The Diocese of Des Moines

Natural Family Planning


Within marriage there is a moral responsibility to regulate procreation, but because of the dishonest and immoral nature of atrificial contraception, which has been confirmed in the constant teaching of the Christ and His Church, only natural means of regulating births are morally licit.  The following resources can help couples learn about Natural Family Planning, which is an effective and moral way to participate in God's plan for sexual intimacy:


Fertility Services of Central Iowa:  Creighton Model FertilityCare System


Teachers in the diocese:   Michelle McKernan:  515-225-3261 or (In Council Bluffs) Fertility Care Center of Omaha:  402-392-0842


Couple to Couple League ( - a modern, scientific and highly effective sympto-thermal method of natural family planning that uses a cross-checking system based on three signs of fertility to postpone or achieve pregnancy.


The Main Course is offered in 3 different learning options: Live Onsite, Live Online, or Self-paced Online. Transition courses for Postpartum and Premenopause are also offered. Go to or contact the local teachers below to learn more.


Area teachers:
Kerry & Renee McGuire (English) (515) 278-1623
Mark & Patty Conway (English) (515) 276-0313
Rick & Alexi Dawson (English) (515) 326-1434
Demetrio & Paulina Alamilla (Spanish) (515) 265-1139
Jose & Ana De la Cruz (Spanish) (515) 771-4142
Miguel & Judith Calderon (Spanish & English) (515) 979-7951

Billings Ovulation Method or Billings Ovulation Method USA

Teachers in the diocese:  Betty McGehe:  515-240-2751 (Spanish in Council Bluffs) - Yolanda Bello-Bogdanyi 712-322-5378


Northwest Family Services:  Symto-Thermal Method


Teachers in the diocese: Kristin Detloff (In Pella). Kristin can be contacted at 641-204-2367 or at  For more information visit their website at                                         


Online courses are also available in English or Spanish through the Couple to Couple league and the Billings Ovulation Method can be learned online through Marriage Ministries.  Also, couples can learn the Sympto Thermal Method through Northwest Family Services. 


Home study courses are available in English or Spanish through the Couple to Couple league and through the Billings Ovulation Method.


Des Moines has a NFP supportive Family Practice Clinic at Vitae Family Care.  This clinic is run by Dr. Gregory McKernan, and his clinic is committed to quality medical care consistent with Catholic teaching.


For more information about NFP and NFP doctors and teachers, please visit the webiste One More Soul.  For more information about the NFP lifestyle, please visit the website Living the Sacrament.


For more local information, contact Adam Storey in the diocesan Marriage Ministry Office at 515-237-5056 or e-mail him at