Franciscan Fertility Education and Support Program

Fertility Education Classes

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

Creighton FertilityCare

  • A mucus-only method of NFP
  • Couples attend a group introductory session
  • Couples then participate in 5-8 individual in-person follow up meetings with instructor
  • Full year package: $350
  • Introductory session only: $60

Questions? Contact Georgia Schmitz at or call 616-822-6347.


  • A sympto-thermal method of NFP
  • Couples attend 3 group classes over the course of 1 month
  • Unlimited lifetime phone/email chart review and support
  • Full package: $195

Questions? Contact Laura Chapin at 616-319-3841 or email

Introduction to NFP/FABM

  • Introductory class with basic information about NFP
  • Covers how the modern, research-based methods work
  • Includes effectiveness for avoiding pregnancy
  • Explains differences between the various methods
  • Reviews basic Church teachings
  • May help fulfill marriage preparation requirements
  • Cost: $25/individual, $40/couple

Questions? Contact Laura Chapin at 616-319-3841 or email

in the midst Infertility Support Series

Have you been experiencing infertility? Have you had difficulty getting pregnant or repeated miscarriages? Join us for our professionally facilitated 3-part series designed specifically for couples struggling with the effects of both primary and secondary infertility.

October 5, 2020 7-9pm Grief and Loss in the midst of Infertility
November 2, 2020 7-9pm Strong Marriages in the midst of Infertility
December 7, 2020 7-9pm Fruitfulness in the midst of Infertility

$85/couple for the 3-part series. Register here.

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.