Mission, Vision & Goals

THE ASSOCIATION OF FERTILITY AWARENESS PROFESSIONALS (AFAP) exists to make sure that women and their partners can find high quality Fertility Awareness instruction in a context that supports their reproductive choices, their identities, and their relationships, whatever those may be. We do this through a two-pronged approach:

We are professionalizing the field by establishing uniform standards for educators, a code of ethics, and an international certification, and by providing peer support and ongoing education for Fertility Awareness Educators (FAEs) and those in training.

We are increasing access to instruction by maintaining a comprehensive list of highly qualified instructors, addressing barriers to widespread knowledge of Fertility Awareness, and participating in conversation with the public and with medical professionals.

Our members include Fertility Awareness Educators and authors as well as Allies who support Fertility Awareness and share our vision. Please see our membership page if you would like to join us!

Our Vision

We envision a world in which all women and girls have the knowledge and power to make informed choices around their fertility, sexuality, and reproductive health, as well as healthcare providers who support their decision-making.

Our Mission

The Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals (AFAP) is a professional membership organization dedicated to

(a) unifying and strengthening the profession of Fertility Awareness education

(b) empowering women, families, and communities by increasing access to quality sexual and reproductive health education and counseling.

Our Fertility Awareness Educators (FAEs) have taken different pathways to become qualified teachers but share a common core of competencies. We promote secular, observational Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs). We provide education to all women and couples regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, or religion.

Our Goals

  1. To support FAEs (Fertility Awareness Educators) with professional membership, a code of ethics and standards, and resources for collegial involvement and continuing education.
  2. To uphold a rigorous standard for FAE training by direct certification through AFAP as well as through recognition of training programs.
  3. To help the general public identify options for instruction in non-religious, observational FABMs by curating and disseminating a list of qualified FAEs.
  4. To serve as an informational resource for the media, health care professionals, and others by providing accurate, unbiased information about FABMs, and to participate in discussions about FABMs and related topics that take place in the public sphere.
  5. To enhance reproductive justice and cultivate diversity among users of FABMs as well as  among FAEs by actively working to overcome barriers (e.g. racial, cultural, economic) and by expanding culturally-sensitive FA education.

Note: AFAP is currently working to make our language trans and gender non-conforming inclusive in all of our print and online materials. We are being very thoughtful about this work and have not come to complete resolution about the specific approach we will take. This is why you will currently see some gendered and non-inclusive language on this website. Please know that AFAP certification has at its core a commitment to inclusion and to serving all people with respect and integrity.