“Celebrate and reverence God’s vision of human sexuality.”
I had never heard of anyone using a “natural” method of birth control successfully. So when my time to look into birth control came, I turned to my doctor and was recommended a pill form of birth control. I didn’t do well on “the pill.” It made me feel not like myself. Eventually, I made my way to the insertable ring option. A year later, I became pregnant while on that type of birth control. My first pregnancy was completely normal. Delivery was normal; everything went smoothly with the birth of my son. At my post-partum appointment, I asked for a birth control method and was recommended the IUD; I was never told that there was a more natural method. This seemed like the only option for me as a nursing mom. 2 months after giving birth I had the IUD placed. It was a horrible experience; one I was completely unprepared for. Shortly after, I began to feel very strange. I began having panic attacks and severe depression. Since I had just given birth to my son, I thought I was experiencing postpartum depression.
I turned to my faith during this time. My then fiancée, now husband and I decided to pursue the faith, he taking classes to complete his sacraments and I signing us up for marriage preparation. It is during our first appointment that we were told that an introductory class to NFP was recommended. It was something he and I were open to. We began charting and going through the classes. In our class discussions, we began discussing some of the side effects of my IUD. I was experiencing all of the negative side effects including feeling the IUD in my left side. This was a relief to me. I felt “off,” like something was not right and was relieved to know it was the IUD causing it. I made an appointment to have the IUD removed. When having it removed, I had to defend my choice by telling the doctors I wanted another child. When I discussed it with my doctor, I told him it made me feel unstable. He said that was a good description for the side effects. The IUD was beginning to embed itself and I was told to wait six months before getting pregnant. Save & Exit
Well, I must have gotten pregnant a week or two later. A month after having the IUD removed, I had a positive pregnancy test. I was nervous when I found out I was pregnant because of how quickly it happened. A few days later, I began bleeding heavily. This is where God orchestrated some pretty awesome things. When I went to the doctor, I was told I had a sub chorionic hemorrhage on the left side of my uterus. It was common but in my case it was very large. I was told there was nothing any one could do but sit and wait. My Fertility Care Practitioner (NFP) called to cancel our class the next morning. She didn’t know I was pregnant and quickly told me to come in. In examining my chart, she saw that my hormone levels were out of control. She called Dr. Nolte at the Gianna Center and her prescribed progesterone and blood work. I had a consultation with her and after 6 months of bed rest and lots of blood work and progesterone, I was on my way to a normal pregnancy. The sub chorionic hemorrhage eventually did heal but without the insight NFP provided, my daughter would not be here today healthy and full of life.
We have been successfully using The Creighton Model (NFP) for two years to postpone having another child. We are praying about when to have another child, but we are blessed to know that we have such amazing support within the Creighton Model network (NFP). For my family, The Creighton Model has been a lifesaver and the only option for us.”
By Jazmin Germosen
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For additional Information about NFP, please visit the USCCB website.
Below is a list of Natural Family Planning instructors for the Archdiocese of New York and surrounding areas. To learn more about each Natural Family Planning method, visit our overview page.
- Deacon John & Judy Singler
Staten Island, NY
Billings Ovulation Method
- Napoleon & Miriam Rodriguez
For information on classes, call (347) 879-6250
Couple to Couple League
- Kevin & Linda Gaboardi
Danbury, CT (near Westchester County, NY)
- Andrew & Tracey Pappalardo
- Lucy & Juan Rodriguez
Stamford, CT (near Westchester County, NY)
For information on classes, call (203) 243-3768 or (203) 368-6271
- Colleen & David Toder
Highland, NY (Ulster County)
- Eric & Anne Tozzi
Yonkers, NY & Peekskill, NY (Westchester County)
Creighton Method FertilityCareTM
- Virginia Corbett, RN, FCP
New York, NY and Long Island
- Alicia Crete BS, CFCP
- Dorothy Dugandzic, BS, CFCP
- Marise Frangie, FCP
- Janet Galbo, RN, FCPI
Westtown, NY (Orange County)
- Kristen Marie Haight, NPI, FCPI
Manhattan, NY; Newburgh, NY; & Orange County
For information on classes, email email@example.com
- Beth Hanson, RN, FCP
Gianna Center – Manhattan, NY & New Brunswick, NJ
- Jamey Hutchinson (nee Johnston), RN, BSN, CFCP
Long Island, NY
Love and Life Fertility Care of Long Island: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Matilde Aurelia & Rey Lopez
Haverstraw, NY (Rockland County)
- Christina Maiale, FCPI
Gianna Center – Manhattan, NY
- Joanna Nycz-Wasilec, MS, FCP
- Maryann Pennell, RN, FCP
Pomona, NY (Rockland County)
- Debra Smith, FCPI
Long Island, (NY Suffolk County)
Lolek Fertility Education: (631) 793-6808
- Gillian Tausend, FCPI
- Kelly Vardakas, FCPI
Mahopac, NY (Putnam & Westchester Counties)
For information on classes, email email@example.com
- Maureen Wallace, FCPI
- Laura Weidner, CFCP
Medical consultants are licensed physicians who support and/or promote the use of Natural Family Planning methods.
Dr. Anne Nolte (nee Mielnik), MD, FCMC, Family Practice
(specializing in the Creighton Method – FertilityCareTM)
Gianna Center (NY) – Catholic Healthcare for Women
15 East 40th St. (just West of Madison Ave) Suite 101
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 481-1219
Dr. Kyle Beiter MD, OB/GYN, FCMC
(specializing in the Creighton Method – FertilityCareTM and NaProTechnology)
Gianna Center (NJ) – Catholic Healthcare for Women
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 565-5490
Become an NFP Instructor
The good news about the NFP ministry is that the number of couples discovering the joys and freedom of Natural Family Planning is increasing. The challenge now is that we need more instructors help meet this demand. We need your help! Please consider becoming a Natural Family Planning instructor.
- Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System – Practitioner CertificateThe FertilityCareTM Practitioner Certificate Program is a one-year program that prepares students to teach the Creighton Model of FertilityCareTM to women and couples. Two separate weeks of intensive training are required: Education Phase I (EP I) and Education Phase II (EP II). Also required are two supervised practicum and an on-site visit by a faculty supervisor. A National Standardized Final Exam is administered one year after the initial training. To learn more about the Practitioner Certificate Program, contact Dorothy Dugandzic, BS, CFCP, at (718) 842-2598.
- Billings Ovulation Method – Teacher Training ProgramThe Billings Ovulation Method is a simple, yet scientific, method of Natural Family Planning. Ongoing research has been conducted in Australia, Sweden and Spain since it was developed over 50 years ago by physicians John and Lyn Billings of Melbourne, Australia. To learn how to become a certified Billings instructor, visit www.boma-usa.org.
- Couple to Couple League – Teaching CouplesCCL Teaching Couples are well-trained and provide professional instruction and consultation on NFP. As a Teaching Couple, you will not only provide instruction, but also your witness, experience, and passion for living out your marriage as God intended. Teaching Couples are very knowledgeable on NFP, while further trained to provide a loving encounter to couples-in-training to demonstrate the whole-person experience of responsible parenthood. To learn more about becoming a CCL Teaching Couple or promoter, contact Erik Tozzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.