Franciscan day, papal blessings, anniversary, conference
June 3, 2019
Mosquito Club students see historic military aircraft
June 5, 2019
Show all

New FAM co-ordinator to work with teachers and couples

The Marriage and Family Life Commission has appointed a new Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM) co-ordinator to work with Natural Family Planning (NFP) teachers and couples across the Diocese of East Anglia. 

The new FAM co-ordinator is Vicky Black who read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and stayed on for a PhD and post-doc, studying ancient changes in climate and ocean chemistry.

She is now an editor for a large scientific journal, and lives in Cambridge with her two small children and husband. 

Vicky said: “I found NFP to be a very practical way of deepening our understanding of the Church’s beautiful teaching on the nature of marriage. I also loved learning the science behind NFP, and feel very empowered having a tool that helps me understand so much about how my body functions. I’m always going to be addicted to graphs: I love collecting and interpreting data, and helping other people to do it well! 

Vicky’s role is to coordinate all the NFP teacher in the Diocese and to ensure that Catholics (those preparing for marriage and those already married) can access all of the available FAM methods: Billings, Sympto-Thermal and Creighton.

What are Fertility Awareness Methods?

Fertility Awareness Methods are the practice of observing a woman’s signs of fertility and interpreting them to determine her fertile and infertile days. This information can be used for family planning – in each cycle, spouses can make a joint decision about conceiving or avoiding pregnancy.  

Fertility awareness methods are modern and science-based. They rely on observing external signs which reflect exactly what is going on inside woman’s body. They are 99% effective in avoiding pregnancy when used correctly.  In addition, they can help achieve pregnancy since they enable couples to identify their fertile window. It has been reported that amongst those using those methods and trying to conceive 80% will achieve pregnancy within six months.

Woman can use fertility awareness methods throughout their reproductive years. Those methods do not depend on cycle length and do not require woman to have regular cycles; they can also be used when breastfeeding or nearing menopause. Moreover, fertility awareness methods help monitor reproductive health and can help detect cycle abnormalities (eg short luteal phase).

Fertility awareness methods are different to contraception as marital intimacy always remains open to life. Respecting naturally occurring cycles, couples adjust their behaviour and cooperate with God’s given gift of fertility.

The methods are natural and have no side effects. They do not alter the natural functioning of the reproductive system but respect the natural fertility cycle.

For more information please visit the diocese website and look for fertility awareness methods in the marriage and family life section. Or contact Vicky Black directly at:

Pictured above is new FAM co-ordinator Vicky Black.




Send this to a friend