Natural Family Planning

Endorsed According to the Bishops' Standards for Natural Family Planning Ministry by the Diocesan Development Program Under the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

"There is an unbreakable connection between the unitive meaning and the procreative meaning (of the conjugal act), and both are inherent in the conjugal act.  This connection was established by God and man is not permitted to break it through his own volition."

Humanae Vitae #12
Pope Paul VI

Christine Backlund
Telephone: 517-342-2587


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 Introduction to Natural Family Planning DVD

Developed by the Diocese of Lansing with a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Foundation, this great, short (30 minute) introduction  includes: medical support, and testimonies from NFP users. This Introduction DVD is full of information for engaged couples who want to learn more information on Natural Family Planning.  This DVD is available both in English and Spanish. 

Contact: NFP Office at The Diocese of Lansing, 228 N. Walnut St, Lansing MI 48933.  Email:   or call (517) 342-2587 for more information.  Cost $3.00




What does the Church teach about natural family planning?

The teachings of the Catholic Church and especially Humanae Vitae are at the heart of natural family plannning. The United State Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) requests that all dioceses in the U.S. establish natural family planning programs to educate the faithful in the purpose and practice of natural family planning. In Sept. 2001, the diocesan natural family planning program was established based on the 1990 guidelines set forth by the USCCB.

The natural family planning program is constantly evolving, adding new educational opportunitites and expanding course availability to all regions of the diocese. It is dedicated to helping all members of the diocese learn about the beautiful gift of fertility. It is a resource for all the faithful to increase in understanding of natural family planning and the Church's teachings regarding it.

The Ovulation Method

The Diocese of Lansing offers two different Ovulation Methods:  The Billings Ovulation Method and Family of Americas Ovulation Method.  Both the Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) and the Family of Americas Ovulation Method (FAF) are methods in which women monitor their fertility by identifying when they are fertile and when they infertile during each menstrual cycle.  Users pay attention to the sensations and the appearance of any vaginal discharge that is seen or felt at their vulva.  This method teaches women to be aware of the unique properties of a natural secretion produced periodically throughout her reproductive years.  Not only does the presence of this secretion signal fertility, it is also essential for conception.  This information can be used to achieve or avoid pregnancy during regular or irregular cycles througout the stages of reproductive life, including breastfeeding and pre-menopause.  All Natural Family Methods are 99% effective in postponing pregnancy. 

Billings Ovulation Method Brochure

Billings Ovulation Method

Contact information for a class in the Ovulation Method:  Maria Ansett RN at 517-523-3526 or

Christine Backlund 517-342-2587 at NFP Office

Sympto-Thermal method

The Sympto-Thermal Method taught by CCL is based on three key signs of fertility: cervical mucus, basal body temperature and changes in the cervix. By observing and recording these signs you and your spouse will be able to identify Phase I, II and III and therefore know if you’re in a time of fertility or infertility.

These signs are easily noticed by any woman who has learned to watch for them. It takes only a minute or two each day to record. Once the fertile and infertile days have been identified, couples apply “rules” that they learn in class. 

Couple to Couple League Class Information: For future classes on the Sympto-Thermal Method in the mid-Michigan Area, please click here.

Couple to Couple Brochure 

Creighton Model:

Creighton Model FertilityCare® System of Natural Family Planning:

If you are experiencing:

  • Infertility and/or repetitive miscarriages
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease)
  • Menstrual Cramps (including teens)
  • Abnormal Bleeding
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Pre-menopause Symptoms

…then we want to share the latest women’s health science, the Creighton Model FertilityCare®System with you!

The Creighton Model FertilityCare®System of Natural Family Planning (distinct from the Sympto-Thermal method) not only provides a method that helps women and married couples value, respect and understand their fertility, but also identifies, treats, and heals underlying causes of reproductive and gynecological abnormalities.  To learn more about this exciting new women's health science, please contact: me Rita Johnson (517) 775-7229, or email me at:  Thank You! God Bless!

Creighton Model NaPro Technology Instructor (Lansing Area) Rita Johnson 

NaPro Technology of Creighton Model Method Brochure

Catholic Information Series 2016 Classes - Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Counties

Basic Catholic Teaching 2016 Classes  - Livingston County Classes 

The Introduction to Natual Family Planning is the last date in both the catholic information series and the basic catholic teaching classes. 

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Pope John Paul II
"We are convinced of the fact that the awareness of the meaning of the body - in particular, of its 'nuptial' meaning - is the fundamental element of human existence in the world."
Theology of the Body
Pope John Paul II

"Man can only fully find himself by making a sincere gift of himself."
Gaudium et Spes, N.o. 22

"Catholic married love always implies the possibility of new life and because it does, it drives out loneliness and affirms the future and because it affirms the future, it becomes a furnace of hope in a world prone to despair."
Of Human Life
Archbishop Chaput

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