THE MARQUETTE METHOD
of Natural Family Planning
Virtual and In-person class options in Grand Rapids, Michigan with
Amanda Solt, BSN, RN, MMCP and
Rosemary MacKenzie, BSN, RN, CEN, MMCP
The Marquette Method is a type of natural family planning (NFP). Couples observe and track signs of fertility. Equipped with that information, couples can then change their behaviors to avoid or achieve pregnancy.
The Marquette Method uses two main indicators to determine fertility: cervical mucus observations and urinary hormone measurements. One or both signs are tracked based on user preference, and then combined with a simple protocol to determine the days pregnancy is possible.
We offer a variety of class options and services to meet your needs. Online classes are conducted through a secure video meeting platform.
All class options include individual follow-up for a minimum of 1 full year, and lifetime access to online course documents is included.
You will learn how to use the Clearblue fertility monitor in the introductory class: fertility monitor and testing supplies are not included in the price of the class. You can find testing supplies links here. You do not need to have a fertility monitor before taking a class.
Meet with your instructor one-on-one and review the specific protocols for your unique situation. Follow-ups will be scheduled depending on your needs. This class is great for anyone, and ideal for women with irregular cycles, those who are postpartum, breastfeeding, in perimenopause, or have PCOS. Follow-up is included for a minimum of one year from the class date. Class content includes the introduction to the Marquette Method, and any special instructions you may need. These classes do not include instructions for the Mira monitor (more information). Marriage prep certificate available upon request with completion of marriage prep requirements.
Price is per couple.
Class time 60-90 minutes.
We offer two different group class options, the Standard Intro Class and the Breastfeeding Intro Class (details below). Meet with your instructor and up to five other couples in an online meeting. Individual, unlimited follow-up for your personal needs is included for a minimum of 1 year from the class date. Class content includes the introduction to the Marquette Method. These classes do not include instructions for the Mira monitor (more information).
Price is per couple.
Class time 60-90 minutes.
Standard / Marriage Prep
The standard intro group class includes the introductory class content and optional marriage preparation (marriage prep info). This class is a good fit for women with regular cycles, engaged couples, postpartum women who are not breastfeeding, or breastfeeding women who have had 4 or more periods since their baby was born. Follow-up meetings are usually scheduled at 1, 3, and 6 months of charting, or more or less often depending on your needs.
The breastfeeding intro group class includes the introductory class content, as well as special instructions for postpartum and breastfeeding women. This class is a good fit for women who are breastfeeding and have had 3 or fewer periods since their baby was born. Follow-up meetings are individualized and scheduled depending on length of time postpartum, breastfeeding frequency, and number of cycles.
For current or past users of the Marquette Method who have had formal instruction and are looking for ongoing support. Includes an initial 30-minute consult call and unlimited follow-up for 1 year for clients new to Whole Mission. Current or previous Whole Mission clients can contact their instructor to schedule at the renewal price. This option does not include instructions for the Mira monitor (more information).
FOLLOW-UP WITHOUT THE FEES
All follow-up meetings are included with the registration fee, and there are no limits to follow-ups in the first year!
You can schedule these sessions with your instructor individually after the introductory class, and are typically conducted at 1 month, 6 months, and 12 months of charting, or more or less often as needed.
Questions that arise between meetings are answered by email or phone based on instructor preference.
INTRODUCTION TO THE MARQUETTE METHOD
New users of the Marquette Method will learn the basics of fertility, natural family planning, and how to apply the Marquette Method in regular cycles to either avoid or achieve pregnancy.
Couples who are expecting or have recently had a baby and would like to avoid pregnancy will learn how to apply the Marquette Method breastfeeding protocols. Additional follow-up is offered to breastfeeding women through 6 cycles of charting.
Couples who require a certificate of completion for marriage preparation can schedule a second session with their instructor to look more closely at special circumstances that may arise through the reproductive years and discuss the benefits of natural family planning within marriage.
A certificate of completion will be provided after the couple has completed 2 follow-up meetings.
LOVE YOUR SPOUSE FULLY
Using Natural Family Planning allows you to give yourself fully to your spouse without placing any barriers, whether chemical or physical, between each other. This means your love is authentic and respects the truth of the human person.
AVOID PREGNANCY EFFECTIVELY
The Marquette Method has demonstrated high effectiveness for couples avoiding pregnancy in several studies, with typical use effectiveness over 98% among women in regular cycles.
HELP ACHIEVE PREGNANCY
Charting your fertility will help you identify your most fertile days, and can reduce the time to achieve pregnancy, or help you time conception better. Knowing your peak in fertility can even give you a better estimate of your due date.
KNOW YOUR BODY AND YOUR HEALTH
Healthy cycles are a strong indicator of overall health. Some health issues can be identified in charting, and Marquette instructors, as healthcare professionals, are able to give you recommendations within their scope of practice and guide you on where to find medical treatment that respects your fertility.