By Barbara Rose
In discussing the work that I do in teaching the Creighton Model FertilityCare System™ (CrMS) people will occasionally tell me that they are familiar with the concept of fertility management or even the idea of fertility awareness. They use terms such as fertility awareness based methods (FAMs) and espouse the many benefits they bring for both the woman and couples who use them. That’s when I correct them and say “Users of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) have an appreciation of their fertility and actually take care of it. They go beyond just simply managing their fertility or being aware of its existence.” Then they look at me as if I have two heads.
I suppose this strange idea had something to do with my education. Book I: Basic Teaching Skills, second edition, published by the Pope Paul VI Institute Press was required reading for my Creighton Model training. It gives the definition of Fertility Appreciation as “the ability to mutually value, respect and understand one’s fertility. Such a value, respect and understanding should be fundamental to the teaching and use of the natural system of fertility regulation that is taught in this series of educational materials.”
For the record, I did complete the course and passed the exam.
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