Natural family planning service ‘allows God’s plan to prevail’

By Veronika Cox

A commitment to the process of natural family planning has brought peace and joy to the relationship of a New Town couple.

Sacred Heart parishioners Traci-Lee and Colin Mosca attended Natural Fertility Services Tasmania to learn the Sympto-Thermal Method of planning.

The method is based on understanding the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the female menstrual cycle and charting these observations to work out times of fertility and infertility.

“We are both strongly against contraception and abortion and therefore set out to learn about natural family planning and interpreting women’s natural fertility cycle, which God made perfectly for us,” Mrs Mosca explained.

“The awareness of your body’s natural fertility cycle, coupled with the ability for husband and wife to experience this awareness together, places your thoughts and feelings on the same page.”

Mrs Mosca said although it was a little difficult at first, the couple became excited to interpret the charts and correctly recognise the non-fertile and fertile days as the months went on.

“The learning materials provided are very informative and easy to read and use,” she said.

“No question felt too silly, and they were answered with trustworthy knowledge and expertise from the facilitators.”

Client Educator Julianna Smith said natural forms of family planning were becoming more popular because they were free from artificial devices and chemicals.

“People are increasingly becoming more concerned about their health and what they put into their bodies,” she noted.

“Natural family planning is used by Catholics as it is in keeping with Church teaching regarding marriage and contraception.”

The service, which officially launched in August last year, now has a number of clients both from within the Catholic community and outside of it.

Mr and Mrs Mosca said the best thing about the natural family planning method was that it allowed God’s plan to prevail.

“You, as a couple, are still open to the miracle of life,” they explained.

“No chemicals, no contraception pills that can close your marriage down to God’s plan for your lives together. Just tapping in and reading the manual or body’s handbook of how to recognise the non-fertile days and the fertile days, and then show unconditional love in different ways, based on your shared decision.”

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