Archive for the ‘NFP’ Category

Natural Family Planning Classes: Packed in the 70s; low today. What happened?

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

John and I taught natural family planning to over 100 couples a month when we first moved to Cincinnati in the early 70s.  How was this accomplished?  We taught Class #1 each week for one month, but in four different parishes.   Next month we would go back to the same parishes (teaching again once a week each week) but this time we taught the #2 Class.  Next month we were back to the same classes and teaching the #3 Class, etc.  We had 50, 60, 70 or more persons attending those classes.

Today we are happy when we have 2 or 5 couples to teach at the classes.  We teach more engaged couples through our Home Study Course.

What are the differences between then and now?

In the early 1970s, this is what we experienced.

  • The couples were married.
  • The couples were not required to be there.
  • The couples wanted to learn NFP. They had been properly catechized and followed Church teaching.
  • Because the couples were married, they were encouraged to bring their babies to class.
  • A simple church bulletin announcement produced the registrations for the classes.

Today, almost all the student couples are engaged and are required to be at an NFP class or take the course online as part of their marriage preparation.  A simple church bulletin announcement today typically produces no tangible results.  You need to have a priest or deacon recommend your classes.  If a bishop, priest or deacon does not recommend your classes, then the NFP teacher may have no one to teach.  Also, some or many of these couples do not follow Church teaching regarding chastity.  Thus, we are very happy when couples comment on how much they learned taking our course, especially when they indicate an improvement in their spiritual lives.

Personal history:  I was 7 months pregnant when we moved to Cincinnati and soon had our 4th baby.  We did not leave our babies at home to teach the classes.  We simply took our 4th and later our 5th baby to the NFP classes for their first 2 years.  If the baby needed to nurse, John kept teaching while I took a nursing break.  We had little promotion for our classes which were well attended.  We taught once a week as mentioned above.

In the 70s, on a weekend, we taught natural family planning to 100 couples at a retreat center near our city.  Could we do that today?   It would be almost a miracle if that happened today.

What we taught in those days is what we teach today:  the theology of the marriage covenant, the various options of the sympto-thermal method, and ecological breastfeeding.  Our teaching has not changed…just the Church and social environments.

Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning and Breastfeeding

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

It is unfortunate that when natural family planning is discussed that almost  no one speaks on behalf of the positive alternative of Ecological Breastfeeding.  Maybe some will mention other forms of natural birth spacing, but it is rare if there is a mention of Ecological Breastfeeding.  There is ample research to demonstrate that the pattern of frequent breastfeeding that we term Ecological Breastfeeding postpones the return of fertility.  In some pre-bottlefeeding cultures, breastfeeding produces birth intervals of three to four years with no forms of contraception.  Our research in American culture shows an average return of menstruation between 14 and 15 months for those mothers following the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.  Those Seven Standards are maternal behaviors associated with an extended time of breastfeeding amenorrhea.

My wife has written extensively on this,  but she (and research of others as well) is ignored by the current NFP establishment as well as the anti-abortion establishment.

It has become typical for television coverage of hurricanes in the Caribbean islands to show a young mother complaining that no one is giving her any food for her very young baby when she has God’s own food in her breasts.  It makes me sick to see this.  Why hasn’t the Church done more to educate these folks about breastfeeding for its tremendous health benefits and also for its natural spacing benefit?

We have lots of information on this at our website:  Enjoy!

John Kippley
NFPI President and Volunteer



Natural Family Planning International is Unique!

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Our apostolate is in very great need of funds.  We address the primary moral problem of this country: namely, the sexual revolution that started with the acceptance of unnatural forms of birth control.  We are also unique in teaching and promoting Ecological Breastfeeding according to the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding. This form of nursing and baby-care ensures that mother and baby are together and that the baby will be able to suckle frequently.  It DOES postpone the return of fertility.  It also maximizes the already great benefits of breastfeeding, benefits that include reduced risks of at least 21 health problems for babies and another half-dozen benefits for the mothers.

We are also almost unique among pro-life organizations in our theological teaching.  Namely, that “Sexual intercourse is intended by God to be, at least implicitly, a renewal of the marriage covenant.”  That gives real meaning to the human sex act.  Animals “have sex.”  Only married human persons can engage in an act that is, or at least ought to be, a renewal of their marriage covenant.  Meaning really does matter.

There are a zillion non-profit organizations that seek to help those who are the casualties, in one way or another, of the sexual revolution.  Please note: the single greatest source of new poverty is the household headed by a single woman with children.  We seek to reduce that poverty by teaching that sex acts outside of marriage are intrinsically dishonest.  Once that thinking becomes once again part of our culture, there will be a huge reduction in the number of those who are in one-parent, out-of-wedlock families.

Please help our apostolate as much as you can.  We will greatly appreciate it.

Natural Family Planning International, LLC
1124 Wellesley Avenue
Steubenville OH  43952

Or donate online.

John F. Kippley
NFPI President and volunteer