“When I began charting my own cycles, the first thing I noticed was a change in my self-confidence. I feel extremely empowered, as I have greater knowledge about my fertility and sexuality.”
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, I have discussed options for family planning and contraception with women for the past ten years, but I never included counseling on FABMs. Recently, I began practicing NFP myself, and now that I understand my fertility and how to manage it, I feel more confident discussing these methods with my patients. It has been eye-opening to me to see that there are women out there who, like me, are interested in a natural and risk-free way of managing their fertility and family planning.
We originally had some anxiety about learning to use Creighton, but it was actually very easy to learn and we did not have any real difficulties during this learning process.
Before beginning the interview, I had the mindset that I would be talking to a woman and her partner who were using a method to avoid and/or achieve pregnancy. Coming out of the interview I was inspired, empowered, and even more interested in OB/GYN. I have been increasingly interested in learning about my own body and I truly believe that NFP might be something that will help me figure these issues out.
I learned to listen to my patients about the birth control method that they choose and to be open to all different methods.
One of the major challenges that we have experienced is the difficulty we have had in finding an OB/GYN who is trained in these methods.
I believe that many women would like to go “green” with their fertility so that they could monitor their fertility and gynecological health without the harmful effects of artificial hormones.
“I feel so much more in tune with my body and the changes that happen with it every month. I have a better understanding as to how my symptoms are related to my fertility.”
I had no idea these methods existed before , but now I believe that these methods should at least be presented as an option in addition to other forms of birth control.
I believe that women who desire a natural child birth that allows them to use self-knowledge and control and personal decision making in the labor and delivery process would also appreciate learning about a method of family planning that involves self-knowledge and control and decision making about their fertility.