Infertility presents couples with an unexpected cross. Marriage is inherently called to bring forth new life, and those couples unable to conceive suffer from this unfulfilled, natural human desire. There is hope. The Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System, used in conjunction with NaPro TECHNOLOGY – a medical approach cooperating with natural hormonal balance of the human body, can increase a couple’s potential to conceive a child.
Gianna Center – Healthcare for Women
The Gianna Center provides comprehensive gynecologic primary care and specialized fertility and family planning techniques to uncover the causes of infertility for all women. The Gianna Center offers a natural alternative to assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization, in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Staff by friendly, licensed professionals, the Gianna Center esteems woman’s healthcare and remains deeply committed to honoring a woman’s dignity and the sanctity of human life.
Gianna Centers are located in Manhattan (15 East 40th Street, Ste 101 – just west of Madison) and New Brunswick, NJ (222 Easton Avenue). Free initial consultations are available for infertility and recurrent miscarriage. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.saintpetershcs.com/GiannaCenter or call (212) 481-1219.
Dealing with Infertility is difficult, and can be extremely painful. Couples will find support through their community, a committed prayer-life, and ultimately, the sacraments of the Church. The following resources can help and provide knowledge on infertility.
Monthly Support Group
The Gianna Center for Women’s Catholic Healthcare (15 East 40th Street Ste. 101) offers a FREE monthly support group on the third Thursday of each month. These meetings allow women to discuss their feelings with other women who are also struggling with infertility. Reading material on infertility is provided and discussed. Any woman can attend; they do not need to be patients of the center nor Catholic. Please call (212) 481-1219 for more information. Some meetings are cancelled if turn out is low, so be sure to contact them ahead of time.
- New Hope in Infertility by Dr. Anne Nolte, M.D.
- Learning to Pray through Infertility by Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D.
- Embracing the Cross of Infertility by Dr. Marie Meaney
- Facing infertility: A journey of faith, hope and love by Mary Louise Kurey
- Couples face Cross of Infertility by Emily Stimpson
Books & Pamphlets
- Dealing with Infertility: A Guide for Catholics by Julie Kelemen
- The Infertility Companion for Catholics by Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria
- Infertility Journey by Jeannie & Bruce Hannemann
- Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology: a statement published by the USCCB, November 17, 2009.
St. Gianna Mass
The St. Gianna Mass is a beautiful liturgy celebrated for couples who have or currently are struggling with infertility or recurrent miscarriage. Gathered in a solidarity of hope, couples are invited to experience the healing graces of the Eucharist, followed by fellowship and an opportunity to meet a healthcare professional from the Gianna Center for Women’s Healthcare.
St. Gianna is the Patron Saint of women, families, miscarriage, and infertility. Couples attending this Mass often suffer silently, having undergone many tests and diagnoses and left morally and/or spiritually drained. It is our sincerest hope that during the St. Gianna Mass, these couples will experience the prayers of ‘the communion of saints’ and the practical support and assistance of Church members; thereby giving them a hope and peace beyond all understanding.
St. Gianna Masses typically occur yearly in Manhattan. If you would like to host a St. Gianna Mass in your area, contact Vincent DaSilva at (646) 794-3168 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Gianna Masses are co-sponsored by the Family Life Office and the Gianna Center for Catholic Women’s Healthcare.