"How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love." - BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Our highly skilled team is delighted to offer an exciting approach to women’s health care. We provide preventive and specialized obstetrical and gynecologic care to women, honoring their dignity and the sanctity of human life. While we are successfully able to address male infertility as well, we are uniquely qualified to care for women of all ages and at all stages of life.

Named after St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the Gianna of Long Island Center for Women’s Health & Fertility is pleased to feature two unique women’s health services—the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, both of which allow us to provide women with a natural, restorative, scientifically-based approach to improving health and respecting fertility.

Our mission is simple—to acknowledge dignity and to provide women with exceptional medical care. Listening and offering genuine medical advice are our goals. Treatments are holistic and include nutritional, sleep-related, weight-related, endocrinological, behavioral, spiritual and medical components. More information

The program’s medical director, Paul Carpentier, MD, originally trained as a family physician and for the past 25 years has concentrated on women’s health and infertility. A graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Family Practice Residency, he is one of the first family physicians trained in NaProTECHNOLOGY™.

Please be advised that this practice does not provide abortions,sterilizations, contraceptives, artificial reproductive technologies or assisted suicide, nor do we refer for these services.

To read more about this program, click here. For restorative reproductive medicine consultations and care for women of all ages, call (631) 376-3232.

Gianna Center Services

  • Infertility
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Irregular or abnormal bleeding
  • Polycystic ovarian disease
  • Postpartum depression
  • Hormonal abnormalities
  • Health during menopause
  • Pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Male infertility
  • Other women’s health problems

Restorative reproductive medicine (RRM) represents a renewed approach to women’s health disorders that is healing in character and diagnostic in methodology. It is an application of the best in medical and surgical care toward identifying the underlying medical disorder and righting that problem so that the symptoms resolve and the woman’s reproductive system functions normally.

When applied to infertility, RRM enables the physician to identify the underlying cause or causes of the couple’s infertility in 99% of the cases. This approach is able to help the couples achieve a pregnancy in greater than 50% of cases, sometimes as high as 80% for certain causes. Contrasted with artificial reproductive technologies such as intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm infiltration (ICSI), RRM techniques are more effective and associated with much fewer:

  • Premature births
  • Birth defects
  • Maternal complications
  • Twin and multiple pregnancies
  • Pregnancy complications

 

Moreover, patients feel better and are healthier into the future. After achieving their first pregnancy, many, if not most, of these women are able to achieve second and third pregnancies with little or no intervention, because the underlying problem has been identified and rectified.

For more information on Restorative Reproductive Medicine visit www.chsli.org/restorative-reproductive-medicine

Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System


The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System allows women to monitor and understand the day-to-day function of their ovaries. With this easy-to-learn method, women and couples can now:

  • Identify the time of ovulation and possible signs that a woman’s body is not functioning as well as hoped.
  • Identify the signs of a woman’s fertility in order to successfully achieve or avoid a pregnancy according to their unique needs.
  • Expect the following success rates to both achieve and avoid a pregnancy.
  • Fertility-focused intercourse allows 98.5% of couples of normal fertility to achieve a pregnancy within six months (see chart below).*
  • When used to avoid pregnancy, the method is 99.5% effective.*
  • Provide detailed information to a woman’s physician, allowing specially trained physicians to diagnose and treat underlying reproductive and gynecologic disorders using NaProTECHNOLOGY™.

For more information on FertilityCare visit www.chsli.org/fertilitycare

There is perhaps no greater disappointment than that of a couple planning and hoping for children who are never born. Month after month, they navigate the frustration, the hope and the exhausting letdown of not achieving a longed-for pregnancy.

Jesse and Jeanette

Before her journey to overcome infertility, Jeanette Firpo watched someone close to her deal with similar issues. She observed this person suffering from the side effects of powerful hormone injections to encourage ovulation, endure the expense of what was ultimately unsuccessful in vitro fertilization (IVF) and grapple with the moral implications surrounding embryos that were conceived but never implanted in the womb.

Mrs. Firpo felt fortunate that she had learned about another option. Her baby daughter, Laila, was conceived after Mrs. Firpo and her husband, Jessy, were diagnosed and treated by doctors using Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTECHNOLOGY) techniques at CHS’s Gianna Center of Long Island.

“At the Gianna Center, we practice restorative reproductive medicine (RRM) and surgery,” said Medical Director Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC. RRM is a holistic approach that focuses on pinpointing the underlying cause of infertility. Once the cause is identified, doctors recommend medical, surgical and nutritional methods to restore the capabilities of the reproductive system. In contrast, commercial IVF clinics use a one-size-fits-all approach to conception, often without uncovering the underlying problem. Read more

Jennifer and Ryan
For more than a full year after getting married, Jennifer and her husband, Ryan, tried to get pregnant, with no success. The stress weighed on them. “There is so much sadness that goes along with trying, and failing, to get pregnant,” says Jennifer.

A physical therapist, Jennifer knew that she and her husband were at a crossroads. They could have sought medical intervention leading to in vitrofertilization, but they wanted to stay true to their strong Catholic beliefs. Was there a way to find help and not sacrifice their core values?

