God designed marriage as an “intimate partnership of life and love” (see Gaudium et spes, no. 48). In God’s design, marriage is a unique union of one man with one woman “for the whole of life” (see Canon 1055, The Code of Canon Law). Marriage is oriented to the good of the spouses and to the creation and nurture of new human life (see Gaudium et spes, no. 48). Making decisions therefore, about when and how many children to have in marriage is a sacred responsibility that God has entrusted to husband and wife. This is the foundation of what the Church calls, “Responsible Parenthood,” the call to discern God’s will for your marriage while respecting His design for life and love.
The Catholic Church supports the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) because they respect God’s design for married love. In fact, NFP represents the only authentic approach to family planning available to husbands and wives because these methods can be used to both attempt or avoid pregnancy. When learning about NFP, it is important to know that:
- Natural Family Planning is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid conception. These methods are based on the observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Some natural methods include use of fertility monitors to better understand the time of the wife’s fertility. Married couples using NFP to postpone conception abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the wife’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. Married couples who use NFP to attempt a pregnancy, make use of the fertile window–the optimum time when conception is likely.
- 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 and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife. (Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry, p. 23)
Information on Fertility Awareness
FAbM Base – Seeks to establish the practical, scientific and communal foundation and continuing support necessary for those learning and practicing fertility awareness in all stages of life
The Marriage Group – Online, On-Demand Catholic Course: NFP Life – An Introduction to Natural Family Planning
FAbM Base – Provides a breakdown of the different methods of fertility awareness
Vitae Fertility Education
Louise Boychuk, RN
Marquette Method NFP Instructor
Matt and Jenene Peterson
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish
myparishnfp.org – Helping families, parishes, and dioceses navigate fertility with faith.
Online Fertility Awareness Education
Julie J. McKean, LMHC, NCC, LLC
Family of the Americas
Bridgewater Professional Park
4913 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, FL 33558
Will see clients out of office
Creighton Method – English
Diane M. Hale, RN, CFCE
St.Gianna’s Center for Women’s Health and Fertility Care
Clients seen at the St. Gianna’s Center in Largo and via Skype
CeAnne Laramee, RN, CFCP
Fertility Care Services of Tampa Bay (FCSTB)
Will see clients 1:1 in office in Clearwater and Online Instruction
Linda Mackenzie, RN CFCP
Ave Maria Fertility Care
Will see clients at St. Stephen Parish in Valrico or in Plant City.
Will also accommodate out of area clients by WebEx.
Emma Nathe, FCP
Fertility Care Services at Life Choices Family Medical
Jennifer Scannell, FCP
Psalm 139 FertilityCare Center
Melissa Zumpano, BS, CFCP
Online Sessions Available
Creighton Method – Spanish
Stella Maris FertilityCare Services
Updated March 2023