I'm a woman in my mid to late 30s who is happily married and who has no plans of becoming a mother. I often find in casual conversation with clients and partners that people are a put off when they realize that I don't have children . I understand that there's a commonality in the child-rearing experience and so will often share anecdotes about my nieces and nephews (whom I love dearly and am very close with) to illustrate that yes, I too get it, even though being an aunt is not the same as being a mom. But I'm often left with the impression that people think that my lack of children means there's something 'off' about me. For additional context, I work and live in New York City and am in a creative field and I still encounter this behavior.