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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             An interview
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Hilgers to visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Philly in 2008
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Jenkintown, PA 19046                                                                                                                  JENKINTOWN, PA                                                                                                         with Dr. de Guzman
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Dr. Hilgers to visit Philadelphia in September, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                  News                                           Philadelphia
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The Friends of FertilityCare to-       Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, founder           is a health care professional in-
                                                                                                                       I am looking forward to                                                                                                                                                           June 2008
gether with the Catholic Medical
Association and the Archdiocese
                                       and director of the Pope Paul VI
                                       Institute and one of the major re-
                                                                                terested in learning more about
                                                                                NaPro Technology, please direct      joining you all in September.             FertilityCare now available in
                                                                                                                                                               Spanish, thanks to Helen!
of Philadelphia is promoting a         searchers in NaPro Technology            them to the coordinator, Barbara          Sincerely yours,
health care symposium on NaPro         today. He will be accompanied by         Rose, at savro@verizon.net or call
Technology.                            Dr. Jean Golden-Tevald, a Creigh-        215-884-2922.
     This symposium, scheduled
for September 13, 2008, is ideal for
physicians, nurses, nurse practitio-
                                       ton Medical Consultant from
                                       Hunterdon County, N.J., who is
                                       participating in the International
                                                                                      We have a wonderful event
                                                                                planned for the evening of Sept.
                                                                                13 to enable everyone to have the
                                                                                                                      Thomas W. Hilgers, MD                    F    ive years ago, Helen LaFrance,
                                                                                                                                                                    a physician assistant working
                                                                                                                                                               in Kennett Square, first saw the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      course in Pamona, NY. Helen be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      gan her ministry to the Hispanic
                                                                                                                                                                                                      community in Chester County
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ductory sessions at the Mision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Santa Maria, Madre De Dios in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Avondale . La Mision (the Mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Most of the couples who are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     employed have jobs with limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     flexibility, so they are often only
ners, nurse mid-wives, physician       NaProTechnology Surveillance             opportunity to meet Dr. Hilgers.                                               need for NFP instruction in Span-      immediately upon completing           sion) is supported by the the Insti-     available on weekends. Helen
assistants and medical techni-         and Treatment study (iNEST).             Look for more details online at                                                ish. Inspired by her friend and col-   the 13-month program. Known           tute Servants of the Lord and the        does as much as she can to pro-
cians. The main speaker will be             If you or someone you know          www.fertilitycarefriends.org.                                                  league, Dorice Millar, she enrolled    as Elena to many of her Spanish-      Virgin of Matará, a 20-year-old          vide instruction in the Creighton
                                                                                                                                                               in the FertilityCare Practitioner      speaking clients, she offers intro-   community of Diocesan Right,             Model FertilityCare system to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            which began in San Rafael, Argen-        people on Saturdays.
                   Share the good news                                                                               FertilityCare News                                                                                                     tina. Helen discovered that many                Since many of the people
                                                                                                                     Philadelphia is published                         Welcome to our newest                                                of the good sisters speak little Eng-    serviced by the Mission are strug-

A    re you passionate about NaProTechnology? Do you wish more people knew about the Creighton
     Model FertilityCare System and the benefits it offers to women and families?
    Now there’s a way you can help. Brochures, pamphlets and books are available for distribution.
                                                                                                                     by the Friends of
                                                                                                                     FertilityCare
                                                                                                                                                                      FertilityCare Practitioner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lish, but they fully understand the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            need for the work that she does
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     gling financially, Helen tells her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     couples to pay her what they can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and welcome her with open arms.          afford. This offer is very generous
Please contact Theresa Strenge at 215-428-2216.                                                                      P.O. Box 354                                     Intern, Theresa Strenge, RN, FCPI                                     Helen reports that the priests as-       considering the fact that books
                                                                                                                     Jenkintown, PA 19046
                                                                                                                                                                   Theresa Strenge received           Theresa was so inspired by            signed to the Mission often allow        and materials are not discounted
#                                                                                                                    Email: savro@verizon.net
    Be a Friend of FertilityCare                                                                                     Editor:
                                                                                                                                                                   her Baccalaureate degree in
                                                                                                                                                                   nursing from Penn State in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the care she received utiliz-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing the Creighton Model
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            her to use their offices to provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            instruction to the couples.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     through the publisher.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            At the present time, some of
                                                                                                                     Barbara Rose                                  1988. She practiced nursing        FertilityCare system that                   The Mission Santa Maria,           the materials are still not translated

Y   es, I want you to consider me a friend of FertilityCare and be informed of the exciting
    developments of Creighton Model FertilityCare services and NaProTechnology in the
Philadelphia region. I understand that all donations are tax-deductible. Enclosed is my check
                                                                                                                     Copy editor:
                                                                                                                     Elena Perri
                                                                                                                                                                   in both medical and surgi-
                                                                                                                                                                   cal care programs, geriatrics
                                                                                                                                                                                                      she decided to become a
                                                                                                                                                                                                      FertilityCare Practitioner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Madre De Dios is a large one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In 2006 it serviced over 3,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     from the English making Helen’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     job even more challenging.
