PLEASE NOTE: As methods of fertility awareness gain popularity and become more widely accepted, new models of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are being developed and promoted. Only the American models of NFP recognized and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) can be recommended. These models provide authentic NFP in conformance with Catholic teaching. For information on approved models of NFP, please read the USCCB's information on NFP methodology.
Cervical Mucus Methods (CMM)
Cervical Mucus Methods helps a woman to be able to observe and chart the changes in her cervical mucus. Identifying normal, healthy cervical mucus can assist individuals in identifying the most fertile times in a woman’s cycle. There are a variety of methods that teach approaches to observing and charting cervical mucus.
Billings Ovulation Method® (BOMA-USA)
How to Learn the Billings Ovulation Method®:
To learn the Billings Ovulation Method® please contact the instructor listed below. To learn, each woman or couple is invited to attend (individually or in a group) two introductory sessions and continue with individual follow-ups. These follow-ups can be done in person, by email or by phone, depending on what is needed.
Emily M. Kennedy, MSc, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-230-2100 (Triangle Area)
Montserrat Ayala-Ramirez, MD MPH Candidate, email@example.com; 984-219-7427 (Triangle Area, Bi-lingual English/Spanish)
Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (Pope Paul VI Institute)
Web site: www.creightonmodel.com
Phone: (402) 390-6600
How to Learn the Creighton Model System (CrMS):
Learning the Creighton Model System begins with an introductory session (usually in a small group or individual format) which is an overview of how the system works and it's many benefits. This is followed by a series of essential, individualized follow-up teaching appointments (personal instruction on use of the system and chart review). At each private follow-up, the system is tailor-made to the specific needs of the user. These sessions are recommended five times during the first three months of use and an additional three times over the remainder of a year.
The CrMS is taught by FertilityCare™ Practitioners or FertilityCare™ Practitioner Interns who are trained in a 13-month Allied Health Education Program which is designed to help them meet the various needs of the individual throughout all stages of their reproductive life.
Erica Farley, MSN, FNP-C, FCP, firstname.lastname@example.org, (Triangle Area)
Teri Page, BS, FCP, email@example.com, 919-791-8986 (Triangle Area)
Monica Renck, BA, M.Ed, NBCT, FCP, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-608-0597 (Triangle Area)
Sandy Driesslein, BS, CFCP, email@example.com, (Online/Remote)
Sympto-Thermal Methods (STM)
Sympto-Thermal methods of fertility awareness/natural family planning observe several signs of fertility and cross check the signs in order to note ovulation. Some of the biomarkers observed in this method are: Basal Body Temperature (BBT), cervical mucus, change in cervix, and other secondary fertility signs.
Couple to Couple League (CCL)
Web site: www.ccli.org
Phone: (513) 471-2000
The sympto-thermal method taught by Couple to Couple League are done in classes either in-person or online. These classes are taught by professionally trained volunteers who have witnessed the benefits of using the method in their own lives.
A series consists of three classes spaced about one month apart. Supplemental classes for the postpartum and premenopausal transitions-special times which require further instruction-are also offered.
Certified CCL Instructors:
Online/virtual classes and a home study course are also offered through CCL. Please follow link below if you are in an area where no local classes are offered.
Greg and Tara Brelinsky, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-534-6260 , Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rocky Mount
Kobina and Gretchen Inkumsah, email@example.com, 919-744-7793, Triangle Area, (Bi-lingual English/Spanish)
Heidi and Joe Vuletich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-404-0423, Chapel Hill Area, (Bi-lingual English/Spanish)
Sympto-Pro Method (Northwest Family Services)
How to Learn the Sympto-Pro Method:
Take a class comprising three sessions plus private consultations. In a group class, times are set up to meet with each couple one-on-one after the second and third class sessions. Follow-up sessions are arranged with them via email/phone for at least six cycles with the goal for them to be autonomous users. Private classes are also available, where the consultation is incorporated into the class
Online courses are available on through Sympto-Pro on these topics: Introduction to NFP, SymptoPro-Fertility Education, and Sympto-Pro Charting Program. Information on these and other online resources can be found at: https://symptopro.lmscheckout.com/Course/index
Local Contact for Certified Sympto-Pro Instructor:
Tara White, (919)-604-3286, www.newcreationbirthservices.com
Sympto-Hormonal Method (SHM)
The Sympto-Hormonal methods instruct individuals and couples on how to observe several signs of a woman’s fertility, including the use of an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) or fertility monitor. The assistance of the OPK or fertility monitors adds the detection of reproductive hormones in the urine.
Marquette Method (MM)
Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for NFP
The Marquette Method uses devices to assist in charting and interpreting signs of fertility. The Marquette Method is taught either in-person or online as a single class or as multiple classes, depending on the couple's needs. The classes are taught by a medical professional formally trained in the Marquette Method. The method is generally taught in a single class but supplemental classes for the postpartum and pre-menopausal transition may be done separately if needed. Follow ups are also scheduled 1, 3, and 6 months after the initial class.
For information on online classes visit: http://www.marquette.edu/nursing/natural-family-planning/classes.shtml
Local Contact for Marquette Model Teacher:
Laura Driggers, email@example.com, 770-833-7577 (Pittsboro Area and Online)