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Natural Family Planning

What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a scientifically based, morally acceptable method of regulating conception based on daily observation and interpretation of the natural signs of fertility and infertility which occur in a woman's body. Using this knowledge, a couple can identify the days on which conception is possible should they desire to either achieve or to avoid a pregnancy.  International studies confirm that, when used to avoid pregnancy, NFP has an effectiveness rate of 98-99% for a couple who has been properly instructed and who follows the method carefully.

NFP provides a healthy, highly effective method of family planning for a very low cost and with no harmful side effects. It can be used successfully at all stages in a woman's life, including during breastfeeding and perimenopause. Couples who practice NFP often develop a deeper awe for one another's bodies, for the gift of their joint fertility and for the privilege of parenthood. Many couples also find that the mutual respect, regular communication, shared responsibility and self-restraint required by the practice of NFP enrich their relationship and strengthen their marriage.

Why NFP?

The Catholic Church promotes NFP because it is the only method of family planning that respects the link between the love-giving and the life-giving purposes that God has placed in sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse is intended by God to be the most intimate sign of the complete gift of self that a man and a woman make to one another in marriage. This act that expresses their mutual gift of self, at the same time makes them capable of the greatest possible gift – cooperating with God in giving life to a new human person.

Natural family planning allows a couple to prayerfully discern on a periodic basis whether or not God is calling them to conceive a child and then to use their understanding of the wife's fertility cycle to either achieve or avoid a pregnancy. It regards fertility as a gift that should not be suppressed or destroyed, but rather appreciated and respected. The Church believes that natural family planning is where being pro-life begins.

2018 CLASS DATES WILL BE POSTED IN EARLY DECEMBER

NOTE: The following diocesan classes will instruct you in the Sympto-Thermal method of Natural Family Planning.  If you are interested in learning another method, please consult the list of independent instructors listed at the bottom of this page.  For a brief overview of the differences between some of the methods, click here. 

The following are the scheduled NFP class series for 2017 in the Fort Wayne and South Bend areas. It is necessary to attend all 3 sessions in a series in order to be fully instructed in the method. The fee for the class series and materials is $40 per couple. Please register ONLINE at least one week in advance by choosing a date and location below.

FORT WAYNE AREA CLASSES

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

November 7th, November 21st, and December 5th, 2017 

SOUTH BEND AREA CLASSES

Christ the King Catholic Church

November 14th, November 28th, 2017, and January 9th, 2018 

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

For more information, please contact the diocesan Office of Family Life at 574-234-0687.

Other Independent NFP Providers in the Diocese:

CREIGHTON MODEL NFP Teachers:

Fort Wayne Area

Theresa Schortgen, RN, CFCP, CFCE

FertilityCareSpecialist of Northeast Indiana

146 N. Rufus St.

New Haven, IN 46774-1162

Home: 260-749-6706

Cell: 260-494-6444

SKYPE: theresaaschortgen

chartdaily365@frontier.com

Hilary Schoedel 

260-804-2106

Hilary.schoedel@gmail.com

Fertility & Midwifery Care Center 

Lea Oberhausen, Fertility Care Practitioner

leao@fertilityandmidwifery.com

260-222-7401

Tina Schmidt

Creighton model FertilityCare practitioner

Phone:  (210) 262-9731

Email: safertilitycare@yahoo.com

South Bend Area

Anne Burks, FCP, NFP-PA
FertilityCare Center of Michiana 
Website: www.fccmichiana.org 
admin@fccmichiana.org or anneburks@live.com

Suzy Younger, MS, FCP
FertilityCare Practitioner Manager,
Saint Joseph FertilityCare Center 
611 E Douglas Rd. Suite 408 
Mishawaka, IN  46545 
Phone: 574.335.6472
Website: www.sjmed.com
Email: youngesu@sjrmc.com 

COUPLE TO COUPLE LEAGUE Teachers

National website:  www.ccli.org

Ron and Marilyn Shannon
Fort Wayne, IN
260.489.1856
mshannon11@frontier.com


Steve and Tammy Gladding
Fort Wayne, IN
260.639.6008
tam922000@yahoo.com


Shane and Danielle Henderson
Warsaw, IN
419.934.5577
dee_henderson23@yahoo.com


Eric and Rachelann Allmon
Decatur, IN 
erallmon@hotmail.com
260.728.9572


Patrick and Monica Carrillo-Klein
Marion, IN
St. Bernard, Wabash
765.668.8034


NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY

Director: Janet Bettcher
Life Center
2018 Ironwood Circle
South Bend, IN 46635
(574)-234-5411
nfpstjoseph@gmail.com
Methods: Ovulation, Sympto-thermal


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