The founder of Range Foundation, Dr. Oluwatoyin Bass, has called for an end to the discrimination and stigmatisation of childless couples.
She made this call during the public presentation of her book titled, Range and Wellness Found Me and Beyond, as part of activities to mark her 40th birthday.
According to Punch, Bass, who gave birth to her son through In-vitro Fertilisation, noted that stigmatisation could also delay conception in affected couples.
“It took nearly eight years for us to have our son and I know how it felt; the way people look at you because you don’t have a child, the things that are said behind your back and even family friends. They might mean well; but the things that they say also put pressure on couples when they’re trying to have a baby.
“So we are seeking to dispel that stigma of infertility and, hopefully, we can lend our voice to this fight so that other people who are facing the same challenge can also benefit in inexpensive treatments that are available.”
Bass also called on couples to rise above social stigma and consider adoption as this could also ease their worries.
“ We need to open up to adoption because there are a lot of children out there who need homes. These children need to be loved and so, while we are waiting, there is nothing wrong with adopting. It is also a stigma that is attached to adoption that makes people not to come forward to adopt.
“If you think about it when you were growing up, you probably had other children who passed through your home. Your parents raised other people’s children without legally signing a paper. So, I don’t know if it is because we have to sign a paper that there is a problem.
“Society should not judge those whose hearts are open to adoption. It’s not enough to be the biological parents of a child; it is the person who nurtured and raised the child that is really the parent,” she noted.