Frequently Asked Questions
As a local client, what is the first step?
You need to first attend an Introductory Session. These sessions are scheduled (as requested) throughout the year and are open to any interested woman and/or couple. You will be presented with a general overview of the Creighton Model System and then can decide if you would like to proceed with learning the system privately. Please call or email the center to find out when the next Introductory Session will be offered. All Introductory Sessions are free of charge.
As a long distance client, what is the first step?
You will first need to set up a phone appointment with our practitioner for about 4 weeks out. This will give you time to order the Long Distance Packet from Pope Paul VI Institute, read through the material, and start your chart. We need at least 2 weeks of charting to complete our first appointment. The Institute requires that the first appointment be scheduled before they send out materials. The Long Distance Packet includes: the Introductory Session (in written form), the manual, a picture dictionary, charts & stamps, and various forms.
How much does the program cost?
For local clients, the fee for the program is $235. This fee covers: all Follow-Up appointments (a minimum of 8 over the first year), chart reviews in-between appointments, the manual, charts & stamps as needed in the first year, any referral letters to a medical consultant, and various forms needed throughout your first year.
For long distance clients, the program fee is $195 payable to St. Gianna FertilityCare Center (plus $80 for the Long Distance Packet payable to Pope Paul VI Institute). This fee covers: all Follow-Up appointments (a minimum of 8 over the first year), chart reviews in-between appointments, extra charts or stamps as needed in the first year, and any referral letters to a medical consultant. The Long Distance Packet includes: the Introductory Session (in written form), the manual, a picture dictionary, charts & stamps, and various forms needed throughout your first year.
How often do we meet for Follow-Up appointments?
All Follow-Up appointments are taught privately with the woman or couple. They start after the first 2 weeks of charting and are spaced throughout the first year so that you will gain confidence quickly. There are usually 8 Follow-Up appointments in the first year of use. Sometimes a more complicated chart will require more than 8 appointments. The practitioner is always available in-between appointments for chart reviews and/or questions.
How long do Follow-Up appointments last?
Follow-Up appointments usually last about 1 hour.
How many cycles do I have to chart before I can get a medical evaluation?
You need to have at least 2 cycles or 3 months charted to get a medical evaluation from a Creighton Model Medical Consultant.
Do you have scholarships available?
We are trying to start a scholarship fund for women and/or couples who may not be able to afford the fee. Individuals may choose to donate money to our “scholarship fund” by clicking in the Client Area at the top right and choosing "Donate." Scholarships will be dispersed on a sliding scale as needs arise. Individuals may also choose to “sponsor a friend” and designate funds for a specific woman or couple. The gift of NFP will last a lifetime!
Sometimes churches have money set aside for NFP training. Please contact your own parish office for more information about this option.
Do I need to start charting at the beginning of a cycle?
No. You may start your chart wherever you may be in your cycle. Simply move down to the next line at the beginning of your next menses.
Can I still learn the method if I am currently on birth control?
Hormonal birth control gives you a false picture of your cycle. You will need to stop using birth control to get a true picture of your fertility on the chart. For couples coming off birth control, we recommend that you wait at least 6 months before trying to achieve a pregnancy.
I am currently pregnant, can I still learn the method?
YES! Pregnancy is a great time to take the Introductory Session and read through the manual. It is best to start charting after the post-partum bleeding has ceased.
I am currently breastfeeding, can I still learn the method?
YES! The Creighton Model System is very useful during breastfeeding and can help a couple navigate the return of their fertility. 1/3 of women will ovulate before the beginning of their first menses after the birth of a child so it is important to chart during this time.