Natural Family Planning (NFP)
Included with the online Pre-Cana, Living Our Faith in Love
For some couples, having children is the last thing on their minds as they plan for their marriage. Other couples may be planning to start a family right away. Some might even look to artificial contraception methods to prevent or avoid pregnancy. When couples opt in for artificial methods, they often overlook the harmful impact that those methods can have on their relationship and especially the impact on their spirituality.
In any case, it is important to talk about parenthood at this stage. By learning one another’s expectations for having children, couples will grow in their understanding of each other as potential parents.
This segment explores the following:
We also understand that not all individuals are able to have children, and how devastating that can be. The procreative aspect of marriage also includes an openness to life — something often referred to as “spiritual fertility.” This means that there are other ways to allow the love that a husband and wife share together, to be fruitful in other methods: volunteering, adoption, edifying the community, serving the Church, for example.
Kyle is an engineer with over 25 years experience in the automotive industry.
Dr. Danielle Koestner is a Family Medicine OB physician who did full-scope family medicine with deliveries for 10 years in an underserved community. She works with the FEMM Health Medical Education Team, along with the Billings Ovulation Team.