Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an attitude toward family planning and fertility awareness in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
Billings Ovulation Method
The Billings Ovulation Method is based on awareness of the woman’s natural cycles of fertility and infertility, unmodified by any chemical, mechanical, or other artificial means. It takes advantage of the biological fact that women are infertile more often than fertile throughout their procreative years. The fertile phase, that time when conception may occur, is recognized by physical signs accompanying ovulation. This knowledge, together with planned abstinence, can be used either to achieve or to postpone pregnancy.
Diocesan Contacts: Cathy Vandenberg
The Marquette Method uses the Clearblue home-based fertility monitor to track the changes in a woman's hormones throughout her menstrual cycle. The method is objective and relatively easy to learn, with highly effective protocols for use when breastfeeding or postpartum. In combination with this and other biomarkers, the Marquette Method is highly effective in working with a woman's natural fertility to either achieve or avoid pregnancy.
Diocesan Contact: Ashlee Underwood
For more information about the Marquette Method, visit: https://www.marquette.edu/nursing/natural-family-planning-model.php
Creighton Model System
The Creighton Model System (CrMS) relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are essential to a woman’s health and fertility. These “biomarkers” tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system whether to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. These biomarkers also telegraph abnormalities in a woman’s health.
Diocesan Contact: Asia Wilson