Institute for Natural Family Planning


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Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for Natural Family Planning (INFP) was established in 1997 for the purpose of providing professional education, research and service in natural family planning (NFP). Reflecting the mission of Marquette University, the mission of the INFP is to serve God by contributing to the advancement of knowledge in natural family planning and by collaboration with the Catholic Church in local, state, and national NFP programs.

The three major goals of the institute are to:
1) Provide NFP Teacher Training for Health Professionals,
2) Conduct Research and Scholarship in NFP, and
3) Develop and Offer Innovative NFP Services

Executive Summary

The Marquette University Institute for Natural Family Planning has been in existence since 1998. We have been providing teacher training for health professionals and NFP services for couples since that time. We developed a modern method of family planning that incorporates new hormonal monitoring technology and have created an online curriculum to educate health professionals in the Marquette Method (MM) of NFP. We have conducted and published eight peer reviewed studies that provide evidence for the efficacy of the MM to achieve and avoid pregnancy. We continue to conduct several NFP or NFP related research studies and include PhD students and medical residents in research studies when requested. This past year we again have presented our research at regional and national conferences.

Our online NFP teacher training program as an approval program through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) continues to educate health professionals who can provide NFP services in Catholic diocesan programs and Catholic Healthcare systems. We continue to offer three online NFP courses (i.e., Core Theory; Teacher Training, and Medical Applications) for health professionals. We generated $11,200.00 (from 38 new students and 6 returning). This year we have developed a two hour short online course for health professionals to provide a version of the Marquette Model (MM) of NFP that we call MM Lite, and which can be taught in a 15 minute office session.

We continue to collaborate with both the USCCB and the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) in publishing current medical research reviews in the Official Journal of the CMA, The Linacre Quarterly (LQ). This past year, we were a guest editor for a special topic issue on Humanae vitae for the November issue of LQ.

In 2008, we launched a Web site program to teach and provide consultation in the MM of NFP. This program is in the English and Spanish languages. Since then we have registered over 11,000 couples from all 50 states and 5 foreign countries – we added approximately 186 new couple registrants this past fiscal year. There currently are a total of 24,961 posts and 4883 topics in our user forums and 4238 current members in our online NFP system. For this fiscal year (2018-2019) have collected $7708.24 (186 clients) in registration fees. We also generated $10,500.00 in our distance NFP education program from 133 couples. We continue to develop a new Web site and web site services based on the feedback from the online and in-person users. This Web site and charting system is currently synced to our two fertility monitoring apps (i.e., Both the Iphone and Android/Google system). We hope to launch this site later this year.

Highlights of this past year were the development and sponsorship of a 50th Anniversary Conference of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV) at Marquette University in conjunction with the Wisconsin Region of the Catholic Medical Association. We also co-developed and presented a NFP research panel as a pre-conference at the 85th Annual Catholic Medical Association Educational Conference in Dallas, Texas.