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.
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.
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.
For more information, please contact the diocesan Office of Family Life at 574-234-0687.
Theresa Schortgen, RN, CFCP, CFCE
FertilityCare™Specialist of Northeast Indiana
146 N. Rufus St.
New Haven, IN 46774-1162
Fertility & Midwifery Care Center
Lea Oberhausen, Fertility Care Practitioner
Creighton model FertilityCare practitioner
Phone: (210) 262-9731
Suzy Younger, MS, FCP
FertilityCare Practitioner Manager,
Saint Joseph FertilityCare Center
611 E Douglas Rd. Suite 408
Mishawaka, IN 46545
National website: www.ccli.org
Ron and Marilyn Shannon
Fort Wayne, IN
Steve and Tammy Gladding
Fort Wayne, IN
Shane and Danielle Henderson
Eric and Rachelann Allmon
Patrick and Monica Carrillo-Klein
St. Bernard, Wabash
Director: Janet Bettcher
2018 Ironwood Circle
South Bend, IN 46635
Methods: Ovulation, Sympto-thermal