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Author: Ellen Holloway

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Expanding the Natural Family Planning conversation. With new episodes launching every Monday, expect real conversations about Natural Family Planning with host Ellen Holloway. Episode topics range from interviews with couples and individuals using NFP to deeper more theological discussions on the concept of Natural Family Planning and the Catholic Church. So, grab your spouse, your fiancé, or your best friend and help us expand the Natural Family Planning Conversation. Charting Toward Intimacy is sponsored by the Diocese of Oakland
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Fr. Mario Rizzo from St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda, CA joins us to discuss NFP ministry in the parish. We talk about where NFP can fit, creating an integrated pro-life/respect life ministry that encompasses all aspects of life including respect of the marital act and marital intimacy, and a few suggestions as to what you can do to bring NFP ministry to your parish. Reach out to me at chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com or https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/
We are joined by Ellen Mitchell, FertilityCare Practitioner Intern and fellow lover of helping others figure out the best FABM for them!We're talking through some basic questions you can ask yourself to discern what the best fertility awareness based method is for you. The questions are below! This episode has been split into a part 1 and a part 2. Want a nice pretty version of the questions with space to write in your thoughts and answers? Email chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com or message me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/1.       How regular are your cycles? Regular is anything in the range of about 23-35 days. Do you want to seek medical help for regulating your cycles?2.       Is cost a factor for choosing a method of Fertility Awareness?3.       How would you most like to chart? Paper charts, app on your phone, online charting, doesn’t matter, etc.4.       How committed are you to charting? Charting doesn’t take a long time, but some methods do require a bit more effort and/or time.5.       How much data would you like? Some methods are simple with just one sign charted and some offer multiple signs to crosscheck. End of Part 1___________________________________6.       Is your schedule similar day to day or different daily? For example, do you work shift work and often sleep and wake up at different times or do you typically wake up at the same time daily?7.       How do you feel about using technology with a Fertility Awareness Based Method? Some methods rely on your personal observations of biomarkers throughout your cycle, some rely on a monitor or thermometer to give objective data, and some are a combination of both. What would you say is your level of trust in your ability to observe your body signs (keep in mind instructors work with you to ensure you are confident in charting your signs)? What would you say your level of trust is in relying on some form of technology (monitor, thermometer, etc.) to give you data?8.       What is your short-term goal? What stage of life are you in right now (getting married soon, single and want to chart for knowledge, postpartum, perimenopause, etc.)?
We are joined by Ellen Mitchell, FertilityCare Practitioner Intern and fellow lover of helping others figure out the best FABM for them!We're talking through some basic questions you can ask yourself to discern what the best fertility awareness based method is for you. The questions are below! This episode has been split into a part 1 and a part 2. Want a nice pretty version of the questions with space to write in your thoughts and answers? Email chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com or message me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/1.       How regular are your cycles? Regular is anything in the range of about 23-35 days. Do you want to seek medical help for regulating your cycles?2.       Is cost a factor for choosing a method of Fertility Awareness?3.       How would you most like to chart? Paper charts, app on your phone, online charting, doesn’t matter, etc.4.       How committed are you to charting? Charting doesn’t take a long time, but some methods do require a bit more effort and/or time.5.       How much data would you like? Some methods are simple with just one sign charted and some offer multiple signs to crosscheck. End of Part 1___________________________________6.       Is your schedule similar day to day or different daily? For example, do you work shift work and often sleep and wake up at different times or do you typically wake up at the same time daily?7.       How do you feel about using technology with a Fertility Awareness Based Method? Some methods rely on your personal observations of biomarkers throughout your cycle, some rely on a monitor or thermometer to give objective data, and some are a combination of both. What would you say is your level of trust in your ability to observe your body signs (keep in mind instructors work with you to ensure you are confident in charting your signs)? What would you say your level of trust is in relying on some form of technology (monitor, thermometer, etc.) to give you data?8.       What is your short-term goal? What stage of life are you in right now (getting married soon, single and want to chart for knowledge, postpartum, perimenopause, etc.)?
This episode is covering Sympto-Thermal methods. Be sure to check out the rest of the episodes in this series to learn about the three different method types of FABMs! Carlos and Mariana who teach with Couple to Couple League are chatting with me (Ellen) who teaches with SymptoPro. Reach out to Carlos and Mariana: cascafu@gmail.comReach out to Ellen and the podcast: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.comCouple to Couple League: https://ccli.org/SymptoPro: https://www.symptopro.org/
This is episode two in a series on finding the right method for you. We are discussing Sympto-Hormonal methods of fertility awareness. We have Theresa Sullivan, CCRN, BSN who teaches the Marquette Method, Ulrika Drevniok who teaches FEMM, and Christina Valenzuela who teaches Boston Cross Check.Want to learn more about the methods we talked about?Marquette Method: www.marquettemethod.comFEMM: https://femmhealth.org/Boston Cross Check: https://www.bostoncrosscheck.com/ Other helpful links: Whole Mission (Marquette method): https://www.mmnfp.com/Femme Fertility (Marquette method): https://www.femmefertilitynfp.com/TrueFem (FEMM): https://www.truefem.org/Feel free to reach out to the instructors we talked to via the links on their names above!Questions, comments, suggestions about the podcast?https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
This is episode one in a series on finding the right method for you. We are discussing Mucus-Only methods of fertility awareness. We have Flenje Rose Oaferina who teaches Billings Ovulation Method and we have Lisa Morvant who is a Creighton Model Instructor. Want to learn more about the methods we talked about?Billings Ovulation Method: https://www.boma-usa.org/Creighton Model FertilityCare: https://fertilitycare.org/NaPro Technology: https://fertilitycare.org/Feel free to reach out to the instructors we talked to via the Instagram links above!Questions, comments, suggestions about the podcast?https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
