Any of the different NFP methods (Billings, Couple to Couple League, Creighton, Marquette Model or SymptoPro) will fullfill your pre-marriage NFP requirement.
Creighton Model FertilityCare Services
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) is based on a woman’s observation and tracking of biological markers that are present when she is fertile. These markers undergo a progressive change throughout the cycle and are easy to learn, observe and interpret. This is a mucus only method with no internal examinations, calendars or test strips involved. CrMS and FertilityCare work with nature, offering:
Additionally, couples that learn the method will be assisted in growing in respect and appreciation for one another and their future family.
What can you expect at the class?
The first step is to attend a FREE Introductory Session which provides information on the method. Anyone wishing to learn CrMS will receive supplies to begin charting the next day and an appointment for a follow up session. The routine follow up sessions are private sessions with a practitioner, where the true learning of the method takes place. They are one on one with the woman/couple and tailor made to individual needs and style of learning. Additionally, on-going support and encouragement are given by the practitioner throughout the woman’s reproductive years.
Cost of Class
The Introductory Session is free.
If the woman/couple chooses to learn CrMS, there is a $35 charge for supplies given at the end of the intro session, which includes a chart, stamps and user manual. (Additional charting supplies are available for a modest fee.)
Each follow up is $35 with a standard of 8 follow-ups in the first 12 months (subject to change as needed on an individual basis).*
A form is available for submitting costs to insurance.
*Note—Engaged couples need to attend 5 follow-ups in order to meet a pre-marriage requirement.
To register for an introductory session please click here to see a list of the upcoming dates or to contact a practitioner to ask more questions.
All Diocese of Bismarck Creighton instructors work within an organized FertilityCare Center, the FertilityCare Center of Bismarck, with all calls and emails being taken centrally (somewhat like a medical office) and then dispersed to the instructors listed below. To contact the Center with questions or register for a class, please call 701-223-1033 ext. 265 or email email@example.com.
FCPI – FertilityCare Practitioner Intern; FCP – FertilityCare Practitioner; CFCP – Certified FertilityCare Practitioner.
Christina Becker - FCPI (Bismarck)
I have always wanted to be a practitioner for the Creighton FertilityCare Method ever since my husband and I chose this method during our marriage preparation process. I absolutely fell in love with how this method strengthened our relationship as a couple and how it allowed me to see the beauty of my own body. The standardization of the Creighton method gave us great confidence in our ability to plan our family and we added one little boy in September of 2015.
My hope is to share this beauty of using a natural method of family planning with couples and to help them gain the confidence and security in planning their family life together!
Christie Collins - FCPI (Bismarck)
When you find a good thing, you just have to share it! Early on, I trusted the heart of the Church and reasoned that a natural means of regulating my fertility was the way to go. My fertility is not a disease that needs to be medicated or barricaded against! And yet, I want to use the ethical sciences available to me to avoid or achieve pregnancies as my husband and I discern the will of God in our lives. Our four planned pregnancies have been a beautiful testament to how great God’s plan for our lives really is. I want to help make this scientific approach to family planning available to other couples because in addition to being effective for fertility awareness and helpful for diagnosing and addressing infertility, it also fosters communication and helps couples to build lasting marriages. Join us!
Ashley Frank - CFCP (Bismarck)
I became quite passionate about women’s fertility care while my husband and I were learning the Creighton Model System after we were engaged. Once we were married, our practitioner approached me and asked if I was interested in training as a FertilityCare Practitioner. After some discernment, I concluded that I had a calling to this profession.
The Creighton Model System teaches women how to monitor, maintain, and evaluate their own gynecological health. The system can help women understand how to identify and address such conditions as infertility, miscarriage, maintaining pregnancy, irregular cycles, hormone problems, PMS, ovarian cysts, unusual bleeding, and the effects of stress. The system can be used by women in any situation, including regular or irregular cycles, anovulatory states, breastfeeding, and pre-menopause. It can be used for a woman’s entire procreative life!
The follow-up sessions between my practitioner, my husband, and I have been essential in tailoring the system to fit our needs. It is a system that has a truly Catholic view of human sexuality and respect for the whole person woven within its very structure. The Creighton Model System allows us to consciously cooperate in the achievement or avoidance of a pregnancy. It is a truly natural method of family planning.
Britni Gapp – FCPI (Bismarck)
Teaching the Creighton Model System has been a desire of mine since I started pharmacy school four years ago. It was a way in which I could incorporate my pharmacy background with my Catholic faith. During my last year of pharmacy school, I was on rotation in Bismarck when the opportunity presented itself to attend training for Creighton. It was so beautiful to see how evident the Lord’s hand was in placing me exactly where I was supposed to be at exactly the right time.
