Natural Family Planning (NFP)

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Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a method through which a married couple may either achieve, avoid or space a pregnancy.  It is based on the natural signs and symptoms which occur during a woman’s menstrual cycle. By learning to carefully observe and chart these signs, a couple may then apply the appropriate rules based on their family planning intention. NFP is based on scientific knowledge while remaining faithful to the Church’s teaching on upholding the love and life connection in the marital act. NFP methods are natural methods used for avoiding or achieving pregnancy which are based on a couple’s awareness of the woman’s naturally occurring times of fertility and infertility. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife. When couples are taught by competent teachers, understand the methods, and are motivated to follow them, NFP is up to 99% successful in spacing or limiting births.
Fertility Awareness Methods for Natural Family Planning

1Ovulation Method

The methods that observe cervical mucus are commonly called the "Ovulation Method" (OM). In NFP education, a woman learns how to identify the normal, healthy, cervical mucus which indicates the fertile and infertile times in your cycles. A number of NFP providers teach a variety of approaches to the observation and charting of cervical mucus:

2Ovulation + Temperature Method

The Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of Natural Family Planning involves the observation and charting of cervical mucus as well as the Basal Body Temperature. Secondary signs are considered as well in determining fertility. The STM method is the result of the work of various scientists including Dr. Billings and Dr. Josef Roetzer. A number of NFP providers teach a variety of approaches to the observation and charting of these signs:

Additional resources that provide good practical suggestions for your wedding preparations:

  • NFP Classes in the Diocese of Savannah: The Diocese of Savannah offers instruction using the different methods of NFP. The best way to learn NFP is from a qualified instructor who is certified.  NFP couple classes are scheduled by appointment with the instructor. Cost varies between $50 and $140 depending on the method used. Make the appointment directly with the instructor.

    The Family Life Office informational brochure contains all the information you need to understand the different methods of Natural Family Planning. You can also locate a Natural Family Planning instructor in your area.

  • On-line NFP Classes
    • Archdiocese of Chicago Family Life Office Program

      Chicago just launched a new online on-demand Natural Family Planning class at www.learnNFPonline.com. Now couples can learn the Billings Ovulation Method any time, anywhere.

      This class includes a series of video segments taught by a young, engaging married couple (she is a Certified Billings Ovulation Instructor), who do a great job witnessing to the benefits that using NFP has brought to their marriage. There are also test questions that must be answered correctly before they are able to download a Certificate of Completion.

      After completing this class, if the couple desires, the Chicago Archdiocesan Family Life office can assign them a Certified Catholic NFP instructor to coach them as they start charting and using the method.

    • FertileViewoftware by Novuscor 

      FertileView is a downloadable software program for fertility management. The application tool allows the client to chart their fertility signs while the FertileView program interprets the information. This comprehensive software program is designed to be used by the client to provide specific cycle details that includes ovulation.

      By defining the boundaries FertileView determines the optimal time to achieve and avoid pregnancy.

      Learning the FertileView Software method by attending a virtual training class (1.5 hours) that is scheduled at couples convenience. One-time fee of $150.00. For more information please visit FertileView.

Additional resources that provide good practical suggestions for your wedding preparations:

  • Natural Family Planning Current Medical Research
  • Discover Natural Family Planning visit USCCB for other resources - Posters, Liturgy & Prayers, Couples' Stories, Church Teachings and Articles.
  • Church teachings on human sexuality, conjugal love, responsible parenthood, and marriage and family life are especially contained in the following 20th century documents.

    • Married Love and the Gift of Life (November 14, 2006)
    • Evangelium vitae, The Gospel of Life (1995), John Paul II
    • Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994)
    • Domum vitae, Instruction on Respect for Human Life (1987)
    • Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
    • Familiaris consortio: The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (1980), Pope John Paul II
    • Humanae vitae, On the Regulation of Births (1968), Pope Paul VI
    • Gaudium et spes (1965)
    • Casti connubial: On Christian Marriage (1930), Pope Pius XI
Learn to be a NFP instructor

Are you interested in becoming a teacher of Natural Family Planning for your parish or deanery?
The Family Life office is looking for new teachers offers the 40 hour training workshop in Savannah.  You must attend all the days to be certified as an NFP Instructor for the Diocese of Savannah.  Stella Kitchen is a certified NFP trainer in the symptom-thermal method.  Candidates for the certification program should email the Family Life office at familylife@diosav.org or call  912-201-4058 for information on the next training session. Training fee is $300 which includes all materials and on-going supervision by NFP Trainer.

To Take the NFP class as a couple, contact the instructors listed below directly to set up appointments:

SAVANNAH DEANERY

  • Sally Kennedy - Creighton Method             $  75              912-354-3065
  • Betsy DeBry - Sympto-Thermal Method     $  75              912-659-8244 or betsydebry@comcast.net
  • Patrick & Jacque Kelly                                 $130              912-321-2212 (P) 912-432-8706 (J) or patrickandjacquekelly@gmail.com

AUGUSTA DEANERY

COLUMBUS DEANERY

  • Michelle and Jeff Chardos - STM Couple to Couple League        $140    706-569-8512 or threeplycord@knology.net

MACON DEANERY

  • Mary Stroupe - Northwest Family Services method         $90        478-394-3196 or mcstroupe@bellsouth.net

STATESBORO DEANERY  - 

Patrick & Jacque Kelly - Couple to Couple League        $130       912-321-2212 / 912-432-8706 or  patrickandjacquekelly@gmail.com  

VALDOSTA-BRUNSWICK  DEANERY

  • Lorin Beier   -   Northwest Family Services method  $75      334-464-0710 or lorin.beier@gmail.com

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