festival 2021 (Uganda)

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