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.”