“Through our Pre-Cana marital preparations, we were introduced to the Creighton Model of natural family planning,” recalls Jennifer, “so we started looking for a doctor who would adhere to Catholic teachings.”

The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System uses NaProTECHNOLOGY™ (NaPro), relying upon the observation and charting of a woman’s biological markers to either become pregnant or avoid pregnancies by showing when she is fertile in her cycle. It is approved by the Church as the acceptable method of family planning.

“We found Dr. Carpentier, and he was able to identify some red flags for me, some possible causes of why I wasn’t getting pregnant. That’s the thing with NaPro and the Creighton Model—they try to fix the underlying problem so you can get pregnant in a more natural way,” says Jennifer.

Dr. Carpentier suspected Jennifer had polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis, two common gynecologic disorders that can affect pregnancy success. With careful charting of her cycle every month, they were able to pinpoint her most fertile days. With simple treatment and after just three months, Jennifer conceived. Nine months after that, the couple’s first child, Caitlyn, was born.

“It was awesome,” Jennifer says. “When Caitlyn was nine months old, we tried to do it on our own and did get pregnant, but miscarried. So we went back to Dr. Carpentier…and we soon had Zachary. Then we had Leah and then Michael. We have four beautiful children.”

To read more testimonials, click here.

Video Testimonials

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A Couple’s Infertility Story

Two Generations of Women’s Health

Our Gianna Center of Long Island for Women’s Health & Fertility is located at 661 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon, NY 11702.

(631) 376-3232

Directions to the Gianna Center of Long Island

Please be advised that this practice does not provide abortions, sterilizations, contraceptives, artificial reproductive technologies or assisted suicide, nor do we refer for these services.

For restorative reproductive medicine consultations and care for women of all ages, please call (631) 376-3232.

For further information visit www.chsli.org/gianna-center-long-island

Catholic Health Services (CHS) now offers a dedicated, interactive website section for the Gianna Center and its pregnancy support services. The Gianna Center based at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers highly specialized restorative reproductive medicine in accordance with Catholic teaching, under the medical direction of Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC. Also, assistance is available for anyone with unexpected or crisis pregnancy through a one-call outreach program connecting to community resources.

At www.chsli.org/pregnancy-support-services, extensive information is provided on the Gianna Center, which was inspired by St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a wife, mother and physician who heroically chose to preserve the lifeof her unborn child. Site visitors can become informed
on the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTECHNOLOGY™, both of which are central to the scientifically-based restorative reproductive medicine treatment. There are also testimonials, background on staff, additional resources and more.
Having an online presence will help to ensure that women across the region have access to these vital services, enabling
them to get treatment that upholds the sanctity of life and honors the dignity of procreation. At the Gianna Center,
exceptional, holistic medical care is given to women of all ages, and male infertility is successfully treated, as well.

Available to women and couples of all faiths, the Gianna Center is located at CHS’s Good Samaritan Hospital, 1000 Montauk Highway, West Islip, and can be reached at 631.376.3232. Directions and a map to this location are available online by visiting www.chsli.org/gianna-center-long-island and navigating to “Contact the Gianna Center of Long Island.”
For anyone with an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, the crisis pregnancy support social worker/navigator can be reached at 1.855.301.4 CHS 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and is supported 24/7 by a team of trained professionals evenings, weekends and holidays.

The confidential, dedicated telephone number for this program is 1 (855) 301-4CHS, supported by the availability of multilingual interpretive services. Anyone of any faith may call or refer to this support line, including representatives of parishes, colleges and crisis pregnancy centers, to facilitate safe, nonjudgmental companioning for women and couples in a crisis pregnancy. To speak to someone about pregnancy options immediately between 7:00 pm and 7:30 am Monday to Friday or on the weekend, please call 1 (800) 712-HELP (4357).

All conversations are confidential. Assistance is offered before, during and after delivery, including medical referrals,
transportation and material assistance. More information can be found at www.chsli.org/pregnancy-support-services on the
“Pregnancy Support Services” page.

FertilityCare™ Practitioner Education Program

The Catholic Health Services Gianna Center for Women’s Health & Fertility is pleased to announce the first FertilityCarePractitioner Education Program on Long Island available to those interested in joining the profession of promoting authentic women’s health care & natural family planning.

The FertilityCare Practitioner Program prepares students to teach the Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMs) and work collaboratively with NaProTechnology medical consultants. The CrMs system works cooperatively with a woman’s cycle to monitor normal and naturally occurring biological markers that identify the fertile and infertile days in her cycle.

The couples use this information to plan or avoid a pregnancy and to monitor a woman’s health.

The 13 month program includes two education phases and two supervised practicum. The onsite course will be held over the course of three weekends Friday- Monday (August, Sept, March) in Huntington New York, with two supervised practicums. 

For more information, contact
Jamey Hutchinson Jamey.Hutchinson@Chsli.org
Or Gianna Center for Women

FertilityCare™ Awareness Classes

The Gianna Center of Long Island for Women’s Health & Fertility provides information on restorative women’s health care to the community. Medical Director Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC, and Jamey Hutchinson, RN, BSN, CFCP, are pleased to offer the following presentations and related topics in support of marriage and families

For more information please call our center at (631) 376-3232.

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