It’s time for our final, scheduled spotlight in our Natural Family Planning: How to Get Started Series! If you use a method that is found in our methods tab but was not spotlighted, and would like to write a review or encourage your instructor to do so we welcome you to contact us! This week we are very pleased to welcome Fertility Care Practitioner, Liz Escoffery to give us a review of the Creighton Model! Thank you so much Liz!
The Creighton Model of FertilityCare allows women and couples to chart their fertility, understand and apply the information for their family planning, and gain valuable health knowledge when needed through NaPro Technology. The Creighton Model sessions are taught by practitioners who have completed a 13-month internship.
The Creighton Model System relies upon the tracking of cervical mucus and bleeding patterns. The woman observes these biological markers throughout the day and is taught the standardized terminology by her teacher. In monitoring the changes, a couple is able to assess when they are naturally fertile and infertile allowing the couple to use the system as a means to avoid pregnancy or achieve pregnancy through the concept of selective intercourse.
The woman/couple is given instruction through individual training on how to chart her biological markers of cervical mucus and bleeding. The couple charts their/her most fertile sign of the day. Based on this information obtained from charting, a couple can obtain knowledge of their fertility and recognize abnormalities in a woman’s health. Improvements or changes in diet, medication, lifestyle, stress management, and more are often observed through the chart.
The Creighton Model teaching schedule consists of a 1- hour Intro Session (group or private) and 8 classes (private) that take place over the span of one year. The first follow-up typically lasts 1.5 hours with the remaining 7 lasting 1 hour each. After the first class, the woman will begin to make observations and chart her cycles. At subsequent classes, additional training occurs and Creighton charts will be managed by a trained practitioner. Creighton is tailor made to the couple/woman therefore individual instruction is essential. After the program is complete, a couple/woman would return to their practitioner at least once a year, and more regularly if something changes like after the birth of a baby or if they are having trouble conceiving.
Using the chart as a diagnostic tool, the provider will order cycle-timed labs and tests, and come up with a treatment plan (including medical and surgical options) that respects and upholds the dignity of the woman and couple. NaPro Technology can assist in the treatment of infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, repetitive miscarriages, the perimenopausal transition, postpartum depression, hormonal abnormalities, and other reproductive conditions.
Varies, depending on location and practitioner. Indy FertilityCare’s fees are listed here.
Please go to http://www.fertilitycare.org/ to find a teacher in your area. Many of us offer virtual learning through videoconferencing.
No app exists presently. Charting is done on paper chart provided by the practitioner.
For more information on the Creighton Method of FertilityCare or NaPro Technology please view:
This spotlight was written by:
Liz Escoffery, MA, CFCP
Certified FertilityCare Practitioner of the Creighton Model
For classes in central Indiana and virtually through Go To Meeting
85 E. Cedar St.
Zionsville, IN 46077