To fulfill the requirements to get married in Peoria, IL, my husband and I had to learn a system of Natural Family Planning (NFP). And being a good Catholic I just figured I wanted to know how to NOT be pregnant all the time. I knew of a few options, but my friend highly endorsed the Creighton Model FertilityCare System (CrMS) and the fact that it was based on observations alone (no ovulation monitors/strips or temperature taking) sold me. In the meantime, I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. We married and I moved an hour away from Peoria.
We were very satisfied with the results of CrMS as I successfully became pregnant three times (1st cycles of trying) and also successfully avoided pregnancy 100% to our discretion. However, in Springfield we found ourselves far away from FertilityCare services. A simple suggestion was made that I become a FertilityCare Practitioner (FCP). Immediately this appealed to me, but I thought when I returned to work it would be in the counseling profession, you know to use that advanced degree that was “getting dusty”.
It started to become clear to me just how perfect the counseling profession compliments CrMS instruction. I had already developed the listening skills and was comfortable with private sessions detailing the complexities of individual women/couples. With the CrMS instruction, I would have a priceless tool that promoted wellness and healthy relationships; the icing on the cake.
Whereas most of my FCP classmates were working out of medical or church offices, it seemed creating my own business was the best step to take in order to provide these combined services. “The Salve Regina Center” was developed by way of inspiration and has been progressively growing ever since. Salve Regina means “Hail Holy Queen” and this traditional Marian prayer is the perfect lens through which I hope to operate. I entrust all clients and their unique situations to Our Holy Mother so that our Lord loving hears our pleas; that they are made known to Him in the most perfect way which only Mary knows how to do. Thereby we may all be filled with graces, especially hope, peace, and joy.
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