Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for various methods of charting a woman’s natural signs of fertility in order that the married couple may achieve or postpone pregnancy. NFP methods are inexpensive, become a normal part of a couple’s daily routine, and can assist the woman in general health awareness.  NFP works with a couple’s fertility, not against it.  Engaged or married couples interested in learning NFP are encouraged to enroll in a certified course of study of which there are several in our area. For answers to common questions about NFP and Catholic teaching please click here to visit the USCCB.

Kristin Detloff is a member of our parish family living here in Pella.  She’s been a fertility educator since 2007 and currently teaches SymptoPro Fertility Education, a Sympto-Thermal (multi-symptom) method from NWFS. She is currently accepting students and is able to instruct both online or in-person upon request.

Learn more and/or sign up for an online class at:
She can also be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (641) 204-2367.

If you have any questions about taking a class or would like to learn more about the different types of instruction available in our area give Kristin a call. She is aware of the available options and would be more then willing to help you find whichever method would work best for you.

Surrounding Area
There are several NFP methods and instructors teaching in the Des Moines Diocese.  Please visit their Natural Family Planning directory for more information. 

For support in living the NFP lifestyle see Living The Sacrament: A Catholic NFP Community.