                                                                                                                                                                   and cardiac catherization.         in order to share her enthu-          families. There are four PreCana                Helen finds that the Hispan-
payable to Friends of FertilityCare.                                                                                                                                                                                                        classes a year, and the sisters have     ic couples are extremely grateful
                                                                                                                                                                   Her most recent experience         siasm and gratitude for this
                                                                                                                     Computer graphics:                                                                                                     asked Helen to give presentations        and as they praise the work that
Supporting member _____$25 _____$50 _____other                                                                                                                     was in Labor and Delivery          gift to mankind. As Theresa
                                                                                                                     Michael Fontecchio                                                                                                     to all the engaged couples. Helen        she does, she typically tells them,
r I am unable to support financially at this time, but please keep me on the mailing list.                                                                         at St. Mary’s Hospital in          is fond of saying: “NaPro
                                                                                                                                                                   Langhorne, PA . Theresa            Technolog y is women’s                explains, “The population is too         “It’s not me, it’s the system.”
                                                                                                                     Board of Directors:
r I would like to volunteer for future events.                                                                                                                     and her husband Michael            health care par excellence,           big for me. This is easily a full-time          Great job, Helen. Hay tesoro
Name _______________________________________________________                                                         Elissa Larkin, RN                             are the proud parents of sev-      bar none!”                            job for one person.”                     en el cielo para usted!
Address: _____________________________________________________                                                       Bob Motley, MD                                en beautiful children, the               We cou ld n’t ag re e
___________________________________________________________                                                          Barbara Rose, RN                              youngest of whom was the           more, Theresa. Thanks for
                                                                                                                     Maureen Scott                                 recipient of NaPro Tech-           your tremendous yes to this                           Check us out on the Web:
Phone number/e-mail _____________________________________________
      The Friends of FertilityCare is tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
                                                                                                                     Theresa Strenge, RN                           nology during his gestation.       ministry.                                 www.fertilitycarefriends.org
       Contributions can be made to Friends of FertilityCare, P.O. Box 354, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Calling all Women’s Health Professionals                                                                                                                     FertilityCare Ireland                                                                 for an early pregnancy ultrasound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to confirm their pregnancy. They
As the demand for Creighton Model      Education Programs, please see    Certificate Program for Fer-                    For more information or for an      By Anne Mielnik                                                                       had been trying to achieve a preg-
FertilityCare services and NaPro-      www.popepaulvi.com and click on   t i l i t y C a r e P r a c t i t io ne r s ,   application, please contact Kathy         Anne is a Family Medicine Resi- sive doses of other drugs to send her           nancy, without success, for eight
Technology increases, there will       “Education.”                      Stamford, CT, at Villa Maria                    Rivet, Education Program Co-        dent at Lancaster General Hospital reproductive system into overdrive,                years! They had tried and failed
be a need for more FertilityCare              Creighton Model Fer-       Guada lupe Retreat House                        ordinator, St. Joseph Hospital,     in Lancaster, PA, as well as a Creigh- producing as many eggs as pos-                 IVF multiple times before they
Practitioners. For more detailed in-   ti lit y Care™ System Practi-     of the Sisters of Life begin-                   Nashua, NH, 603-595-3947 or         ton Model Medical Consultant. She sible! According to the testimonies                 came to NaPro.
