A Physician Transformed through Knowledge of FABMs
by Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever, MD
January 10, 2018
Ten years into my career as a family physician I joined a medical practice that changed my life. During the interview, I learned that they taught interested women and couples the Creighton Model of FertilityCare as well as the Billings Ovulation method of family planning. Many of these women would travel over an hour to see the physicians who treated their gynecologic conditions very successfully through knowledge of their cycles. Although this was all new information to me, I was very open to gaining new tools for my medical toolkit, recognizing that every woman has different needs, and that artificial contraception is not for everyone.
As I began caring for people in this practice, I quickly realized I needed more training to be able to answer their questions and support them fully. So I attended an in-depth training to learn the Creighton Model of FertilityCare and the science of NaProTechnology. This education expanded my understanding of reproductive health and motivated me to learn about the other methods of natural family planning. Through this knowledge, my practice of medicine changed forever.
As a committed lifelong learner who values excellence, I am impressed by the solid science behind fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). These modern methods are versatile, effective, and free of side effects. As I have seen the positive impact of the various well-researched FABMs on individual women and couples, I recognize that they meet a tremendous need for many people who would otherwise have no acceptable or healthy options.
Our goal at FACTS is to ensure that our medical colleagues and the public recognize the many benefits of using FABMs while dispelling misinformation and myths that may limit their use. Information about FABMs should be taught to every medical student and resident as a foundational part of their training, which is one reason I’m excited to know that FACTS exists.
This is also why I am thrilled to begin the New Year by serving as Senior Writer and Editor for FACTS, for I know that FACTS is providing information that will continue to enhance medical education, empower women to care for their reproductive health, and encourage couples to understand and value their fertility.
As our readers and collaborators, I invite you to share your stories with us—your successes, joys, challenges, comments, and questions—so that, together, we may continue to educate others as to the tremendous positive impact FABMs can have. Share our blog posts with your classmates and colleagues, family and friends. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, join the conversation, and submit your own stories and articles for publication on this blog. We’d love to learn from your experiences!
I am honored to be a part of the FACTS team and look forward to continuing to learn together.
FACTS Senior Writer and Editor
Amaryllis married her best friend and is the happy mom of three terrific children. They enrich her life and keep her busy with what matters most—building a legacy of love through intentional parenting. Of the many hats she wears, she enjoys putting pen to paper more than almost anything. She has loved her vocation as a family physician and enjoys inspiring her colleagues to become courageous champions of change.
She is a passionate advocate for patient safety, a high standard of care, and empowering physicians and all healthcare professionals to speak up for patients. She writes and speaks at the national level in the areas of physician wellness, burnout prevention, and physician leadership.
In the coming weeks, look for posts where we’ll showcase each member of our team. Remember to send us your stories, and let us know how we can help meet your needs in 2018!