Introduction

The Ovulation Method is based on a woman’s recognition of the changes in her own cervical mucus secreted a few days before, and during, the time of ovulation. This ability to determine the period of fertility gives the couple the freedom to achieve or postpone pregnancy without the intrusion of drugs or mechanical devices of any kind.

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has three providers of the ovulation method: The Billings Ovulation Method, Family of the Americas Ovulation Method, and the Creighton Model/FertilityCare Services.  Please scroll down for more information.  Please call the Office of Marriage and Family Life to register, 316-685-5240.

Billings Model

Teaching Method: The Billings Ovulation Method was developed by Drs. John and Lyn Billings of Melbourne, Australia. Their research started 50 years ago and is being taught throughout the world today.

Women teaching women is the way the Billings Ovulation Method has been established in over 100 countries. Couples are encouraged to attend instruction as early as four to six months before marriage. Women who are discontinuing use of the Pill or any other contraceptive can begin as soon as they wish. After the First Instruction, follow-up chart reviews are scheduled at two-week intervals. Second and Third Instructions are approximately one and two months after the initial instruction, with Fourth Instruction following after the others are completed. Through private or group instruction, couples learn to chart their signs of fertility and infertility. Frequent and confidential follow-up chart reviews with a Certified NFP Instructor allow the couple to gain confidence in the Method and assurance of its success in their marriage.

Cost:
Introductory Session
: $13 - $35 (Sliding Fee Scale)
Follow Up Sessions: $12 - $30 (Sliding Fee Scale)
Materials: included in sliding fee scale (paid at introductory session)

Professional Education: Billings Ovulation Method teachers are thoroughly trained and certified by Billings Ovulation Method Association, USA, an affiliate of World Organization Ovulation Method Billings and meet the national standards of the Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning.

FertilityCare Services

Teaching Method: Instruction in FertilityCare Services is delivered through individualized teaching appointments. Couples enter the program by attending an introductory session, and continue instruction with a FertilityCare Practitioner who will meet with them at regular intervals over the course of the first year of instruction. Additional instruction, as needed, is always available.

Cost:
Introductory Session:
$13 - $35 (Sliding Fee Scale)
Follow Up Sessions: $12 - $30 (Sliding Fee Scale)
Materials: included in sliding fee scale (paid at introductory session)

Professional Education: FertilityCare Services Practitioners receive their education through a 13 month professional program developed at Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska. Some practitioners are certified through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. All instructors have met the national standards of the Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning.

NaproTechnology helps couples with infertility: 

FertilityCare helps couples understand their fertility: 

Family of the Americas

Teaching Method: Family of the Americas Foundation (FAF) purpose is to promote family unity by encouraging parents to meet their mutual responsibilities
to each other and to their children.

Mercedes Wilson, president of the Family of the Americas, Inc. studied the Ovulation Method under its originators Drs. John and Evelyn Billings. Family of the Americas color stamps and mucus stickers are used for this simplified method. Materials are available in several languages including Spanish and Vietnamese. Use of the Family of the Americas Ovulation Method allows couples to better understand the woman’s body and how changes in diet, travel, and exercise may impact her overall health. It also helps couples to accurately plan the conception and birth of their children.

Couples are encouraged to attend instruction as early as four to six months before marriage. Women who are discontinuing use of the Pill or any other contraceptive can begin as soon as they wish. Follow-up chart reviews may be scheduled twice a month for the first three months and as needed until the user understands the application of the Ovulation Method.

How much does it cost? $35
Family of the Americas Ovulation Method Instruction includes:

•         “Introductory Session" which provides instruction on charting and the use of the method, taught in private or group sessions
•         "Follow Up" sessions, unlimited individualized instruction customized to the needs of each couple, taught in private sessions

•         Love and Fertility Book/chart (all materials including online access to all information as well)

Those who would like to attend an NFP class should register through the OMFL, 316-685-5240

The funds for the program are to be collected through the Office of Marriage and Family Life and may be remitted through check or cash, ideally prior to the class

No one is ever turned away due to financial concerns

Classes for this method are also available in Spanish.

Professional Education: Family of the Americas Ovulation Method teachers are thoroughly trained and certified by Family of the Americas Foundation and meet the national standards of the Diocesan Development Program for Natural Family Planning.