Creighton Model
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A Deeper Understanding of a Woman’s Cycle

Creighton Model System (CrMS)

Women’s menstrual and fertility cycles have been shrouded in mystery since the beginning of time. Most women still do not know about the workings of their cycles of fertility and infertility. Every woman deserves to understand how her cycles function so that she might truly and confidently know how her body works and better appreciate the gift of her fertility.

How Does the Creighton Model Work?

The Creighton Model System (CrMS) relies upon the standardized observation and charting of biological markers that are the keys to information regarding a woman’s health and fertility. These “biomarkers” tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile, allowing the couple to use the system either to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. These biomarkers also reveal any health abnormalities that may be present. The CrMS allows a woman to unravel the mysteries of her menstrual cycle so that she might participate in her own gynecologic healthcare.

Charting with the Creighton Model System serves as the foundation for the new women’s health science, NaProTECHNOLOGY (natural procreative technology).

In the CrMS, fertility is observed as part of a woman’s health, not as a disease from which she suffers. This system is specifically not a natural contraceptive. Rather, it is a method of true family planning that can be used in two ways: either to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. These principles make this system distinctly different from contraception, artificial or natural, because it relies upon the cyclic fertility of the couple and respects both the man and woman’s entire reproductive integrity.

The CrMS is based upon a couple’s knowledge and understanding of their naturally-occurring phases of fertility and infertility. Through this understanding, the couple is able to make decisions regarding the achievement or avoidance of pregnancy. This system provides information which deals with the complete dimension of the procreative ability. In addition, it provides women the added benefit of being able to monitor and maintain their procreative and gynecologic health over a lifetime. It is truly the only family planning system which has networked family planning with gynecologic and procreative healthcare and health maintenance. The teachers of the CrMS are trained allied health professionals and specifically-trained physicians have been educated to incorporate the CrMS into their medical practice. For more information visit www.fertilitycare.org.

How Do I Learn CrMS?

Learning to use the Creighton Model FertilityCare System requires attending a series of teaching sessions with a trained FertilityCare Practitioner or FCP Intern. These practitioners are specifically trained in NaproEducation, a 13-month Allied Health Education Program, which insures their ability to deliver quality instruction, teach the System in its entirety and address the client’s individual needs.

To begin, a client/client couple schedules and then attends an Introductory Session, (slide presentation), which is an overview of the use and applications of the system. The presentation lasts one hour, followed by time for questions, distribution of educational materials and scheduling of the first follow-up.

Adhering to the organized follow-up schedule is paramount to the client/client couple learning the system and quickly gaining confidence in its use for their needs. Although the educational system is standardized, each client couple receives individual attention at each follow-up. It is at the time of the follow-up sessions that the instruction in the use of the Creighton Model System is accomplished.

Following the Intro Session, there are generally eight follow-ups in the first year, although this schedule may be tailored to your individual situation. The first four follow-ups are each two weeks apart, the fifth is one month later and the remaining three are each three months apart. This schedule can be adjusted according to the client’s individual needs. After the first year, when the client/couple is comfortable and confident in using the system, a follow-up is attended every six months. Follow-up is also available any time the couple’s needs change. The Practitioner is available for questions/guidance in the interim.

If you are unsure if Creighton Model is for you, call us or email us with your questions and/or schedule to attend an Intro Session. There is no obligation to commit to follow-ups unless you decide to use the system.

We strongly encourage husbands and fiancés to attend every meeting possible, but it is not required. It is highly recommended that he attend the Introductory Session so that he can also have a basic understanding of the system.

What Does it Cost to Learn CrMS?

The cost of each meeting is $40, and there is a one-time $25 material fee at the Intro Session if you decide to continue with the system. The fee covers your user manual, any additional documents, two charts and a stamp pack (all of which last most women through the first year). Additional charts are $3 and stamp sheets are 30 cents each.

For long-distance clients, there is an additional cost for a Picture Dictionary, which will be needed for the follow-up sessions. It is $22 and is an optional expense for those who attend follow-up sessions in person.

The bulk of the cost of learning Creighton Model is in the first year. Payment for each session is due at the time the session occurs. Hope FertilityCare Center accepts cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard.

Introductory Session $40
Follow-up Session
(8 in first year then 2 per year)
$40
Introductory Materials
(2 charts, stamp packet, user manual)
$25
Total cost for first year of program $385
Chart Reviews $20
Additional charts $3
Stamp packets $3
Individual stamp pages $0.30
Picture dictionary $22

If these costs are a concern for you, we still invite you to contact us so that we can properly assess your situation. Our hope is to be a resource for every woman who is truly serious about learning the CrMS and so we would like to be aware of your specific needs.

When referred for medical treatment, our Medical Consultants’ offices accept most insurance.

For lab tests, we are correlated with Clinical Pathology Laboratories. There are several locations in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. CPL also accepts most insurance. For those who are uninsured, the lab tests will vary in cost, with the more common tests ranging from $146-$201.

If you choose, you may also send your lab work to the Pope Paul VI Institute National Hormone Laboratory, which accepts major insurances. However there will be additional costs of having the blood drawn and shipping the blood, typically not reimbursed by insurance. This cost is usually $100-$150.

Scheduling an Appointment

You can schedule an appointment for an Introductory Session by contacting either of our two convenient locations. It is easiest to send us an email requesting an appointment so that we can send you even more specific information to get you started.

In your email, please include your name, which FertilityCare Center location you is nearest to you and what your specific interest might be in learning to chart with the Creighton Model System.

Locations:

New Orleans
4612 S. Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
504.496.0214
Email: seaton@womansnewlife.com

Baton Rouge
At Woman’s New Life Center, a Hope FertilityCare Center

760 Colonial Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225.218.4862
Email: seaton@womansnewlife.com