To properly learn NFP with a desired 97-98 percent effectiveness rate, couples need adequate training in one of the many methods of NFP available nationwide and here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Following is a summary of the most popular methods and how you can access more information and instruction.

CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare™ System of Natural Family Planning

The Creighton Model of Fertility Care teaches standardized mucus observations with an introductory session, followed by individual follow-ups in person or on-line every two weeks for two months, 1 month later and then every 3-6 months as needed. Through this understanding of their fertility, the couple is able to make decisions regarding the achievement or avoidance of pregnancy.  In addition, it provides women the added benefit of being able to monitor and maintain their procreative and gynecologic health over a lifetime, through NaPro Technology.

To inquire about classes or for any other questions, contact a local certified instructor:

Instructor(s)

Atlanta

Atlanta & Birmingham

CANTON & Distance Instruction

DUNWOODY & Distance Instruction

Marquette Method of Natural Family Planning

The Marquette Method of Natural Family Planning is a fertility awareness program developed in 2000 at the Institute of Natural Family Planning in the Marquette University College of Nursing. It is taught by health care professionals, certified in the program, in a series of three monthly classes of small groups of couples, with additional follow-ups over a year. The program teaches cervical mucus observations, basal body temperature, and hormonal observations with a fertility monitor. There have been numerous scientific studies on the method published in peer-reviewed medical journals and it has an on-line teacher training program as well as an on-line program for couples in Spanish and English at http://nfp.marquette.edu.

To inquire about classes or for any other questions, contact a local certified instructor:

Instructor(s)

Dunwoody & Distance Instruction

Roswell & Distance Instruction

Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning

Couple to Couple League: Couple to Couple League’s Sympto-Thermal Method teaches you how to observe and interpret the woman’s fertility signs of cervical mucus and basal body temperature which occur naturally during her monthly cycle. As these signs are observed and recorded, her fertile and infertile times are determined. The Couple to Couple League has been providing NFP instruction for over 40 years.

The method is taught in a series of three classes, each spaced about one month apart. Instruction by a certified teaching couple ensures each participant couple is confident in applying rules and interpreting their personal charts. Registration is online at the Couple to Couple League website www.ccli.org. Cost is $135 and includes all materials and fees.

Couple to Couple League also offers an online Home Study Course in NFP.

For more information about this online course go to: http://ccli.org/productsservices/nfp-instruction/home-study-course.php

To inquire about classes or for any other questions, contact a local certified couple:

Instructor(s)

Flowery Branch

Morganton

Newnan

Suwanee

Tucker

Symptopro Fertility Education by Northwest Family Services

SymptoPro(tm) is a Sympto-Thermal Method, which teaches the couple to understand changes in the woman’s mucus pattern and basal body temperature to determine the fertile and infertile times of the cycle. Tracking the cervical changes is an optional added sign.

The method is taught in a series of 3 classes spaced two weeks apart. Each couple receives individual private follow up from a certified instructor. You will not be asked to share personal information with
other class participants. Online courses with online charting are also available, and are modeled after the in-person classes, consisting of 3 sessions taken 2 weeks apart. Online courses are self-paced and taken on your own time and schedule. Communication between instructor and the couple occurs via email, or by phone upon request. For either in-person or online classes, cost includes lifetime support at no extra charge.

For more information about SymptoPro, go to: www.symptopro.org or contact the certified instructors below:

Instructor(s)

Georgetown Methods of Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning methods, also called Fertility Awareness Based (FAB) Methods can help couples to achieve their reproductive goals for preventing or achieving a pregnancy by observing the signs and symptoms to identify the fertile days in the menstrual cycle.Two simple, modern and effective natural methods are the Standard Days Method® and the TwoDay Method®. Both methods were tested in clinical trials, demonstrating efficacy rates comparable to other user-directed methods. The Standard Days Method is 95% effective when used correctly, and the TwoDay Method is 96% effective when used correctly.

To inquire about classes or for any other questions, contact a local certified instructor:

Instructor(s)

Lilburn

Lilburn

The Billings Ovulation Methods of Natural Family Planning

The Billings Ovulation Method™ teaches fertility management through the recognition of the female body’s natural signal of fertility – cervical mucus. The Billings Ovulation Method™ has been subjected to more scientific research than any other method of regulating fertility. It has been independently examined by the World Health Organization and other reputable bodies and found to be as successful for avoiding pregnancy as any method of family planning available today.

To inquire about classes or for any other questions, contact the local teacher-in-practicum below:

Instructor(s)

Metro Atlanta

Peachtree City

Fertility Education & Medical Management (FEMM)

FEMM is a comprehensive women’s health program that teaches women how to monitor their hormonal activity, in order to manage both their health and fertility.

In three sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart, FEMM classes teach women to understand the details of their hormones and cycles; to identify their biomarkers (such as cervical mucus); to recognize any abnormalities; and to use this knowledge to avoid or achieve pregnancy. In addition, FEMM provides accurate medical testing and treatment, aiming at the root cause of any health conditions. FEMM emphasizes the central role of reproductive endocrinology in the management of women’s health. Our goal is to empower women to achieve their health and reproductive goals by helping them gain a better understanding of their biology and monthly cycles.

FEMM classes are available online for individuals or couples, as well as in-person for groups. Working with her instructor, FEMM’s beautiful, free app allows a woman to easily track her health, chart her cycles, and manage her fertility.

To inquire about classes or for any other questions, contact a local certified instructor:

Instructor(s)

Metro Atlanta

DUNWOODY & Distance Instruction

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