Natural Family Planning

Modern Methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are versatile and usable at any stage of a woman’s reproductive life; (regular, irregular cycles, breast feeding etc.) to either achieve or avoid pregnancy.  It is based upon the couple’s own knowledge of their naturally occurring cyclic phases of fertility and infertility.  Natural Family Planning is not contraception, it offers high reliability, morally acceptable and is a true means of shared family planning in which couples value, respect and understand their combined fertility.

Natural Family Planning Session

These classes are taught by certified instructors from the Diocese of San Jose

What Couples Like about the method.

Responses
  • Provides a system that mutually values, respects, and understands their combined fertility;
  • Promotes shared responsibility, unlike contraceptives;
  • Enhances their sexuality and promotes marital bonding;
  • Strengthens marriages and families; views children as gifts;
  • Encourages involvement of men for support and in decision making.

Diocese of San Jose Fertility Care specializes in the Creighton Model System (family planning that’s completely natural). The Creighton Model System of Natural Family Planning offered through the Diocese of San Jose is also highly beneficial for those couples facing infertility concerns.

Information is taken from Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, 6901 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE 68106, U.S.A.

What Women Like about the method.

Responses
  • Provides knowledge about how her body works;
  • Increases awareness of abnormalities in the menstrual and fertility cycles;
  • Helps the physician to understand the causes of her problems;
  • Allows her to be a collaborator with the physician in her healthcare maintenance,

Use-Effectiveness Statistics

As a system of family planning, the Creighton Model can be used to both achieve and avoid pregnancy. In the June 1998 issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicinea large use-effectiveness study of the model revealed that this system has a method effectiveness (perfect use) of 99.5% and a use effectiveness (typical use) of 96.8% when used to avoid pregnancy.

Alternatively, when model is used to achieve pregnancy in couples of normal fertility, the effectiveness is 76% in the first cycle of use and 98% by the sixth cycle.

An introductory session (general presentation in small-group or individual format) that explains scientific foundations, methodology, applications to various reproductive categories, and how to track your cycles with the Creighton Model. Additional Personalize follow-up instruction can continue your training with a series of individualized appointments including complete chart review.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am getting married on ________ and I would like to register for the Natural Family Planning (NFP) session, what dates do you have available?
To answer this question you must view the NFP registration form/s available above by clicking on ENGLISH or SPANISH.  Note the forms on this website are revised and updated every month or every other month depending on how soon sessions become unavailable.
There are no session dates available before my wedding date, what can we do?
When NFP sessions are no longer available before your wedding date please contact our facilitator Dolores Moreno at 408-983-0130 or dolores.moreno@dsj.org Dolores provides private sessions to couples that require scheduling an NFP session as soon as possible.  Unable to schedule a private or regular session we encourage you to notify the Priest asking for this requirement to be fulfilled before your wedding date, and if permitted may this requirement be completed after your wedding celebration. Most Priests will allow this.
If NFP sessions are available before wedding date, how can I register for a Natural Family Planning session?
At this time we do not accept registrations over the phone, fax, or email.  All registration forms (both English and Spanish) must be mailed to Attention: NFP, Office for Parish Services, Diocese of San Jose, The Chancery, 1150 N. 1st St., Ste. 100, San Jose, CA  95112.  NO WALKINS ACCEPTED ON THE DAY OF THE SESSION.
Do we receive a notification confirming our registration?
Yes, you will receive a Natural Family Planning Confirmation letter through e-mail or regular mail.
Where do all sessions take place?
All Natural Family Planning Sessions take place at The Chancery, Diocese of San Jose, 1150 North First Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA  95112 (Must register prior to attending)
I live out of state but would like to get married here in San José. I was informed you give marriage preparation classes, how and where can I get registered?

We do not provide marriage preparation classes. We can only advise you to see your parish priest/marriage coordinator (who is supposed to give you and your fiancé the marriage preparation). Depending on the requirements of that state – then ask the parish Priest in San José if he will accept the out of state requirements.

Contact the Office of Family Life & Spirituality

Certified Fertility Care Practitioner

Dolores Moreno

dolores.moreno@dsj.org
408-983-0209

Certified Fertility Care Practitioner

Julie Linder

julie.linder@dsj.org
408-983-0130

For assistance contact:

Mary Jewell

mary.jewell@dsj.org
408-983-0127