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					 RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD
BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD
     RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD
                        can mean

The prudent and generous decision to have a large family;

                           or

The choice to have no more children for the time being or
              even for an indeterminate period,
 for serious reasons and with due respect to moral law.
         RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTIVES


             The Billings Ovulation Method
            is the most modern natural way
        to achieve or avoid becoming pregnant.




                                       Dr. John (died 4/1/2007)
                                       and Evelyn BILLINGS

                                       Catholic Australian
                                       doctors
        RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




The BILLINGS OVULATION METHOD is a
bidirectional approach that can be used for
both fertility control and promotion.

It is     simple to learn
          cost free
          non-invasive
          has no side effects

It is the most effective way of fertility
regulation in all conditions,

as        breastfeeding
          irregular cycle
          pre-menopause
          coming off contraceptive medication
          during emotional and physical stress.
             RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




The Billings Ovulation Method
teaches women :

to recognize their own
individual pattern of fertility
and infertility

to understand that they are
infertile more often than fertile
throughout their reproductive
years.

to recognize the fertile phase        HOSPITABLE CERVICAL
of their menstrual cycles,            MUCUS DURING FERTILE
signaled by the development of        PHASE. SPERM (PINK) IS
                                      SEEN SWIMMING UP
a particular type of mucus            AQUEOUS CHANNELS
from the crypts of the cervix.        AMONG MUCUS
                                      THREADS.
   RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




      BOM: THE CHINA EXPERIENCE


The Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) was
officially introduced into China by the Chinese
Ministry of Health in 1995, and since then:

fourteen BOM Centers have been established in
China at the most strategic areas for fertility
regulation and

36,845 BOM teachers have been trained.
           RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




             BOM: THE CHINA EXPERIENCE

            Success Rate from 1995 to 2006:

 In 2,686,400 fertile couples avoiding pregnancy = 99%

In 45,280 infertile couples trying to get pregnant = 32.1%


The method is highly efficient only when a series of
precautions and regulations are strictly followed.
Inappropriate use would result in higher failure rates, as
in preliminary trials in China (1989) and some other
places.
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“The teachers of the Billings Ovulation
Method are enriched by their activities
because they see how much the BOM
exercises a therapy upon conjugal love.

The marriage of the couple has made a
covenant in which they give themselves
completely to one another and within this
gift is their precious fertility.
                               John Billings
       RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




The natural method preserves this unique
gift and every act of intercourse remains
open to the transmission of life.

The need to wait without intercourse at
times is a part of every marriage, because
of the birth of a new child, sickness of the
husband or the wife, demands of
employment and so on. ”
                                John Billings
       RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




“When the couple accepts this gentle
discipline they make a magnificent
demonstration of their love, the husband for
the wife, the wife for the husband, and both
together for the children already born and to
be born in the future.

Each observes the goodness of their
decision so that it has the effect of
ennobling them both as they perceive what
they have done for each other.

                           John Billings
       RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD




They are happy to be cooperating with what
the Creator has designed in Nature, are at
peace with their conscience, and the family
is growing in an atmosphere of love,
happiness, security and peace which is so
appropriate to the rearing of children, each
of whom has experienced the beatitude of
having from birth a father and mother who
love them and love each other.”


                          John Billings
                CREIGHTON MODEL SYSTEM –
        a refinement of the Billings Ovulation Method



 PREGNANCY AVOIDANCE AT FIVE FERTILITY CENTERS
 (1980, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1994)

                  #COUPLES        #COUPLE-         SUCCESS RATE
                                   MONTHS

 CENTER     1.        288             2,224                98-100%
 CENTER     2.        273             1,980                99-100%
 CENTER     3.        378             2,471                99-100%
 CENTER     4.        597             7,084                99-100%
 CENTER     5.        242             1,810                97-100%