formation regarding Allied Health      tioner Education Programs         n i ng September 6 , 20 08 .                    via e-mail: krivet@sjh-nh.org.      recently spent time working at the I have read, the side effects can be                     During my month here, it has
                                                                                                                                                             Galway Clinic with physicians who horrific.                                           been quite indescribable to sit each
                                                                                                                                                             have treated hundreds of couples with               Furthermore, in the process of    day with the doctors and meet
An interview with Creighton medical                                              Know your FertilityCare                                                     infertility or recurrent miscarriage using ART, multiple embryos from each            these couples who are devastated
                                                                                                                                                             NaProTechnology.                              couple are destroyed, some are in-      by their inability to conceive...to
consultant, Dr. Brigida de Guzman                                                Practitioners                                                                     For the past month, I have definitely frozen...and worst of all,                see so clearly the intensity of their       Photos on the “Wall of Success”
               Dr. Brigida de Guzman-Cam enjoyed a successful
               clinical practice that spanned 30 years before she
               announced her retirement from Crozer Keystone
                                                                                 F    ertilityCare practitioners provide instruction in the
                                                                                      Creighton Model FertilityCare system. In addition
                                                                                 to teaching couples a natural method of birth regulation,
                                                                                                                                                             been working with three family an astounding number of couples
                                                                                                                                                             physicians -- Phil Boyle, who found- find themselves in a situation where
                                                                                                                                                             ed the practice here 10 years ago, they are pressured to undergo “se-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   longing to have a child. The depths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of their anguish evident in their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   faces as they gaze longingly at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           be supported with additional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           progesterone until they are out of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the first trimester and beyond if
               Health System last November. Dr. de Guzman                        they can assess the need for NaProTechnology and make                       Caroline Guindon from France, lective reduction,” namely picking                      doctor, hoping he will say there is     needed. They have a 95% chance
               completed her training in NaPro Technology from                   referrals to Creighton Medical Consultants.                                 and Jude McSharry, a young doc- out which of the babies the couple                    still hope. You catch sight of it in    of making it to term and wonder-
the Pope Paul VI Institute in April 2006 and had a thriving                                                                                                  tor, just a year                                                  wants to “termi-    the way they clutch each other’s        fully, couples who conceive with
FertilityCare practice in Springfield, Delaware County. The Friends              Berks County                                                                or two ahead                                                      nate”               hands and glance furtively at each      NaPro often go on to have ad-
of FertilityCare caught up with Dr. de Guzman at the Delancey                    Elisabeth Laskowski, BS, FCP                     610-779-7458               of me, who has                                                          NaPro,        other as the doctor explains the        ditional children. As one of the
Street Coffee house in Wynnewood, PA, on November 26.                            creightonmodel@gmail.com                                                    recently started                                                  the alternative     treatment that will hopefully set       doctors says, “Once we crack the
                                                                                 Bucks County                                                                doing NaPro.                                                      offered here,       things right.                           code, we just keep using the same
Friends: You’ve recently retired from clinical practice. Can you
                                                                                 Elizabeth Parrish, RN, CFCP                      215-249-9829                     They offer                                                  focuses on iden-          Months go by...                   formula.”
tell us what your plans are for the immediate future?
                                                                                 fertilitycareservices@comcast.net                                           a compelling al-                                                  tifying the cause         Sometimes years...                       There are also, of course, those
Dr. de Guzman: I’m going to continue with NaPro Technology.                      Theresa Strenge, RN, FCPI                        215-428-2216               ternative to the                                                  of the couple’s           And then...                       who don’t conceive, those who de-
I’ll never stop the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. I plan                 tcstrenge@yahoo.com                                                         current medi-                  Anne Mielnik and Dr. Boyle         infertility, cor-         Success.                          spite correcting every abnormality
to do medical consulting at Dr. Eleanor Tiongson’s office in                     Chester County                                                              cal approach to infertility, which recting any underlying reproduc-                         The couple who had been           and making every lifestyle change
Drexel Hill.                                                                                                                                                 checks a few blood tests and then tive or general health problems                     trying for eight years, who had         simply do not “get pregnant.”
