Archive for May, 2020

Natural family Planning International

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

Every fertile-age person can benefit from learning this threefold approach—  baby-care, the meaning of sexuality, and systematic NFP.  When this approach is used more widely, more babies and their mothers will be healthier, more babies will be born into two-parent families, and more families will benefit from the practice of chaste Natural Family Planning and the avoidance of chemical birth control with its abortifacient properties and hazards to personal health.  Also, since synthetic Pill hormones do not break down, they adversely affect aquatic animals, so that environmental damage in our waterways will be reduced.

The big question is this:  How can we get this information to those who need it?  As you read this, anyone in the world with access to the internet can access our website and download our user’s manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.  They can also enroll in our Home Study Course.  Currently a couple can complete the NFPI Home Study course in a short time—even just a week if they work at it.  Their tests are personally reviewed and corrected by a volunteer.  The NFPI home study course is one of the most economical NFP teaching programs and one of the most complete.   For information on the home study course, see the home page of NFP International.  The NFPI teaching manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach, spends a lot of time encouraging couples to be generous in having children. It also teaches God’s way for spacing births through the right kind of breastfeeding and explains all the fertility options and rules. The manual can be downloaded for a suggested donation of $10.  The manual fully supports Catholic Church teaching.

John and Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning and Dr. Konald A. Prem NFP System

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

The Konald A. Prem system of fertility awareness.  Dr. Konald A. Prem was a full professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Minnesota medical school (Department chairman 1976-1984) who applied his knowledge to the practical question of discerning a woman’s fertility.  Specifically, how can spouses know the fertile and infertile times of the wife’s fertility-menstrual cycle?  He knew how to use three common signs of fertility and infertility: cervical mucus, physical changes in the cervix, and the basal (resting) temperature.  Dr. Prem also wanted an excellent alternative to hormonal birth control with its abortifacient and carcinogenic effects.

Crosschecking Systematic NFP.  Dr. Prem taught couples how to use all three signs in a crosschecking way for highest effectiveness and confidence; and in NFPI we follow his form of systematic NFP.  A couple is free to use any one sign by itself, but we recommend using at least the basal temperature and the cervical mucus in a crosschecking way.  Couples who use this system and abstain from the marriage act during the fertile time have a pregnancy-avoidance rate in the 99% range.  This system is also very helpful for achieving pregnancy, and the temperature sign is uniquely helpful for estimating the date of childbirth.

John and Sheila Kippley