NFP/FABM Training & Educators

NFP/FABM Educators are listed below according to the method taught to achieve or postpone pregnancy. Most offer classes, both online and in-person that cover the science and biology, how to use the method, the Church’s teaching, and basic charting.

While there are many effective NFP methods and instructors available, the three methods of NFP that the Archdiocese of New York supports include the Cervical Fluid methods, the Sympto-Hormonal methods, and the Sympto-Thermal methods listed below, along with the independent organizations who provide training in these methods:

Cervical Fluid Methods

1. The Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) is based on a woman’s daily observations of cervical fluid (also known as cervical mucus). For additional information on the BOM, visit: http://www.factsaboutfertility.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/BillingsPEH_REV3.pdf

For training options available, visit the following sites:

learnnfponline.com by The Marriage Group, LLC
boma-usa.org by BOMA-USA

2. The Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) is a comprehensive method for tracking a woman’s fertility by teaching her to understand the cervical fluid or mucus observations throughout her cycle. The Creighton method also serves as a tool for evaluating and monitoring a woman’s reproductive and gynecologic health through the new science of Natural Procreative (NaPro) Technology. For additional information on the CrMS, visit: http://www.factsaboutfertility.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/CreightonPEH.pdf

For training options available, visit the following sites:

Gianna Centers: sppanj.com/services/gianna-center
FertilityCare Centers of America: fertilitycare.org

 

Sympto-Hormonal Method

Sympto-hormonal Methods (SHM). Similar to the Sympto-thermal Method, SHMs incorporate cervical fluid observations with a second sign, for example, urinary metabolite hormone levels, to identify days of fertility. The SHMs that we endorse include:

1. FEMM (Fertility Education & Medical Management) which teaches women the link between hormones and health, and how to monitor observable hormonal biomarkers. Women learn how to identify normal or abnormal patterns, and with the support of the FEMM app, they can apply FEMM as a form of natural family planning. Women and couples can email support@femmhealth.org to be registered for classes.

The FEMM app was designed to help women track their health by observing key biomarkers such as cervical fluid, bleeding, physical symptoms like cramps and acne, and emotional symptoms like depression, moodiness, etc. These biomarkers indicate the hormonal interplay that occurs throughout the cycle. Through charting with the FEMM app, women know:

  • the average length of their cycle
  • quality and length of their bleeding
  • point of ovulation at each cycle
  • fertility window
  • and more

Currently available in English and Spanish, the app can be downloaded for free from the Android and Apple stores. For your information, here are some website and social media links:

2. The Marquette Model (MM) which uses a hand-held electronic (ClearBlu Save & Add To Library e Easy) fertility monitor to measure hormones and urinary metabolites.

For additional information visit nfp.marquette.edu.

 

Sympto-Thermal Method

The Sympto-thermal Method (STM) is based on a woman’s observations of her cervical fluid, basal body temperature (waking temperature), and other biological signs (e.g., changes in the cervix). A woman records the characteristics of her cervical fluid secretions and monitors the basal body temperature, which rises after ovulation. Couples cross-check these two primary signs and follow specific guidelines to determine the beginning and end of their fertile days. For additional information on the STM, visit: http://www.factsaboutfertility.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/SymptoThermalPEH.pdf

For training options available, visit the following sites:

Couple to Couple League International: ccli.org/learn-nfp-from-ccl/

Symptopro:  symptopro.org

SymptoPro Course with Kindara Bundle:  symptoprokindara.lmscheckout.com

 

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