Infertility presents couples with an unexpected cross. Marriage is inherently called to bring forth new life, and those couples unable to conceive suffer from this unfulfilled, natural human desire. There is hope. The Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System, used in conjunction with NaPro TECHNOLOGY – a medical approach cooperating with natural hormonal balance of the human body, can increase a couple’s potential to conceive a child.
Updated websites for the Manhattan and St. Peter’s Gianna Centers are listed below.
Gianna Centers – Healthcare for Women
The Gianna Centers provide comprehensive gynecologic primary care and specialized fertility and family planning techniques to uncover the causes of infertility for all women. Some Gianna Centers offer NaPro TECHNOLOGY, which is the natural alternative to assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization. NaPro TECHNOLOGY is a Church-approved fertility treatment in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Staff by friendly, licensed professionals, the Gianna Centers esteem woman’s healthcare and they remain deeply committed to honoring a woman’s dignity and the sanctity of human life.
Area Gianna Centers that offer initial consultations for infertility and recurrent miscarriage and provide NaPro TECHNOLOGY include the Centers listed below. For more information or to schedule an appointment at one of the Centers, visit their website:
Catholic Health Services of Long Island Centers:
- New York City Gianna Center in Manhattan
- Long Island Gianna Center in Babylon, NY
- Rockville Centre Gianna Center
Saint Peter’s Gianna Center (Somerset, NJ) Website: https://sppanj.com/services/gianna-center/
MorningStar Family Health Center (Clinton, NJ) Website: www.morningstarfhc.com
Gianna Center of Albany Website: www.giannaofalbany.com
SPRINGS IN THE DESERT
Springs in the Desert is a Catholic apostolate founded by Kimberly Henkel, PhD and Ann Koshute, MTS. Their shared experience of infertility and the isolation it breeds led them to found this ministry to provide spiritual and emotional support and accompaniment to those carrying infertility’s heavy burden. For more information visit www.springsinthedesert.org.
Monthly Support Group at the Manhattan Gianna Center
The Manhattan Gianna Center for Women’s Catholic Healthcare (15 East 40th Street Ste. 101) offers a FREE monthly support group on the third Thursday of each month. These meetings allow women to discuss their feelings with other women who are also struggling with infertility. Reading material on infertility is provided and discussed. Any woman can attend; they do not need to be patients of the center nor Catholic. Please call (212) 481-1219 for more information. Some meetings are cancelled if turn out is low, so be sure to contact them ahead of time.
Additional Articles and Resources
- New Hope in Infertility by Dr. Anne Nolte, M.D.
- Embracing the Cross of Infertility by Dr. Marie Meaney
- Facing infertility: A journey of faith, hope and love by Mary Louise Kurey
- Dealing with Infertility: A Guide for Catholics by Julie Kelemen
- The Infertility Companion for Catholics by Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria
- Infertility Journey by Jeannie & Bruce Hannemann
- Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology: a statement published by the USCCB, November 17, 2009.
- Catholic Infertility Prayers
- General Infertility Prayers
St. Gianna Mass
The St. Gianna Mass is a beautiful liturgy celebrated for couples who have or currently are struggling with infertility or recurrent miscarriage. Gathered in a solidarity of hope, couples are invited to experience the healing graces of the Eucharist, followed by fellowship and an opportunity to meet a healthcare professional from the Gianna Center for Women’s Healthcare. If you would like to host a St. Gianna Mass in your area, contact Vincent DaSilva at (646) 794-3168 or email him at email@example.com. The St. Gianna Masses are co-sponsored by the Family Life Office and the Gianna Center for Catholic Women’s Healthcare.