MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio — Census statistics continue to show most kids in America are being raised by both parents, but new numbers show, single motherhood is on the rise.
Amanda Morrison, a single mom to two children, is not a mother yet. But it was more than a decade of losing.
“I tried for 14 years to get pregnant, was told that I would never have kids at the age of 16 because I have Polycystic Ovarian Disease,” said Morrison.
Not all her children survived when she got pregnant.
“My first pregnancy, I miscarried twins, my second pregnancy, my triplets lived for 45 minutes before passing at 20 weeks(pregnant),” said Morrison.
She has tattoos of the babies she lost on her arm but kept trying new things.
“I decided that since I wasn’t married or anything else, that I was going to go through IUI (intrauterine insemination) and use donor sperm to get pregnant,” said Morrisson.
She was able to get through her two pregnancies with children that are now toddlers.
She chose to be a single mother.
“There’s a lot of drama in a lot of relationships now and especially growing up, my sister has been married a couple times and got divorced and watched all that and I just, I didn’t want that,” said Morrison.
We live in an age where According to the U.S. CensusShe said that single motherhood is on the rise in America.
“I swore up and down I was gonna be that TV mom, up early cooking breakfast, kids are all at the table eating, kids are well mannered,” said Morrison.
She said she soon realized it’s not exactly what she thought.
“I feel like I have to work extra hard to compensate for being a single mom, there is no second income paying the house note, there is no second income paying the car bill, there is no second income helping buy diapers or food,” said Morrison.
She’s already having those difficult conversations with her kids.
“We’ve sat her down, we’ve explained to her that mommy wanted her so much that mommy chose to have her without a daddy and if it’s meant to be for her to have a daddy, one that comes into our lives,” said Morrison.
Morrison said she wouldn’t trade being a single mother because she believes being independent is setting the example for her kids if they become parents too.
“As long as they’re happy, healthy, and not disrespectful or anything like that, then I’ve done a good job as a mom,” said Morrison.