1. Creighton University (Omaha), 2. St. John’s Mercy Hospital (St. Louis),
   3. St. Francis Hospital (Wichita), 4. St. Joseph Hospital (Houston),
   5. Marquette Nursing Center (Milwaukee)
  RESPONSIBLE
  PARENTHOOD


       THROUGH



ARTIFICIAL CONTRACEPTION

          OR

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING?
    GOD‟S DESIGN OF
         LOVE
      Marriage is the wise and provident
        institution of God the Creator,
       whose purpose was to effect in
             man His loving design



   Reciprocal personal
       gift of self
  communion of        cooperate with God
  their beings in      in the generation
  view of mutual        and bring up of
personal perfection         new lives
 CONJUGAL LOVE
   above all fully human, a mix of
          sense and spirit
        an act of the free will
 a love, which is total, a friendship
that is unconditional and selfless,
 content to be able to enrich the
  other with the gift of himself
  also faithful and exclusive until
                death
           it is productive
PERSONALIZED
    SEXUALITY and
Conjugal act has inseparable
 integrated UNITIVE (love-giving:
signifies, expresses and incarnates
the mutual love between husband
   and wife; authentic total self-
  giving) and PROCREATIVE (life-
giving: inherent orientation to the
 transmission of life) dimensions.



     Dr. Angeles Tan-Alora, Bioethics for Students, 2006
CONJUGAL ACT


    UNITIVE


  PROCREATIVE
        UNITIVE
value and function of the entire
humanity, both men and women created
unto the image of God (Pope John Paul II’s
Apostolic Exhortation “Familiaris consortio”
1981)

The sexual act inherent to marriage
therefore, by which man and woman are
united in a chaste and intimate manner, is
noble, dignified, honorable and good


When exercised in a truly human way, it
signifies and fosters „reciprocal self-giving,
with which they enrich each other mutually in
a climate of joyous gratitude
     PROCREATIVE

God, the Creator has, through
divine laws, built into the act of
mutual love the capacity to
transmit life (Humanae Vitae No. 13, Pope
Paul VI)




Love between husband and wife
must be fully human, exclusive and
open to life.
      NATURAL PLANNING

 conception control based on the natural
  fertility cycle in women
 Couple does not practice contraception
  (artificial interference with the two
  aspects of intercourse) but uses an
  opportunity provided by nature
 “fertility awareness-based methods”

 Develops dialogue, reciprocal respect,
  shared responsibility and self-control
                 Fertility Control
         ETHICAL                         UNETHICAL
  Natural Family Planning            Artificial Contraception
“rightly use a facility provided       obstructs the natural
     to them by nature.”           development of the generative
                                             process

   both cases for acceptable reasons, have the intention of
                      avoiding children
  abstain from during the fertile
period during infertile days, “use
their married intimacy to express Performance of sexual intercourse
 their mutual love and safeguard      with deliberate intention of
     their fidelity towards one     rendering infertile an act that
              another.”                     could be fertile
 “In doing this they give proof of
                   a
 true and authentic love.”
Inseparability of the
Two Aspects of Conjugal
Act
       Basis by which the
     Church condemns any
    voluntary deprivation of
          procreation

    It emphasizes that any act of mutual
      love which impairs the capacity to
     transmit life, which God the Creator
    has built into it, frustrates His design
     constituting the norms of marriage,
    and contradicts the will of the Author
                      of Life
      ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
      VIOLATED




   Separation of
                                    Inseparability of
  Two Aspects of
                                    the Two Aspects
   Conjugal Act




• Acts as arbiters           • Acts as ministers
                               of God’s plan
  of the divine plan Angeles Tan-Alora, Bioethics for Students, 2006
                   Dr.
Pope John Paull II (Familiaris consortio) and Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith
                                   (Donum vitae)
“every action which, in anticipation
     of the conjugal act, or in its
     accomplishment, or in the
     development of its natural
 consequences, proposes, whether
 as an end or as a means, to render
      procreation impossible”

				
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