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nfp"For just reasons, spouses may wish to space the births of their children. It is their duty to make certain that their desire is not motivated by selfishness but is in conformity with the generosity appropriate to responsible parenthood. Moreover, they should conform their behavior to the objective criteria of morality."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2368
What is Natural Family Planning?
Natural Family Planning (NFP) refers to various methods of family planning that work with a woman's natural fertility cycles, instead of using artificial means to manipulate or control them. Couples successfully use NFP to either postpone pregnancy or to achieve pregnancy.  

Does is really work?
Contrary to popular opinion - even among medical professionals - NFP is not the same thing as the "Rhythm Method" (sometimes called the Calendar Method) which tried to predict infertile times based on previous cycles.  The Rhythm Method is very inaccurate and unreliable. NFP, on the other hand, is based on proven scientific research and medical facts.  Couples can learn to recognize the signs of fertility and choose when to either engage in marital intimacy or to refrain from marital intimacy.  (For a more detailed explanation, click here.)

How can I learn to use NFP? 
Please contact our Marriage Ministry Coordinator, Joe Schmidt at 740-373-3643 or, or any of the NFP Instructors below.

En Español? 
Para obtener información acerca de la planificación natural de la familia, por favor póngase en contacto con Hermana Francisca Aguillón, RGS,  por medio de correo electronico ( o al telefóno (740-434-7709).

Special Events

For information on Natural Family Planning Classes and Events, visit our CALENDAR PAGE.
Our Annual Gathering of NFP Instructors and Promoters will take place on April 16, 2016 at Corpus Christi Church in Belle Valley. Contact Joe Schmidt ( or 740-373-3643) to register for the event.

For information and resources for Natural Family Planning Awareness Week (July 24-30, 2016) visit our PARISH RESOURCES PAGE.

Resources & Information


NFP Instructors

Please contact the following for information about classes in your area or distance classes, or questions about fertility awareness.
*See NFP Brochure for email addresses. 


Athens, Meigs, Gallia,
and Lawrence Counties
Bob and Sharon Colvin
Method: Sympto-Thermal (Couple to Couple League)
Contact: 740-593-5713  or Email* 
Eileen Sirois, CNM, CFCP/MC
Method: Creighton Model FertilityCare™
Contact: 910-545-8783  or Email*
Guernsey, Washington, Noble, Monroe, and Morgan Counties
Dan and Melissa Corcoran
Method: Sympto-Thermal (Northwestern Family Services)
Contact: 740-703-7294 or Email* 
Jefferson, Belmont, Harrison,
and Carroll Counties
Steve and Ann Craig
Method: Sympto-Thermal/Eco-Breastfeeding (NFPI)
Contact: (740) 457-9663 or Email*


Dr. Paul and Suzanne Macdonald
Method: Sympto-Thermal (Couple to Couple League)
Contact: 740-346-4082 or
Ronald and Beatriz McNamara
Method: Sympto-Thermal (Couple to Couple League)
Contact: Email*
Susan McInnis
Method: Billings Ovulation Method
Contact: 740-275-4299 or Email*
Mary Nelson, CFCP
Method: Creighton Model FertilityCare™
Contact: 740-944-1337
Stephanie L.S. Rivers, CFCP
Method: Creighton Model FertilityCare™
Contact: 740-317-5703 or Email*
Rhett and Tosha Young
Method: Sympto-Thermal (Couple to Couple League)
Contact: 740-284-5007 or Email*

nfp brochure

NFP Brochure

Our office has produced a helpful brochure about Natural Family Planning.  It gives a brief explanation about what it is, addresses a few common misconceptions and highlights resources for learning more, including the names of instructors in the diocese.  Click here to read the brochure.





What is NFP?

The Diocese of Phoenix NFP Office has produced an excellent (brief!) video about NFP.  It presents the Church's teaching in a very direct way.  It includes information and testimonials from medical professionals and real couples who practice NFP.





NFP Parish Contacts

A complete list of parishes and NFP instructors is available here: WORD or PDF




NFP Only Physicians Directory

CHANGE Family Medical Care - Pediatrics
200 Luray Dr.
Wintersville, OH 43953
(740) 314-8258 
To find other physicians who do not prescribe contraceptives click here.



Naked Without Shame

This is an introduction (a "crash course") to Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body by Christopher West, an internationally recognized author and speaker. Click here to listen online



Steubenville FertilityCare Center 

Mary Nelson, CFCP
1183 County Road 39
Bloomingdale, OH 43910



Resources from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life & Youth of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has manywonderful resources for Natural Family Planning: