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. Sale Cost $2.50




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. 

Contact information for a class in the Ovulation Method:  Maria Ansett RN at 517-523-3526 or Christine Backlund 517-342-2587.

Sympto-Thermal method

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

Creighton Model

The Creighton Model Fertility Care System of Natural Family Planning is now available in the Diocese of Lansing. This model can be utilized by all women, married or single, who are interested in taking control of and understanding their own reproductive and gynecological health. It is safe, effective and works cooperatively with a women's cycle to identify and treat a wide variety of issues including: infertility and/or repetitive miscarriages; premenstrual syndrome; polycycstic ovarian disease; menstrual cramps; abnormal bleeding, postpartum depression; and premenopaus symptoms.

Creighton Model NaPro Technology Rita Johnson (517) 775-7229 

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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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