Franciscan Fertility Education and Support Program

Fertility Education Classes

Click here for information about upcoming Creighton Model, SymptoPro and Intro to NFP classes.

Creighton Model

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is an international network of morally and professionally acceptable reproductive health services providing a means through which a couple may either achieve or avoid a pregnancy. FertilityCare System can be used throughout the woman’s entire reproductive years.

The ninety minute Creighton Model Introductory Session introduces its use and application.
Cost: $55
Contact Georgia Schmitz at or call 616-822-6347.


Similar to the Creighton Model, Sympto Pro can be used throughout the fertile lifespan to detect days of fertility and infertility. It is offered in a series of sessions. Cost for the class includes the full three session series, basic chart review for the first six cycles, and unlimited brief online or email consultations.  No further classes are required.

Cost:  $145
Contact Laura Chapin at 616-319-3841 or email

Introduction to NFP/FABM

This one-time session is perfect for anyone looking for basic information about Natural Family Planning, also known as a Fertility Awareness Based Method (FABM) of family planning. The introduction will cover the basics of how FABMs work, effectiveness, differences between the various methods, and some basic Church teachings. Attendees will not learn a specific method but will be able to make an informed decision when selecting a course of instruction. This introduction may also help fulfill marriage preparation requirements.

Cost: $20 Individuals  $30 Couples  Fee waived for clergy.
Questions? Contact Laura Chapin at 616-319-3841 or email
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New! in the midst Infertility Support Retreat

March 7, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lowell Campus

Have you experienced difficulty getting pregnant or repeated miscarriages?  Join us for a retreat for couples struggling with the effects of both primary and secondary infertility.  This includes couples who have been unable to conceive, couples who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those struggling to add more children to their families.

We encourage couples to attend together to process grief related to infertility and develop strategies to strengthen their marriage in the midst of such a difficult time.

Our three areas of focus include Grief and Loss in the midst of Infertility, Strong Marriages in the midst of Infertility, and Fruitfulness in the midst of Infertility.

Questions?  Please contact Laura Chapin at

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Fertility Education Staff

Georgia Schmitz BSN, CFCP, RN

Georgia Schmitz comes to the Franciscan Life Process Center with a background in Nursing as a graduate of Grand Valley State University in 1999. Throughout her nursing career, Georgia has been able to gain experience in geriatrics, pediatric rehabilitation, surgical intensive care, brain injury rehabilitation and  more recently fertility care.

Georgia feels the opportunity to join the Life Process Center staff was an answer to prayer since it was the Franciscans who planted the seed of passion for Life and Natural Family Planning many years ago at a Humanae Vitae conference she attended with her husband. In a search for answers following three miscarriages, Georgia was introduced to the Creighton Model and NaProTechnology. Her suffering gave birth to a deep compassion for those struggling with fertility issues; she felt called to become certified as a FertilityCare Practitioner. For the last 5 years, Georgia has been educating couples about the Creighton Model and referring for NaProTechnology interventions. She is excited to unite her professional path and personal mission with that of the Franciscan Life Process Center.

Professional Memberships: American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals

Laura Chapin, LMSW

Laura Chapin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan and completed her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. She has worked as a child and family therapist with families impacted by foster care or adoption. When Laura was introduced to SymproPro, she immediately knew she wanted to be able to share this knowledge with others. She is eager to combine her love of supporting families with her passion for fertility education.