NFP- Natural Fertility Planning

Now both of them were naked the man and his wife, but they felt no shame before each other’ Gen 2;25

Thanks to the many fertility apps available, contemporary families have countless choices. The fertility awareness scheme on offer, is an opportunity for couples to understand further the physiology of their bodies, in the joy of the total gift of self, in marriage. The scientifically proven methods proposed to couples to plan their families are being used successfully by many families and being increasingly sought after, for health reasons amongst others. The initiative proposed here simply adds to the many choices already available which allows families to make informed decisions. 

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Past Events

March 2019 - Natural Fertility Planning Teacher Training - Portsmouth Diocese
Our second NFP teacher training was much more upbeat as all of the students felt much more confident in the reading of the many charts  in our new class venue - Holy Family Church, Southampton. Learning included: the increasing use of fertility apps; premenstrual tension and it’s effects;  and the problems of infertility - all fascinating. 
We remain sincerely thankful to the NFPTA’s team Dr Olive Duddy, Christine Bergess, Carolyn Kerr and our own Diocesan instructor Nicola Carter. 
Father James Bradley and some members of his parish, warmly welcomed us all - for this too we give thanks. 


November 18th 2018 - Exploring Natural Fertility’- St Marys Gosport 
The NFP Teacher Training has been advertised for several months and in all the parishes in our diocese. Our teachers (Dr Olive Duddy & Christine Bergess) from the NFP Association, were delighted to welcome seven of the dozen students interested in becoming Natural Fertility Planning Teachers. We began the first of our 6 session programme last Saturday 19th January in St Michael & All Angels, Leigh Park. The seven who began the face to face course had a brilliant time learning and sharing stories, with our already trained diocesan NFP teacher (Immaculate Conception - Liphook). Four further students are undertaking the course online. Students on the Course are from English Martyrs (Reading), St Edmund's, St Boniface, Holy Family -Southampton. The group began the day with a prayer, seeking the intercession of our Lady of Guadalupe. Together with their Teachers, they were all anointed  in the main Chapel by Monsignor Jeremy Garratt for their up and coming ministry.



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Period Piece is the brainchild of modern historian Alana Harris who is based at King’s College London. Harris wanted to explore the natural rhythms of women’s bodies and how people try to control them by working with them or using technology to manipulate them. She is particularly struck that the efforts of previous generations to control women’s reproduction – whether through basic technology such as condoms or a more complex, chemical methods such as the pill – are being increasingly rejected by young people, who are turning to fertility apps, which monitor temperature changes in the body caused by ovulation. “The pill was once seen as liberation for women,” said Harris, “but my students are turning their back on it, concerned about its impact on their physical and mental health. It’s part of a new focus on clean eating and living.”



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