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Natural Family Planning (NFP)
In God’s plan, marriage is a sign of God’s presence in the world and the conjugal love that unifies the spouses is at its fullest when it is mutually enriching, permanent, exclusive, faithful, total, and fruitful (open to life). Sexual intercourse enables couples to intensify their mutual intimacy and to bring new life into the world. An inseparable connection exists between the union of the spouses (love-giving) and the procreation and education of children (life-giving) as they help the spouses to grow in their love for God and for each other. This is why the Church supports Natural Family Planning (NFP) methods in assisting responsible parenting. 
 
These methods assist couples in having a better understanding and appreciation for the wife’s fertility and consequently for her as a person and her more intimate design. NFP will assist you in increasing your communication as you grow together in your sexual union, and as you discern with God the sacred gift that are children. I encourage parents to make these important decisions regarding responsible parenting (achieving, spacing, and avoiding pregnancy) in the context of prayer, in a spirit of love and generosity, in accordance with the Church's beautiful teaching on the gift of human sexuality, and in light of your responsibilities to God, each other, your already born children, and to society.
 

Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton


NFP Association (Alberta) - Billings Ovulation Method (WOMB)

The Billings Ovulation Method is based on awareness of the woman’s natural cycles of fertility and infertility, unmodified by any chemical, mechanical, or other artificial means. It takes advantage of the biological fact that women are infertile more often than fertile throughout their procreative years. The fertile phase, that time when conception may occur, is recognized by physical signs accompanying ovulation. This knowledge, together with planned abstinence, can be used either to achieve or to postpone pregnancy.
 
For More information: Visit Website
Email: info(at)billingslife.ca
Open iTunes to buy and download the Billings NFP Charting

Creighton Model Fertility Care System

The CrMS relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are essential to a woman’s health and fertility. These “biomarkers” tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system whether to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. These biomarkers also telegraph abnormalities in a woman’s health.

For more information please call 780-482-1531 
Email: fccedmonton(at)gmail.com

Marquette Model

The Marquette Model (MM) system of NFP integrates the: ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor (CBEFM), an algorithm and other well-known signs of fertility like mucus and temperature. Use of the CBEFM assists the couple to be more precise with identifying ovulation by measuring hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of fertility in a woman's menstrual cycle. The information from the monitor in conjunction with charting observations of cervical mucus and basal body temperature provides an excellent way for women to monitor their fertility health. The MM was developed by professional nurses and physicians at Marquette University in the late 1990s. With correct use, this method is as effective as other fertility awareness–based methods of natural family planning.
 
For more information please call 1-414-288-3854. 
Learn the Marquette Model online.
Email: mary.schneider(at)marquette.edu

Serena – Sympto-Thermal Method (STM)

Serena-Canada Serena is a Canadian organization which teaches the STM of NFP. Using the STM enables men and women to make decisions about their fertility: to plan pregnancy, to avoid pregnancy, or to space the birth of their children. The STM works in harmony with the woman’s natural fertility cycle, even during breastfeeding, menopause and other circumstances. From the beginning of a woman’s fertile life, until the end of menopause, the STM remains an effective guide for controlling fertility. 
 
For more information please call Edmonton & Area 780-488-5221 or call 1-866-488-5221 our of the area. You can also visit their website.
Email: alberta(at)serena.ca

MyFertilityMD

The state of the art technology in MyFertilityMD charts the naturally observable Bio Marker of cervical mucus but also works integrally with any other fertility sign such as basal body temperature, saliva ferning, urinary estrogen, luteinizing hormone and palpation of the cervix. MyFertility MD is an incredibly user friendly and intuitive smart phone application. The state-of-the-art interface allows the user to chart her fertility with ease. By answering just a few simple questions, the AutoChart feature utilizes a sophisticated algorithm to accurately calculate fertility in seconds. Helpful videos guide the user through the process and actually teach the user organic family planning from the ground up. Because our goal is not just to provide a tool for calculating fertility, but to build an entire culture of organic family planning, MyFertilityMD is loaded with several other features including a Women’s Forum, picture library, and, most importantly, an Ask the Doctor feature. Ask the Doctor actually puts the user into direct contact with a team of real physicians who will personally respond to specific medical questions. 
 
For more information visit their website