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A couple has hilariously announced their decision to have a child-free life, by staging a vasectomy photo shoot.

Tyler Frederick, 29, and Chelsea Roy, 23, posted the series of tongue-in-cheek images on Facebook, to let their family and friends know they’d made the decision to never have children. “We have a very exciting announcement to make! We are expecting… NEVER! Got snipped mid December and looking forward to the child free life.”

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Understandably, the photos have since gone viral, with more than 10,000 comments on the Facebook post – and not all of them supportive. While the pair has been together for four years, they had both made the decision not to have kids before they even met.

“For as long as I can remember, I have not wanted to have kids,” Chelsea told TODAY Parents. “And everyone who knew me knew that, so I wasn’t pressured much since my answer never changed.”

‘Coming NEVER’

Couple announces vasectomy with photos

The situation is much the same for Tyler, who says those closest to him have always understood his decision. “I have a lot of older cousins that don’t have kids, so I think they have taken the attention off of me a bit,” he said. “I have not been too fond of children for a while, and my close friends and family have known that.”

After Tyler underwent a vasectomy in December last year, the couple decided to celebrate with a fun photoshoot, in a similar vein to a pregnancy shoot. Except their images would swap out props like teeny shoes for a pair of men’s undies, scissors and a onesie emblazoned with the words: “Coming NEVER”.

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Tyler’s friend, photographer Elijah VanDine took the hilarious images, and sent them to the pair just before they headed off on a trip. They uploaded the photos to Facebook, and when they returned, discovered they’d gone viral.

“The public reaction is crazy to me,” Tyler said. “The post wasn’t even made public at first, and even after I did make it public I didn’t expect more than maybe a few hundred shares.

“Lots of comments of people wanting to recreate it with their partners. And other people saying thank you for celebrating and normalising this decision.”

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In Australia, around one in four men over the age of 40 has had a vasectomy, which is a procedure that cuts the tubes which carry sperm to the testes. Legally, anyone over the age of 18 can get a vasectomy in Australia, but some vasectomists aren’t comfortable performing the procedure on men under 30, particularly if they haven’t had children.

“If these pictures makes things any easier for someone pressured into having kids, or helps normalise this choice, then I’m happy to have helped others even just a little,” Tyler said. “A growing number of people are choosing the child-free life for many number of reasons, so it’s probably best to wait for them to bring up any news than asking quite personal questions.”

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  • Good for them for trying to make light of it. It’s something that can also be reversed if they ever change their minds.

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  • Wow what a decision! It is quite funny announcement!

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  • This is hilarious. Good on them.

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  • Lol super cringe but whatever works for them to announce it!

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  • Sorry but i don’t like it. Its a personal matter not to show it like that

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  • Each to their own! But seriously, such a massive decision for a young age women.

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  • Their own personal Choice

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  • Not everyone wants children for either personal or medical reasons. The best thing about this is that they have both knew they didn’t want children from the beginning of their relationship. Just because they don’t want children of their own doesn’t mean they won’t make a great Aunt and Uncle. They shouldn’t be judged over their decision and I applaud them for being honest with everyone. I love the photoshoot by the way.

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  • Children are a blessing. To each his or her own.

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  • The photos are very “creative” and a bit corny, but good on them for celebrating their decision.

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  • Not everyone wants children, but many people celebrate that they’re pregnant, birth of the baby, then birthdays. Why not have a special day for yourself doing this.

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  • Its great that they both have made the decision and are happy to let people know Now no one will ask them

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  • Good on them its no ones business but there own

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  • Its good to have a bit of fun and this is just what we all need at the moment! I love it!

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  • It’s certainly a novel way to let all their family and friends know the decision they have made and will stop people asking when and presuming they want children.
    Having a family is a huge change in your life and it’s fine if you decide your careers and lifestyle don’t include children.
    Just hope they don’t regret it later as they’re still quite young.

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