(Closed) NFP – Did you take the class? Help!

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my fiance and i took the class because it was a requirement for us. at first, neither of us was really interested in doing it, but once we learned about it and got the hang of it, we decided to stick with it.

there were 3 other couples in our class and our teaching couple was very good. it wasn’t awkward or uncomfortable for anyone. i expected the guys to be a little uncomfortable, but they were all really interested and asked good questions; they all seemed to really want to learn about it. when we first got our nfp book (a couple months before we started our class), my fiance didn’t even want to say the words “cervical mucus,” lol. but by the end of our first class, he was completely at ease with the whole thing and now he checks out my charts and if he notices a weird temperature or something, he’ll ask about it and if i’m not sure about something, i’ll ask him what he thinks. i think the class has brought us closer together.

i definitely think it’s a good idea to go to thru the class even if it’s just to confirm that you are doing it correctly and you may even learn a few new things. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We took the class.  Even though our teaching couple was the most awkward couple we’ve encountered in a while, it was way more helpful to take the class.  Now any contact I have with our teaching couple is via e-mail.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

My warning (learn from our error): Make sure it’s an accredited class! We didn’t do the legwork on our end ahead of time (didn’t know we should have!) to double check that our “instructor” was certified in the method(s) she taught us. Come to find out after we’d already paid and gone to three months of classes that she’s not even certified through any of the major NFP method communities (CCL, Billings etc.) yet she was teaching STM and Billings (handing out charts, stickers etc. and advising on our data)– boo. Now we realize we got some cobbled together, outdated “rules” for TTA/TTC and are scrambling to figure out a plan B ahead of the wedding.

CCL and Billings for sure have databases of teachers that you can cross reference with the name of the point person in your diocese.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@purpeley:  if you go to ccli.org, you can search for classes/instructors in your area. the instructors that our parish use are listed on that website and that’s how we signed up for our class. everyone on there is certified to teach nfp.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@purpeley:  Any of the major methods will have a good instructor database on their website.  I know for sure CCL and Creighton do.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2013

CCL and Billings for sure have databases of teachers that you can cross reference with the name of the point person in your diocese

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@purpeley:  I would take it if it were offered by my parish. I dont think its going to be discussing what positions you have sex in or anything that intimate. I imagine it would be fairly clinical. If you have an interest in NFP I would def take the class. Good luck! 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@purpeley:  It honestly came down to which instructors were in our area–pretty much CCL only without a long drive.  :-/

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We didn’t take the class.  First, it isn’t required by our diocese or the church in which we’ll get married.  But more specifically, I do not learn well in a class environment.  I don’t learn well by listening.  I learn by doing, and then by asking specific questions when I don’t understand something. 

Shortly after we got engaged, I got two books about sympto-thermal (TCOYF and another one whose name I can’t remember), read them, and started temping and checking mucus.  My best friend has been using sympto-thermal NFP for two and a half years now, and she and I have no problem talking about it.  Once I have 3-4 months of charting done, I’m going to bring my charts over to her and see if she agrees with my analysis, but I’m pretty confident in what I’ve done so far.  It does help that my fiance and I both want a big family and would be thrilled if I were to get pregnant in the first few months, of course; we don’t have a serious reason to avoid, so I might be a little more concerned than I am (which I’m not at all) if we did.  Still, my charts are pretty clear, as are my symptoms.  If they weren’t, I would meet with an actual teaching couple, or consider using a different method.

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