                                                                                 Helen LaFrance, PA, FCP                          610-436-8323
                                                                                                                                                             pushes a couple toward in vitro and optimizing the chances that                       invested thousands of dollars           But after what may be one or two
Friends: When did you decide that you wanted training in NaPro                   elenalafrance@hotmail.com
                                                                                                                                                             fertilization (IVF) and the other the husband and wife will conceive                  in failed IVF before coming to          years these couples accept their
Technology and who inspired you?                                                 Delaware County                                                             artificial reproductive technolo- NATURALLY (hence the name...                        NaPro, who had charted the daily        infertility and leave the process
Dr. de Guzman: When I began to practice totally 100% pro life,                   Marcia Niznan, MS, FCP                            610-789-4547              gies (ART).                                   Natural Procreative Technology),        changes in the woman’s fertility        with a profound peacefulness,
my patients began to bring their NaPro Track charts to me. That                  mniznan@hotmail.com                                                               In the current medical ap- all while providing care in a sup-                   cycle, cut out foods that were con-     ready to move on. “We gave it our
was back in 2002. So it was my patients who inspired me.                         Montgomery County                                                           proach, little or no attempt is made portive environment which helps a                sidered detrimental, quit smoking,      all”...”Perhaps God is calling us to
                                                                                 Barbara Rose, RN, MSN, FCP                       215-884-2922               to identify the CAUSE of the couple work through the emotional                        taken their medications and wait-       adoption”...“It wasn’t meant to be”...
Friends: Had you met with Dr. Thomas Hilgers, the founder                                                                                                    couple’s infertility or to assist the turmoil of dealing with infertility
                                                                                 savro@verizon.net                                                                                                                                                 ed so patiently, despite the agony of   There seems to be something in
and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute, before you decided to                                                                                            couple with conceiving naturally. and its treatment.                                  waiting, finally reaches that day.      the process of NaPro that helps a
receive the training as a Creighton Medical Consultant?                          Philadelphia County                                                         The process itself can be miser-                    With NaPro, no embryos                  There on the ultrasound,          couple to find closure and peace,
Dr. de Guzman: Yes, it was at the Catholic Medical Association                   Pauline Awobodu-Alabi, MB, BS, FCPI 215-843-1553                            able for the woman, as she takes are destroyed or frozen. Multiple                    before the couple’s anxious and         which I assure you is no small
meeting in Philadelphia, back in 2003. That’s when I first                       poaalabi@yahoo.com                                                          powerful drugs to first completely gestation pregnancies are virtually                disbelieving eyes, a tiny, flicker-     thing in the world of infertility.
discovered it was only eight days to complete Education Phase I.                 Lehigh Valley (Allentown/Easton)                                            suppress her fertility and then mas- unheard of (except for the occa-                 ing heart beat, nestled inside her             I am hoping to start offering
I had thought that it was a year to get the training and that I would            Phyllis Amrick, CRNP, FCP        917-359-1499                                                                             sional set of twins). The couples ul-   mother’s womb. It is fast, strong       this care to patients, even while
have to leave my patients for that time. Once I learned it was only              phyllomena@rcn.com                                                                                                        timately conceive through a loving      and healthy, and the little baby of     still in residency. And as I prepare
eight days, I said to myself: “I can swing that.”                                Mary Ann Morales, BS, FCPI       610-838-2003                                                                             act of natural intercourse. And the     nine weeks arches her back, wig-        to head back to the States in a few
                                                                                 maryannmooney@aol.com                                                                                                     success rate with NaPro is actually     gling as if to say, “Mommy! Daddy!      days, I am grateful to the doc-
Friends: What inspires you the most about Dr. Hilgers?                                                                                                                                                     very impressive -- only about 30% of    We did it! I’m here!...” They both      tors here, who welcomed me so
                                                                                 Mercer County, NJ                                                                                                         couples conceive through IVF but        wipe away tears, and a quick kiss       generously into their practice, to
Dr. de Guzman: That he is so open to discuss the beauty of the
system and how it really helps the women. And how he was so                      Elissa Larkin, CNM, FCPI                          623-703-9267                                                            50-60% conceive with NaPro (and         follows the long exhale of relief at    the doctor who developed this
approachable and willing to talk to and so willing to share his                  larkin4life@juno.com                                                                                                      actually as many as 80% couples         the end of all their waiting.           incredible system, and to all the
knowledge.                                                                                    Additional practices for the United States                                                                   with some kinds of infertility)               They are not completely out       practitioners who make it avail-
                                                                                            and Canada are listed at www.fertilitycare.org.                         The Galway Clinic in Ireland                 Yesterday, a couple came in       of the woods; actually they will        able to couples.

				
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