Availability: Classes at various parishes, see listing.
Fees: Varies. Call instructor for information.
What is NFP?
NFP is a healthy, natural approach to family planning.
It does not involve chemicals or devices. NFP is not a contraceptive as it does nothing to suppress or block conception. The basics of all natural methods relies on the proven science that there are days of a cycle that are considered infertile and days that are fertile. Once learned it can be used to achieve or postpone a pregnancy. Couples learn to understand, respect and appreciate their combined fertility. With proper instruction and following the few simple rules the methods are 98-99% effective.
Today’s NFP is not the old ‘Rhythm Method’ of the past.
Two Basic Methods of Natural Family Planning:
The Sympto-Thermal Method (ST)
While using the Sympto-thermal Method a couple learns to chart the woman’s basal body temperature each morning, and to chart the changes in her cervical mucus pattern throughout the cycle to determine which days are considered fertile or infertile. Following the rules the rules of the method they are able to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy. The effectiveness rate of the ST Method is 98-99% when followed correctly.
The Ovulation Method (OM)
A couple practicing the Ovulation Method of NFP charts the woman’s cervical mucus pattern throughout the cycle to determine her days of fertility or infertility and follow the rules to either achieve or postpone a pregnancy.
Abstinence is an important part of the success of a natural method. There will always be days of abstinence due to travel, illness, or other situations within a family. Abstinence from sexual intercourse need not be abstinence from loving each other. Abstinence can bring about better communication and a feeling of shared responsibility.
Classes, Events, and 2018 NFP Directory
Learning NFP is not a big time commitment, with 3-5 classes offered in-person or online spread over 3-4 months. While some couples begin classes before their wedding, you can learn NFP after you are married too.
|Day/Time||Date||Location||Class & Method||Contact||Registration||Cost|
|6/20/18||St. Ambrose Parish||3 Part NFP Class- OM||Kim & Mike Nemet||330.220.0720||$95|
|Wednesdays (and 1 Thursday)||
|Holy Family Parish (Stow)||4 Part NFP Class- ST||Leo & Toni Doty||(330)689-0632||$95|
|8/15/18||Canton Mercy Medical Center||4 part NFP Class- ST||Tom & Chiquita Seesan||Online link here
|7/19/18||Online||Premenopause Class (1)||Greg & Susan Radzialowski||330.659.7240||$75|
|7/21/18||St. Clement Parish (Lakewood)||3 Part NFP Class- ST||Bill & Jessica Davidson||216.347.1041||$135|
|7/24/18||St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Massillon)||3 Part NFP Class- ST||John & Juliann Roberts||330-791-3314||$135|
|Sunday 11:15am-12:45pm||8/5/18||Holy Angels Parish||Renewing the Covenant||Coleen & TJ Manion||(440) 552-3187||Free|
|8/9/18||Online||Postpartum Class (1)||Greg & Susan Radzialowski||330.659.7240||$75|
|8/13/18||University Hospitals (Westlake)||3 Part NFP Class- ST||Tim & Mary Ellen Jakubisin||440.779.5793||$135|
|Thursdays & Tuesday
|9/20/18||Assumption Parish (Broadview Heights)||3 Part NFP Class- ST||Greg & Susan Radzialowski||330.659.7240||$135|
|9/23/18||Holy Rosary Parish (Cleveland)||3 Part NFP Class- ST||Fred & Margaret Karboski||216.321.4596||$135|
|9/30/18||Canton Mercy Medical Center||4 part NFP Class- ST||Tom & Chiquita Seesan||Online link here
|11/5/18||Online||3 Part NFP Class- ST||Tim & Mary Ellen Jakubisin||440.779.5793||$135|
|As-Needed Basis||Euclid||3 Part NFP Class- OM||Nick & Ann Marie Raddell||440.688.1207||$95|
|As-Needed Basis||Strongsville||3 Classes- ST||Joe & Suzanne Ferlin||440-877-1292||$95|
|As-Needed Basis||Solon||3 Classes- ST||Ron & Barb Moner||216.702.3518||$95|
|The 2018 NFP Directory of instructors in our Diocese is available here! If you can’t find a class near you, call one of our instructors to schedule a class series.|
Although listed throughout our Directory above, please follow this link to the Couple to Couple League for additional NFP information and class schedules.
Mercy Medical Center, Canton, Ohio is a Ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, offers natural family planning classes for a $40 fee with Tom and Chiquita Seesan. For the current schedule or to register online click here. For questions or to register by phone call 330.489.1329 or 1.800.223.8662