” ‘I want to have children with you.’ So much meaning is packed into these words, when a man or woman says them to a spouse. It is sad, then, that so many couples hoping to have children find it difficult to do so. It is estimated today that one out of six couples will experience infertility. The suffering of unanticipated childlessness is real”…
— from the USCCB publication Life-giving Love, in An Age of Technology
Modern medicine offers many resources for helping couples struggling with infertility.
One new resource is a program called Organic Conceptions.
As well, Natural Family Planning offers many couples struggling with fertility a chance to finally conceive a child.
All NFP methodologies have reported substantial success – as high as 40% of all couples were able to conceive within six months of beginning to use NFP for that purpose.
For those with more serious difficulties, there is a new technology recently developed at Creighton University in Omaha called Natural Procreative Technology (or NaProTech).
They report success rates of up to 80%!
This new technology is still not widely known in the medical community.
Fortunately, the Archdiocese of San Francisco is blessed with:
– 4 Creighton model teachers
– A local (El Sobrante) Ob/Gyn who is trained as a Fertility Care Specialist
– Another MD who is trained in Holistic Medicine.
All of them can be found on the list of local NFP teachers, or you can contact the Archdiocese of San Francisco (Ed Hopfner) at (415) 614-5547 or [email protected].
Some couples, in this age of technology, have turned to In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to help conceive a child.
While the Church sympathizes with their very real desire for children, there are many problems with IVF that are not well publicized.
In any case she cannot condone a method of creating new life that is separate from the loving union of the parents. For more information on IVF go here.
Click here to read the U. S. Bishops’ document
Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology.