Natural Family Planning

Advantages of Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning strengthens marriages by developing communication skills and shared responsibility between spouses.

NFP is completely natural and organic.

NFP is a model and means to transmit values and ideals about sexuality within marriage to our children.
No chemicals or devices enter the body.

There are NO medical side effects.

NFP is effective for couples:

  • Throughout their fertile years
  • With regular or irregular cycles
  • In transition from contraceptives
  • Through peri-menopause
  • NFP is morally acceptable to all faiths
  • Is 99% effective when used to prevent or postpone pregnancy by an instructed and motivated couple

Natural Family Planning is a means of either achieving or avoiding pregnancy based upon the couple’s knowledge of their cyclic fertility and infertility.

The Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries

supports the following:





The Billings Ovulation Method

  • taught by an accredited teacher
  • in a scientifically and entirely natural way
  • either to postpone or achieve pregnancy
  • instructing four commonsense guidelines used in nearly every situation: irregular cycles, pre-menopause, recovery from emotional and physical stress, breastfeeding and coming off contraceptive medication
  • providing patterns of hormones on a simple daily record in a simple, non-invasive way
  • by treating infertility and aiding couples to conceive naturally

Symto-thermal Method

(Couple to Couple)

  • The Couple to Couple League provides instruction in the Sympto-thermal method which includes:
    • a certified volunteer teaching couple
    • instruction to both the husband and wife
    • a basic course of 3 classes in monthly intervals
    • leaning to identify the woman’s fertility signs: mucus, the cervix and basal body temperature
    • understanding responsible parenthood, the discernment to achieve or avoid pregnancy
    • discusses the value of exclusive breastfeeding
    • supplemental courses on the return of fertility after childbirth and pre-menopausal fertility

Local Billings Ovulation Method Instructors:


Click here for more information about the World Organization Ovulation Method Billings (WOOMB).

Online classes available:

Local Couple-To-Couple Instructors:

Adrian and Martha Paz
(712) 263-5313
Classes available in Spanish

David and Alicia Schonhardt
(763) 670-9058

Visit the website to register for a class near you or via online at

Creighton Model Fertility Care System

  • trained practitioners of Pope Paul VI Institute and are certified by the American Academy of Fertility Care Practitioners
  • external observation of cervical mucus
  • applying the instructions, a couple determines when they are fertile and infertile


  • Standardized and objective
  • Professional
  • Easy to learn
  • Medically safe
  • Personalized
  • Reliable
  • Shared system between the couple
  • Inexpensive
  • Monitors and maintains a woman’s health
  • Versatile (usable at any stage of a woman’s reproductive life; regular and irregular cycles, breastfeeding)
  • Precise (identifies true days of fertility and infertility)
  • Morally acceptable

Local Instructors For the Creighton Model Fertility Care System:

Becky Behrens, RN – CFCP
(712) 669-3510
Introduction sessions are scheduled bi-monthly or are available by appointment.

ORANGE CITY, IA   Orange City Fertility Care Center
Kari M. Beadner, FCP
712) 266-3282
Full program only

Orange City Area Health System
Dr. Allison H. Schoenfelder, MD
Family and Fertility Care Practitioner

Siouxland Medical Education Foundation
Dr. Stephen Pallone, MD – NFP Doctor
2501 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
(712) 294-5000

Life Fertility Care Services
Lisa Willis, RN-CFCP – Director
(712) 251-4427
Online sessions available!”

Liz Kluver, CFCP
(712) 363-2101
Introduction sessions only