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FEMM (Fertility Education and Medical Management) Training and National NFP Awareness Week

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Natural Family Planning Program (NFP) Director, Batrice Adcock, recently trained as an instructor with a new method of fertility awareness called FEMM (Fertility b2ap3_thumbnail_FEMM-course-pic.-spring-2017.jpgEducation and Medical Management).  Pictured here are Adcock and her first group of course attendees from the Catholic Campus Ministry Program at Appalachian State University in Boone.

FEMM is a natural method of family planning, but it’s primary purpose is to educate women in health management.  FEMM is a comprehensive women’s health program that:


  • teaches women to understand their bodies and how to recognize hormonal and other vital signs of health.
  • provides women with support through its free FEMM Health App to track their health and reproductive goals.
  • provides accurate medical testing and treatment based on new research and medical protocols.
  • continues to conduct research to provide women with the latest diagnostic tools and treatments for their health.
  • offers training to individuals so that they can teach FEMM health tracking to women and training to medical professionals in the FEMM methods and protocols.


FEMM has a strong program for teens that teaches and encourages healthy living.  Adcock will be providing workshops around the diocese for teen girls and their mothers, combining this teaching with chastity education.

Adcock is also completing a certification program through the Theology of the Body Institute ( and desires to combine FEMM’s program for healthy living, which makes use of fertility awareness, with concepts of the feminine genius and Theology of the Body.

“Feminine genius” is a term attributed to Saint Pope John Paul II.  He discusses it in depth in Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women), promulgated in 1988.  Mulieris is a reflection on the spiritual and moral strength of the woman, which makes clear that the Church sees extreme importance in feminine attributes and their potential to build a culture of life.  Mulieris offers women practical ways to apply their feminine genius to the world around them and focuses on four qualities:  receptivity, sensitivity, generosity, and maternity.

It is remarkable that the Church says of women, “The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling” (closing message of the Second Vatican Council).


By Batrice Adcock, 
Natural Family Planning Program Director

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