This week we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. Jessica Roberts, a 4th year medical student reviews research published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing in 2017 titled, “Effectiveness of an Online Natural Family Planning Program for Breastfeeding Women.” The study highlights the versatility of a fertility awareness-based method (FABM), the Marquette Model, for breastfeeding women who wish to prevent or delay pregnancy during the postpartum period.
The FACTS speaker program has been an effective way to educate medical professionals about the science behind fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) of family planning. This year, we have enjoyed featuring a FACTS-trained speaker every month. Our series continues with Sara Shaffer, a certified nurse midwife and lactation consultant who also teaches the Marquette Model. Her passion for women’s health and knowledge of the science supporting fertility awareness-based methods are valuable assets in her role as a FACTS speaker.
This post features an interview with a patient who has used several fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for family planning and health monitoring. As with many women who choose to use FABMs, this patient has taken advantage of the strengths of different methods to meet her changing needs over time. Dr. Jackeline Chaparro Lorenzo conducted this interview as a medical student during a two-week online FACTS elective titled “Fertility Awareness and Family Planning.”
This post is reviews research published in 2014 in Fertility and Sterility titled, “Racial differences in fertility knowledge and awareness amongst reproductive age women in the U.S.” Dr. Danielle Wilkin wrote it during a two-week online elective through Georgetown University School of Medicine. The research points to the need for continued widespread education about reproductive health.
This interview with a patient exemplifies how these communications bring home to medical professionals the facts about fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), opening their eyes to the science and benefits, and leaving them thirsty for more. Natalie Santa-Pinter conducted the interview as a third-year medical student. Read more.
Meet Kayla Iuliano, the newest FACTS Team Member! Kayla has joined the FACTS team as Conferences and Events Coordinator. An epidemiologist by trade, Kayla appreciates the scientific foundations behind fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), and also believes learning about fertility awareness and using FABMs can be an empowering experience for all women. Welcome to the team, Kayla – we are lucky to have you!