When my husband and I got married, I was in my mid 30s. Hoping to have a family, we decided to be open to life immediately. Our hopes were dashed 4 months later when we discovered we were pregnant only to miscarry the next day. After several months of trying again we realized we were going to need some help. We took a diocesan NFP course which taught the sympto-thermal method. Charting was difficult for me due to the irregularities of my cycle. At the end of the course, the instructor gave us a list of further resources to help us in our efforts to conceive. One of them, was the name of a doctor who practiced NAPROtechnology. Although he was based in Winston-Salem and we live in Durham, the drive seemed worth it. After describing to him some of my issues, he advised me to have surgery to remove my endometriosis. So in August 2012 I underwent surgery which successfully removed much of the endometriosis which had probably been plaguing me with severe PMS and cramps for most of my life. After surgery I was eagerly anticipating getting pregnant. Months went by and I grew more disappointed. My doctor had advised me to learn the Creighton method of NFP, but not liking to chart, I had avoided it. After three months I realized that was a mistake and took his advice and contacted Sandy. Learning to chart revealed several issues I was having as well as made it very clear when we should try to get pregnant. To our delight, five months later and the first cycle where we really had the opportunity to try, we had a positive pregnancy test! Our baby girl was born on January 3, 2014. We are so grateful to Sandy, the developers of the Creighton method and NAPROtechnology for making this possible!
Local Couple Conceives after Nine Years after visiting Pope Paul VI Institute
A local couple traveled to the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, after nine years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive a child, and got pregnant within seven months. The new baby, Sophia, was born on July 3.
After multiple obstetricians in the Raleigh area told Amy Saavedra that there was nothing wrong with her fer- tility, Dr. Thomas Hilgers at Pope Paul VI found multiple reasons that could be preventing conception, including the fact that her eggs were not maturing properly. “I was so excited to finally hear that there was actually something wrong with me,” Amy said.
It took a full year to get the appointment, and she had to chart her cycle using the Creighton method for the months leading up to the appointment. Obstetricians in Raleigh had taken her blood and found no issues, but Dr. Hilgers had her draw blood and send it off every other day for 30 days, in order to discover the problem. “I think what they do with the blood work is different,” said John Paul Saavedra, the proud new father. “They (local doctors) never did a test to see if the eggs were maturing,” he said.
Amy agreed, “The local doctors would see the estrogen and progesterone levels in the blood and would always find them to be normal. They would do the blood work on a certain day of your cycle, but Dr. Hilgers had us checking levels throughout the entire cycle instead of just on day 14 or day 21.”
Dr. Hilgers also found some endometriosis that had not been diagnosed before and did some minor sur- gery to remove it. He prescribed Clomid to help mature the eggs for all seven months until the pregnancy. Local doctors had prescribed a three-month regimen of Clomid before stopping it and trying to send her to an IVF Clinic. Dr. Hilgers also prescribed Mucinex to increase the cervical mucus.
The Saavedras are grateful to Suzanne Temple, the local NFP practitioner in Wake Forest who helped them learn the Creighton method. They said she is now referring others to them, since they are the first couple from this area who have actually gone to Omaha for treatment.
The advice they give is not to take this lightly. It is not easy to draw blood every other day for a month and ship it with dry ice at the post office in a specially provided kit, to wait a year for an appointment, and to take the time out of their lives to stay out there for two weeks for an extensive ultrasound series and surgery. But the end result was worth it.
They have nothing but good things to say about the Natural Reproductive Technology that is used at the Pope Paul VI Institute. “The regular OB doesn’t believe in doing things naturally,” Amy said. “They just want to refer you to a fertility clinic.”
When Amy finally got pregnant, they were afraid to hope that it was true. After she sent off her blood work and got the positive response, John Paul said, “Maybe they got somebody else’s blood.” After trying for so long, they were in disbelief. But it was true and now they have their beautiful daughter to prove it.
Words cannot express our gratitude to the Physicians and researchers who have developed the Creighton Model System (CrMS) & NaProTechnology. Our FertilityCare Practitioner actually predicted that we were at risk for our 1st miscarriage before it occurred through our CrMS chart. This surprised our OB since we had 3 previous healthy pregnancies. Following our second miscarriage we had a full NaProTechnology bloodwork-up performed and treatment to normalize my wife's hormonal defects and started Aspirin because of a discovered clotting risk. We have since had a healthy baby boy with no complications during the pregnancy! We would highly recommend the CrMS and NPT (if needed for OB/GYN care) for all women and couples.
We feel beyond blessed to have discovered the Creighton Model for Fertility Care! Before we used the Model, we experienced much confusion and disappointment as we were trying to conceive. Working with our consultant, Allison, and using the Model helped us to finally understand the root of my fertility struggles rather than simply slapping a Band-Aid on the symptoms. The Model seeks to understand and explain my health and fertility as something that is unique to me rather than fitting me into a generic system. In October 2012, we were blessed with our first child, Owen. . .and we are truly grateful for the sound research that makes the Creighton Model so effective in understanding women's health.
We came to NaPro and Fertility Care like I would imagine most couples do … we wanted to have children – but not quite yet – and we were looking for a natural, healthy, moral alternative to artificial birth control.
However, very quickly we came to appreciate another aspect of the program: it’s ability to discover health and fertility problems. After just a couple of meetings, our NaPro teacher found signs that my wife could have some serious health conditions that, if left untreated, could result in complications and infertility.
That sounds like terrible news, right? Well, it would have been, if there weren’t NaPro trained surgeons who were able to correct the issues long before we ever would have otherwise known about them.
NaPro Technology saved us years of unsuccessful struggling to have children and more serious health consequences. We feel so blessed that we got the information that we did, when we did, so we were able to take action and get back to our normal, healthy lives so quickly.