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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Natural Family Planning?

Natural Family Planning is the practice of observing and charting fertility signs to determine accurately when a woman is fertile and when she is infertile. When you want to achieve pregnancy, NFP helps you identify the most fertile time. When you want to avoid pregnancy, you abstain from genital contact during the fertile time.

What are the different methods of Natural Family Planning?

  • Billings Ovulation Method
  • Couple to Couple League Sympto-Thermal Method
  • Creighton Model FertilityCare TM System
  • Marquette Model Natural Family Planning

How long does Natural Family Planning take?

Depending on the method or instructor, it can take one to three months to complete the course.

How can I register for Natural Family Planning Courses?

  • ONSITE Instructor Approved NFP Classes (Preset Dates & Times)
    You must contact the instructor and register with the instructor directly before attending an NFP course. Payment is not always required before the first class, so please make sure and check with your instructor. If less than 4 sessions are listed for a particular NFP course, the rest of the sessions will be personally scheduled between you and your instructor. Instructor information can be found on the course schedule. Has preset dates and times, and the price varies depending on the method and instructor. (Time Frame: 1 to 3 months.)
  • Diocesan ONLINE NFP Classes (Waiting List)
    You are working directly with the Diocese, and all payment is made directly to the Diocese. The online course is the same format as the onsite course but is live online. To take the online course, you will need to have a computer with a webcam (no cell phone or tablet). After registration, your instructor will contact you and send you an invitation for your first session. Has a waiting list of variable length and has a set price found on the registration page. (Time Frame: 1 to 3 months.)
  • ONLINE Instructor Approved NFP Classes (Preset Dates & Times)
    You are working directly with the instructor; all scheduling, rescheduling, cancelation, and payment are done directly to the instructor. The online course is the same format as the onsite course but is live online. Instructor information can be found on the course schedule. Has preset dates and times, and the price varies depending on the method and instructor. Instructor information can be found on the course schedule. Has preset dates and times, and the price varies depending on the method and instructor. (Time Frame: 1 to 3 months.)
  • Methods and Instructors
    You can contact the instructor directly to work with them and schedule one-on-one classes with your specific dates and times. Prices vary depending on the method and instructor. (Time Frame: 1 to 3 months.)

When can I register for Natural Family Planning?

As soon as possible, the more time, the better. Ideally, we want you to start NFP 6 months before your wedding date. Please give yourself enough time to complete Natural Family Planning at least two months before your wedding date.

Do I have to complete Pre-Cana or Fully Engage first?

No, you can do both simultaneously if you plan accordingly and they don’t coincide.

Do we both have to be present during the course? Can we connect from different locations?

  • Yes, it’s marriage preparation for you both.
  • Yes, if you do Online classes, you can connect from different locations.

How long are the classes?

It depends on the method/instructor. It can go from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

What happens if these classes do not work with my schedule?

We have a few instructors who teach classes by appointment. Please use the following link for registration: FORM LINK

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 817-945-9361 or Brenda Reyes- NFP Coordinator.

 


Contacts:

Brenda Reyes de Lara
Natural Family Planning Coordinator
817-945-9361

Chris Vaughan
Director of Marriage & Family Life
817-945-9351

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