May 1, 2019
Editor’s Note: The FACTS Advisory Council consists of a talented and diverse group of individuals whose guidance and support are crucial to the success of our organization. Being a member of our Advisory Council is a voluntary position and all their work with FACTS is a generous contribution of time and expertise. This year we are featuring one of our Council members each month to highlight their unique contributions to our mission. Our series continues with Dr. Joseph Stanford, a family physician, professor, and researcher who has contributed to our success since the beginning. His experience and comprehensive approach to research and collaboration within the field of fertility awareness bring a unique and valuable perspective to our work at FACTS.
Meet Joseph Stanford, MD
Dr. Joseph Stanford is a Board-certified family physician in Salt Lake City. He is professor and director of the Office of Cooperative Reproductive Health in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics. In clinical practice, he focuses on a restorative approach to fertility and subfertility with an emphasis on links between subfertility and general health in women, men, and children.
Dr. Stanford has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on five externally funded prospective cohort studies assessing fecundity, fertility, and birth outcomes in women or couples trying to conceive, as well as population-based studies of fertility and fertility treatment. As part of his research career in fertility awareness, he’s had the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with pioneering researchers, including Dr. Thomas Hilgers (USA), who developed NaProTechnology, Dr. Erik Odeblad (Sweden), who did groundbreaking work to understand the cervix and cervical fluid, Dr. Petra Frank-Herrmann (Germany), who helped developed the Sensiplan method, Dr. Richard Fehring (USA), who developed the Marquette Model, Drs. John and Evelyn Billings, Prof. Bernardo Colombo (Italy), and many others. He has also contributed to productive collaborations around fertility awareness with many experts in related fields like demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, reproductive endocrinology, and gynecology.
In His Own Words
When asked where he sees FACTS headed as an organization ready to impact women and couples as well as the culture of medicine, Dr. Stanford pointed to the far-reaching implications of our mission. He emphasized the need for “current and future understanding about fertility appreciation” and highlighted restorative approaches to reproductive health as “fundamental information that should be available to all women, men, and health professionals.”
He stressed the importance of educating the next generation of physicians and medical professionals and applauded the vision of FACTS to change the culture of medicine so fertility is recognized as normal and healthy.
“I greatly appreciate the vision of FACTS,” he added, “to reach out in medical education and other venues to work toward this vision.”
Unique Contributions to the Mission of FACTS
Dr. Stanford assisted with the development of our grading scheme used to evaluate cohort trials as part of the landmark study published by FACTS in 2013, “Fertility awareness-based methods of family planning: A review of effectiveness for avoiding pregnancy using SORT.” Additionally, he has provided valuable guidance with the design of other FACTS research studies and was instrumental in securing financial support from the International Institute for Restorative and Reproductive Medicine for our study of fertility awareness apps.
Dr. Stanford is pictured at right reviewing recent media coverage of fertility awareness research with Ob/Gyn, Dr. Hanna Klaus, founder of TeenSTAR. Below left he is pictured with FACTS co-founder, Dr. Marguerite Duane.
Dr. Marguerite Duane, executive director and co-founder of FACTS, calls Dr. Stanford “more than a mentor. He has always been a role model in terms of making fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) a key focus for my work.” She admires his thorough approach to research in FABMs and his ability to “look at it from all angles.” She also praises his ability to “bridge the gaps and work cooperatively” with people who come to FABMs from a variety of backgrounds. “He works well among all the different methods and collaborates effectively,” building a bridge of connection in the diverse field of fertility awareness.
At FACTS, we see our organization as a place of connection as we strive to educate medical professionals about all the different FABMs so women and couples are informed and empowered to choose what works best for them. Visionaries like Dr. Stanford are instrumental in this regard, and we are grateful to have him as an integral part of FACTS and our Advisory Council.
More About Dr. Stanford
Dr. Joseph Stanford received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed residency training in family medicine and a master’s degree in public health at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a certified FertilityCare Medical Consultant through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP), a past president of the AAFCP, and a board member of the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine (IIRRM). He is also a leading global advocate for cooperative and restorative healthcare.
Interested in further expanding your knowledge of Fertility Awareness?
Check out these Educational Opportunities!
Mark your calendars! Two of our FACTS conference sponsors, Cycle Power Summit and BOMA-USA,
will offer online opportunities for medical professionals and others to learn more about fertility awareness!
Cycle Power Summit will host an online conference May 2-5, 2019 to empower women to manage their health and fertility. Enjoy more than 30 sessions with educators, researchers, leaders, thinkers, and medical professionals, including our very own FACTS experts, Marguerite Duane, MD and Alison Contreras, PhD. Earn CME and CNE credit hours.
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Fertility Awareness Based
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Thursday, May 9
12:00 PM EST
FACTS Fall Conference!
In response to the growing interest in FABMs,
the FACTS team planned three one-day conferences in 2019.
Join us in Dallas this fall
to learn about timely issues in women’s reproductive health!