The American Fertility Association (The AFA) announced today the release of a postage stamp highlighting infertility awareness. The stamp is the cornerstone of The AFA’s Love Letter Campaign, a new, patient-driven movement designed by The American Fertility Association in support of this year’s NIAW theme – “Don’t Ignore Infertility”. By utilizing the stamp on letters of support and encouragement that participants mail to each other, a nationwide, highly-visible network will be created, helping to further publicize the message of infertility awareness.
The Love Letter Campaign gives patients the opportunity to support each other. To simply say, “I’m sorry for what you are going through. I understand. I’m going through it, too.”
“People today spend so much time on the web. While online support groups can be wonderful, there is nothing that takes the place of a simple, heart-felt, handwritten note,” said Corey Whelan, AFA Program Director. Adding, “the Love Letter Campaign will let infertility patients be there for each other in a gentle, non-obtrusive way. Each person participating will also get a Love Letter from an AFA staff member, which will also include educational material. The AFA is looking forward to supporting infertility patients in this way.”
The AFA is supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families, dedicating a section of their website to LGBT Family Building. One post under the afrorementioned headline states:
There are some unique aspects associated with the care rendered to same-sex couples. One of the foremost is an honest self-assessment by the healthcare team about its own comfort level in relating to the needs of patients with what are considered alternative lifestyles. Some, but not all, lesbian women may feel marginalized by the healthcare system and perhaps even more so with respect to the unfamiliar territory of assisted reproductive technologies. The lesbian patient may also feel higher anxiety levels about the team’s acceptance of her sexuality and how the team will interact with her and her partner and/or extended family. The approach to all patients should be one of sensitivity and patience and kindness in word and deed as well as the time for patients to ask questions and feel welcomed.
The release of the stamp and Love Letter Campaign will coincide with NIAW, which runs from April 22 – 28. An allied non-profit organization, RESOLVE, created NIAW to raise awareness about the disease of infertility and encourage the public to understand their reproductive health. The AFA is proud join with RESOLVE and other infertility organizations in support of our shared mission.
Information about the Love Letter Campaign can be found here. Infertility awareness stamps may be purchased here. The campaign launches in April and will continue throughout the year. Stamps will be available for purchase, at cost, on The AFA’s website indefinitely.