Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning Seminar
In recognition of the truth and beauty regarding the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage and the family, the Diocese of Gaylord is sponsoring a training for teachers of Natural Family Planning (NFP). The seminar will train individuals or couples from across the diocese who will become certified in the Family of the Americas ovulation method. The course will be held July 11-13, 2012 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord. After completing the course and the teaching requirements, participants from the diocese of Gaylord will become teachers and guide couples within the Diocese.
There is a registration fee of $ 50.00.
An additional materials fee of $600.00 is required for registrants NOT from the Diocese of Gaylord.
Registrations are due by June 25, 2012
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is Natural Family Planning?
It is a means of learning how to cooperate with your body in its natural functions for the purpose of achieving or avoiding pregnancy.
How does it work?
Women experience physiological changes during their monthly cycle. Natural Family Planning teaches the proper recognition of these changes, which indicate the fertile period. NFP takes advantage of the biological fact that women are infertile more often than fertile during their productive years.
How effective is NFP?
Studies have shown that motivated, well instructed couples can achieve effective rates of ninety-nine percent. This is more effective than many contraceptive pills and devices and there are no side effects to harm the body.
What are the other benefits of NFP?
It may help to identify certain bodily disorders or mood swings. Because it requires a cooperative effort on both partners, it can foster better communication and promote understanding and respect. Also, because NFP cooperatives with normal body functions, it is completely free from potentially harmful chemicals and devices.
Is It Just Semantics?
Contraception or Abortifacient Procedures
Many women appreciated the pill, the shot, the patch, and hormonal interventions because they create lighter periods. This is a result of the thinning of the lining of the uterus. Break-through ovulation occurs when using one of these devices from 30 to 65% of the time. It takes 6 to 9 days on average for the newly formed human to travel from the fallopian tube to the lining of the uterus. Unfortunately, when he or she arrives, the lining is too thin, and there is an early abortion before the woman realizes she is pregnant. The progestin and estrogen actually interfere with the pregnancy by changing the lining of the uterus so that a newly conceived child cannot implant in the womb. She might notice that her period is late or heavier than usual, that there is increased cramping, or some other sign that is different than her usual 3-5 day light flow caused by the hormonal contraception. (However, the IUD acts as an abortifacient most of the time.) The child is flushed out through the uterus and appears as a heavy period. When she learns the truth and then thinks back and prays about it, she might have an intuitive sense that she has lost a child. This new version of the pill that was now supposedly safer for the mom was clearly more dangerous for the babies being conceived.
Another woman's story:
I am very angry that my doctor never explained the true nature of contraception when he prescribed birth control. My periods are like clockwork, and when I was getting the Depo-Provera shot there were three times that my period was late. When I called my doctor's office, concerned about my late periods, the nurse explained that I should not worry and that it was normal. They assured me that I would get my period. Well, I did get my period...after my child starved to death. I found out years later how this type of contraception works, and my heart is just sick. My periods were late because I was pregnant. My period was delayed until the baby had died because it could not attach properly to my uterus to be nourished.
Unfortunately, many women who would never consider a surgical abortion now use low-dose birth control pills that may cause them to abort a new life on an average of once or twice a year. (Information taken from "The Contraception of Grief, The Genesis of Anguish Conceived by Abortifacients and Sterilization" by Theresa Burke, Ph.D
Advantages of Natural Family Planning