Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Welcome to our Newest FertilityCare Professional in Training

from Friends of Fertility Care Philadelphia 

Alexandria (Alex) De Rose, a Catholic mother and nurse practitioner, has been accepted by the Pope Paul VI (PPVI) Institute to be trained as both a Creighton Model Medical Consultant and FertilityCare Practitioner! The training and certification process involves a 13 month supervised practicum that includes two intensive full immersion weeks at the PPVI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. As a FertilityCarePractitioner and Medical Consultant, she will be able teach women to chart their cycles by identifying biomarkers of their fertility, which can then be used for natural birth regulation or to identify underlying conditions that may be causing gynecological disorders. 

Alex shared the following with the Friends of FertilityCare (FFC)
FFC: Why did you decide to pursue this education?

Alex: In short, I love women’s healthcare. I love educating women about their reproductive system and gynecological health, and helping them to understand the beauty and gift of their fertility! Unfortunately, most women today are being short changed of this knowledge. They are being told the pill is the answer to all of their gynecological problems. They are suffering for years with infertility and miscarriages and being told that IVF is their only option. As a Catholic Nurse Practitioner who does not prescribe or recommend contraceptives, abortifacient medications, in-vitro fertilization, or abortions to my patients, I have found there is more…there is hope…there is NaPro! 

Recommendations to Improve Your Family’s Fertility

We loved reading this and wanted to share it with all of our Friends. The following was adapted from a post entitled 15 Ways to Improve Your Family's Chances for Healthy Reproductive Systems by Katie Kimball in

  • Ditch plastic wherever possible: stainless steel water bottles, glass dishes for food, reusable sandwich bags for food on the go, and no single use water bottles if you can help it.
  • Seek out natural personal products – familiarize yourself with the top chemicals to avoid, including any word that ends in “paraben.”
  • Eat organic beef as much as possible. Any organic food you can afford is a great idea since chemical pesticides are pegged in a whole host of issues including endocrine system woes.
  • Eat more whole foods and less processed foods – you’ll avoid BPA in packaging and help your families’ bodies stay as healthy as possible and at a healthy weight.
  • Skip the sugar.
  • Help your children get sufficient and quality sleep. Limit screens especially at night.
  • Take a Vitamin D supplement.
  • Stay married.
  • Form strong bonds with your babies.
  • Avoid processed soy (read the labels – it’s everywhere, unfortunately!).
  • Seek to reduce stress – for everyone in your family!
  • Skip the feetie pajamas – all sleepware except tight-fitting ones are treated with flame retardants. Look into safe mattress alternatives as well.
  • Exercise. It’s one of the few interventions known to help prevent early puberty.
  • Avoid birth control in your home and advocate others to do the same. NFP is a fantastic alternative to chemical birth control.
And we would add –

The Friends of FertilityCare Philadelphia are a group of health care professionals and members of our community who wish to promote effective, integrated health care for women and couples. To that end, the Friends of FertilityCare are dedicated to making Creighton Model FertilityCare™ services and NaProTechnology known, respected and applied throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. The primary intention of the Friends of FertilityCare is to educate all people in the "good news" of Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTechnology. Read more here.

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