Natural Family Planning

Office of Marriage and Family Life - Deacon Tony Zimmerman

Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church's total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means "instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way" (Familiaris consortio, #35).

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.

NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.   

  “Used with permission from the NFP Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”


For additional information regarding NFP, please contact the Archdiocesan Family Life Office
913-721-1570       Email:


Helpful NFP websites:  (Laity and Family)


NFP Instructors and Physicians

The two methods taught in the Archdiocese are the Creighton Model (CrM) Fertility Care System and the Couple to Couple League (ST) Sympto-Thermal Method.


Atchison Region        

Dr. Jim and Dr. Jennifer Madden, PhD (ST)

Marla Daugherty, FCP (CrM)

Darrin & Dina Muggli
1707 Arrowhead Dr.
Atchison, KS  66002-3312

Southern Region             

Richard and Janet Haag (ST)

Dave & Christine Downey (ST)

Johnson County Region    

FertilityCare Center of KC  (CrM)

Providence Medical Center
NFP services provided
Kansas City, KS  913-596-4281

Michael & Emily Krordak (ST)

Dr. Patrick Herrick, MD, PhD FCMCI
NFP Physician 913-782-7515
15435 W. 134th St.  Olathe, KS 66062

Dr. Ann Smith, MD, FCMCI
Medical Consultant 913-782-2510
Heartland Family Care
407 S. Clairborne, Ste. 104
Olathe, KS 66062 

Dave and Christine Downey (ST)

Dr. Bruce B. Snider, MD
NFP Physician
Board Certified OB/GYN
Olathe Women's Center

Lawrence Region

John & Shannon Rasmussen (ST)
1406 New Jersey St.
Lawrence, KS  66440-3581

St. Lawrence Center
Serviced by The FertilityCare Center
The Creighton Model FertilityCare System

Leavenworth Region
Deborah Gammill, MD
508 E. Forth St., Tonganoxie
913-369-2353 Family Practice

Donna Stock, RT, CFCP (CrM)
Providence Medical Center
8929 Parallel Pkwy, KC, KS 66112

Miami County
David & Christine Downey (ST)

Nemaha-Marshall Region


Nortonville Region
Please see Lawrence or Topeka

Topeka Region
Mary Stewart, RN, FCP (CrM)

Eric and Dana Runnebaum (ST)

Wyandotte County Region

Donna Stock, RT, CFCP (CrM)
Providence Medical Center
8929 Parallel Pkwy, KC, KS 66112