My husband and I both graduate from NDSU in May and then we will then move to Bismarck. We are so excited for this new opportunity and to be able to share the gift of Natural Family Planning with others.
Jana Heen - FCP (Bismarck)
I began teaching because two priests in our diocese told me about the need for teachers and asked me if I would consider going to training. My husband and I prayerfully considered it and I said yes! Now, years later I have look back and truly can say it has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. Learning about and teaching one of the best kept secrets of women’s health and fertility has been a joy. The light bulb that goes on in woman and couples as they learn the system is so awesome to watch. The excitement of sharing the joy that comes over them, even when it gets tough at times, is so neat to see. It’s very rewarding to share in the process of discovering underlying causes for infertility or other reproductive health issues and truly feeling like we are helping women and marriage through these difficult times. For my husband and me, we love the 5 children we have been blessed with in our marriage and all that using a natural means of family planning has taught us through the years: respect for one another, communication, self-control, knowledge of my body, deeper trust in one another and faith in God.
Amanda Jensen – FCPI (Bismarck)
My husband Eric and I were able to start using the Creighton Method System shortly after we got married over 8 years ago. We love it and have successfully used it since and, as a result, God has given us three beautiful children. The program has made our marriage stronger, and it is because our communication with each other, and faith in each other and God, is more solid. I am blessed to now be able to teach this natural family planning method to other women and couples.
I chose to become a Creighton Model System (CrMS) practitioner because, many years ago, when my husband and I learned it for ourselves, I really felt strongly that it was an exciting opportunity for every girl and woman to learn about their bodies and fertility. It is for adolescents, single women and married women. It can be used to achieve or avoid pregnancy and help with infertility. It also can be used while breastfeeding and postpartum. The Creighton Model System allows women to make natural procreative choices and monitor, maintain and evaluate their procreative and gynecologic health, giving them the ability to use the system to identify possible health concerns and natural technology (NaPro Technology) to improve health situations. It can help with things such as PMS, PCOS, abnormal bleeding and other issues. The Creighton Model System also encourages the use of spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative/communicative and emotional/psychological means to show love.
I want to share all of this information with women and couples, as I am passionate that every woman, at every stage of their reproductive lives, learns how their bodies work. All of the above reasons and many more, are why I cannot wait to teach the Creighton Model System!
Mary Klier - FCPI (Minot)
I live in Minot, ND with my husband of 9 ½ years. For 10 years, we have been practicing NFP through the Creighton Model System, having started during our marriage prep. We knew God was calling my husband back to school, so we chose to avoid pregnancy until he graduated. We were able to do that with the Creighton Model System. After 8 years, we decided it was now God’s will for us to make our duet a trio. With two months of using our method to achieve, we were expecting our wonderful baby boy. Adrian Michael is 16 months old and the most wonderful joy of mine and daddy’s life. I am a stay-at-home mom, licensed barber, seamstress-in-training, and Creighton Model intern. I’m looking forward to meeting you.
Deb Martinek - FCP (Bismarck)
I chose to be trained in the Creighton Model due to my own experience of learning this method as an engaged woman. It was clear early on that there were several reproductive issues present, which, with the help of NaProTechnology (the medical--and sometimes surgical--component of the Creighton Model), my husband and I were able to address and improve my overall well-being and health. In addition, after experiencing several years of infertility, we were recently blessed with a pregnancy!
What I love about NFP and fertility appreciation is just that--fertility appreciation between myself and my husband. It has fostered much communication and tenderness between the two of us that I cannot ever imagine not practicing it! We both have a better understanding of the ebbs and flows of a natural cycle, and I am able to live a healthy lifestyle with no contraceptive interference of how my body was designed to work.
What I love about teaching women/couples is that at some point (usually within the first month), a light goes off for them and they are able to grasp the capability of their combined fertility--the potential and beauty that can manifest itself in a new human being! That knowledge is powerful and can truly bring a couple more intimately together.
Linnea Meyer – FCPI (Bismarck)
I have always had a desire to know more about women’s health and to gain a better understanding of the Church’s teachings. That desire lead me into changing my major to grasp an understanding of the cultural views on women and their fertility. My love for the Church and Her teachings and my interests in women’s health fostered a passion for teaching Natural Family Planning.
I became interested in the Creighton Model FertilityCare because it is observing what the female body does naturally, and I love that! The human body is capable of so many things and they are here to serve us. I am so happy to be able to bring a better understanding of the body to the Bismarck Diocese.
Tara Rohrich - FCP (Bismarck)
I began teaching simply because Msg. Tom Richter asked me. Darin and I discerned if this was a commitment our family could make and it has been a rewarding journey ever since. My favorite thing about teaching is being able to help people see the beauty that God has created within them and how working cooperatively with their body can gain them more than just physical health, but relationship and spiritual health as well.