We're joined by Justine Gabner who shares her NFP story that involves a true reversion to the Catholic faith because of learning about NFP! Reach out to us:https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
We're back with another NFP journey episode. This week Kathleen shares with us her journey. This episode follows up very nicely to the previous two episode about abstinence. Kathleen and her husband were both on different sides of the spectrum of abstinence and it took good, deep, and difficult communication to get on the same page. Be sure to check out both the "When Abstinence is Really Hard" and "When Abstinence isn't as Hard" episodes!Things we mentioned:Love languages: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/Exodus 90: https://exodus90.com/Mentionables Lingerie: https://shopmentionables.com/Follow the podcast on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/Send Ellen and email: chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
Check out last week's episode for the first installment in this series when we talked about when abstinence is really hard. This episode is focused on when abstinence isn't as hard! Spoiler alert: If you find yourself in either situation at any point in your marriage, that's OK! You're normal. The most important thing you can do is communicate with your spouse how you are feeling. Reach out to Ellen:https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/ chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
We're talking about the times when abstinence is really hard and what you can do about it. Some of it is practical tips you can take home (or to the bedroom) and some of it involves a mental shift in how we think about abstinence. Emily Frase joins us to dive into this topic. Connect with Ellen: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/ or chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.comConnect with Emily: https://www.instagram.com/totalwhine_/ or https://www.instagram.com/fabmbase/Uterine Isthmocele: https://veritasfertility.com/conditions/uterine-isthmocele/
Sara shares with us her conversion story and NFP journey all wrapped into one! Join us as we dive into another NFP journey to help us all understand, its not easy for anyone and we all have our ups and downs with NFP. Find Sara: https://www.instagram.com/saragrafcoaching/ or https://www.instagram.com/saragrafpiano/Have a question, comment, or want to share your NFP journey?https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
We are here with our first NFP journey episode with Jenna and Paul sharing their journey thus far with NFP. Attention if you are not yet married: PLEASE make this your story!Reach out to Jenna and Paul or find the A Shower of Roses podcast: https://www.instagram.com/ashowerofroses/Want to share your NFP journey or have a question? Reach out to Ellenhttps://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
This awesome crossover episode with Jamie and Theresa from The Hormone Genius Podcast is about embracing the beauty of your natural design of fertility. We don't need to shut it down with hormonal birth control because your body's not broken, it's fertile. Find The Hormone Genius Podacast: https://www.hormonegenius.com/the-hormone-genius-podcast/Find Charting Toward Intimacy: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
We are joined by Julie Linder a nurse and instructor in the Creighton Model to discuss the benefits of charting before you get married as well as the differences in charting before you get married vs. after you're married!Reach out to us:https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
We're joined by Mary Bruno to talk through cycle pain and what the Church's call to use NFP has to say when you're dealing with irregularities in your cycle or intense pain or some other medical issue (hint it's not just "take up your cross"). We also discuss when the Church actually does allow birth control and what those circumstances look like. We additionally speak to making sure you look into all of your options before deciding birth control is your only choice. Connect with Mary: https://www.instagram.com/takingbacktheterms/Connect with the podcast:chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.comhttps://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/
Oh hey there! This is a redo of the first ever episode of Charting Toward Intimacy. This episode serves as an introduction into what NFP is. It's a great resource to share with anyone looking for a quick intro into Natural Family Planning!List of USCCB approved methods of Natural Family Planning and links for more info: https://www.usccb.org/topics/natural-family-planning/nfp-national-providersContact us!chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.comhttps://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/
This was one of my biggest sticking points with NFP (honestly) before I started using NFP: If the efficacy rates are as good as they say they are, why do people who use NFP have like 5 or more kids?So we're diving into that this week and talking about what that really reveals about NFP use within a marriage. Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/Send us an email: chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com*Note to listeners: This episode uses a stereotypical understanding of NFP users as having large families to reveal what NFP use does to our hearts and our marriages. This is not to say all couples who use NFP have large families or that having a larger family is somehow more holy than having a small family. NFP is about working with God to plan your family. God has a perfect plan for your family whether it is two people (you and your spouse) or ten people. 
We're joined by Grace Stark to talk about why there is a need to talk about NFP honestly. We've talked on the podcast about how we don't speak honestly about NFP, but why is it exactly that we need to open up and speak more openly and honestly about NFP? Find Grace: https://graceemilystark.com/Reach out to us: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
Anna Saucier joins us to discuss why we hear the myth that NFP leads to a perfect marriage and that couples who use NFP don't get divorced. We dig into that and discuss where that came from and what part of that is myth and what part of that is misplaced information and what part of that is actually truth. Find Anna: https://annasaucier.com/What is a lathe?Find the podcast: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/email us chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
25 - Toxic NFP Culture

25 - Toxic NFP Culture

2021-03-0859:59

We are joined by Amanda Vernon to talk about toxic NFP culture, what it is, what we can do about it, and how we can try not to perpetuate it while talking about NFP in our communities. This conversation is in response to a blog and video about Toxic NFP culture that Amanda put together in July of 2020. Check out the links to that below. Toxic NFP Culture video on YouTubeToxic NFP Culture textFollow Charting Toward Intimacy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chartingtowardintimacy/Email us at chartingtowardintimacy@gmail.com
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