Monday, July 22, 2013

Fertility Care Center at St. Mary's


Did you know - St. Mary's Catholic Center is home to a Fertility Care Center?

This means that we have an affiliated center which provides professional instruction in the CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare™ System which features the new women's health science, NaProTECHNOLOGY.

Melissa Buchan, one of the practitioners here at St. Mary's talks more about it in the following interview at Austin Catholic New Media blog:
1) Please introduce yourself and let us know how you came to be involved in working with in Natural Family Planning?
My name is Melissa Buchan, and I am a FertilityCare Practitioner with the FertilityCare Center of St. Mary’s (FCCSM) in College Station, TX. I have been teaching the Creighton Model for the past 7 years. I work with 4 other practitioners at the FCCSM. We provide diocesan approved NFP Introductory Sessions and work with women and couples teaching them how to chart their cycles and implement this knowledge into their marriage. Many probably wonder why in the world I would spend my days talking to women about their cycles. It sounds so taboo. This work has really become a passion of mine. It all began with my introduction to Theology of the Body. At the age of 17 I was already on the pill for irregular cycles. The first time I heard of NFP I was amazed by the concept. I found charting my cycles very liberating. Not only was I able to understand my body, my view of human sexuality took a 180 degree spin. It was a life changing discovery.

2) How can we as a church community be encouraging young people and married couples about practicing NFP, who have not encountered it before, or have been sitting on the fence about it?

Do your research! There are many methods of modern NFP. Find a method and start charting. You will be amazed at how easy it is and how well you can know your body. God created us beautifully and with purpose, including our sexuality. When a couple understands the meaning of their sexuality and can accurately identify times of fertility they gain an amazing respect and reverence for their bodies. This lends itself to growing in the virtue of purity. (further reading to come)

3) What advice can you give to women that may be on the pill and are interested in something different?

I am seeing more and more women dissatisfied with the pill. They want an alternative…Continue Reading.

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