Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Creighton Model Practitioner Training: We Did It!

I know you're all sitting on the edges of your seats, waiting to hear how Creighton Model practitioner training went.

Guys, we did it!

Stephanie + Sew = brandy new practitioner interns <3

8 days and 7 nights of learning, studying, sleeping, rinsewash&repeat.

They don't call that bad boy an immersion course for nothing, I tell ya.

Sew and I arrived the night before classes started and settled into the house we were borrowing, AKA a priest's house. He was out of town. On an unrelated note, he also apparently stores old dead fish in his fridge, so we had to use the backyard and (thank Heavens) the low, wintery temps as our refrigerator for the week, to avoid our food absorbing that stink and gagging over fishy smells every time we opened the refrigerator door. I do not joke, folks. It was smmmelllllly. But mostly hilarious. I digress.

After settling, we met our teachers and three other classmates for a pizza dinner. Turns out, not only was a blessed to be taking this course with Sew, I was also blessed to be taking it with a blog reader!! (Hi, Stephanie!) Crazy small Creighton world.

From there, it was just a whirlwind. The first two days of classes are Anatomy & Physiology ON STEROIDS. Vulva this, ovulation that, estrogen and progesterone and pituitary gland, OH MY! So much to learn and so little time. But we did it! On day three, we took a big, fat mid-training Anatomy & Physiology test and ROCKED it. It felt so good. Then we went on to learn all about charting mucus, working with clients, how to keep a good record of our teaching, and all the other nitty gritties that come with the life of a practitioner. Basically, it was more information overload. But we absorbed it and came out on the other end ready to do this thing. We ACED our final exams, felt huge weights lift from our shoulders, and headed on our merry way back to our hometowns, excited to take on our first clients.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't wee bit scared. I totally am. I'm afraid of taking on too much at once. I'm afraid of messing up somehow. I'm especially afraid of not being able to find enough clients in the east Tennessee area once we move.

But none of that is worth fretting over. Yet.

We're still in the prepping phase now. We teach our first Introductory Session next weekend (eek!) and then get the ball rolling from there. Lucky for us, we've connected with the NaPro doc here in Memphis, so he's basically handing us a gazillion clients ready to go. It's pretty amazing. And scary. But mostly amazing.

Practicing the Intro Session

I get to teach women about the beauty of our natural cycles. About God's perfect design for our bodies. And how, with just a few extra observations each day, we can know so much about our gynecological health.

I'm seriously going to be opening some eyes, people.

My new job rocks. :)

And if I wasn't sure enough that this was a Divine calling, check out what God planted right in my face the day I returned from training...

At Mass on Sunday, I hear this responsorial psalm: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will. 

Yup, sounds about right.

And then the Second Reading was all about... well here, just read it:

Brothers and sisters:
The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord,
and the Lord is for the body;
God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.
Avoid immorality.
Every other sin a person commits is outside the body,
but the immoral person sins against his own body.
Do you not know that your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you have been purchased at a price.
Therefore glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6: 13C-15A, 17-20
(Emphasis in bold by me.)

I mean, if St. Paul wasn't speaking to the NFP teachers of his time, I don't know who he was talking to!!!

I kid, I kid. I'm sure lots of folks heard lots of different things in this glorious reading this past Sunday, but my heart was looking for confirmation in my new role as a FertilityCare Practitioner Intern. And it definitely got it. Thanks God!

Gosh, pretty sure "Therefore glorify God in your body" needs to be my new tagline or motto or something.

Oh, and if you have no idea what any of this Creighton/NaPro mumbo jumbo is about, call me up, email me, let me know. I'll tell ya all about the Creighton Model and then some. You're gonna love it.

And if you do know what I'm talking about, THANK YOU! Thank you for the support, the encouragement, the prayers. I would not have made it through, heck, I wouldn't have even gone if it weren't for all of your cheerleading and gentle nudges along the way. You guys rock.

Now here goes nothin'!


  1. I am so happy to hear that your first EP went well! I remember those days well and fondle. I also remember the fear. But, in the words of St. John Paul II, "Be not afraid." Teaching CrMS is the best!

    1. *I meant fondly NOT fondle.* LOL

    2. Best autocorrect on a blog I've seen in forever. LOL! :P

    3. Oh, if only I could blame autocorrect. It is more that my brain types faster then my fingers.

    4. Hahaha, ladies! You're cracking me up!

      Thanks for the encouragement, Mrs. Fitz!! And it's so great to hear that you're still enjoying teaching today. :) Hope my excitement never wears off!

  2. YAYYY!!!!! Ok, now I don't feel so badly for egging you on and tagging a million people to gang up on you and to be like YOU KNOW YOU LOVE MUCUS - C'MON!!!

    So glad you had such a wonderful time. I have heard how intense EP1 is. And I've also heard that if you come out of it feeling wonderful (like you *clearly* do), then that's a good sign for what is to come.

    I'm just going to sit back and watch God provide some awesomeness to you in that Memphis doctor and all those gazillion clients he sends your way. I bet you will give a killer intro session. Way to go, Steph (and Sew) (and other Stephanie) ! :)

    1. Awww, best cheerleader ever!! Thanks for being so positive and encouraging. :) Makes me look forward to this work even more. Once you settle in Ireland, I'll be your biggest cheerleader, you just wait! And you're prob gonna love EP1. Intense, yes, but also insanely awesome. If you're passionate about what you're learning, it makes it very enjoyable, even with all the cramming and studying. Good stuff!

  3. Congratulations! So awesome! (Though not the fish part, lol). I know you and Sew are going to make awesome FCPs!

  4. I am so glad you finished EP1 and are on fire :) I remember how intense it all was and how all of us were looking at each other like "what the heck did we get ourselves into?" Especially during the evening study sessions after being in class all day long! Can't wait to hear more about how it's going as you go through the process.

    1. Yeah, those evening study sessions were sometimes tough! Just keeping the energy up to study after spending all day learning. Oof. Sometimes it was a struggle. But all so worth it! Where did you do your training, btw?

  5. Hi Stephanie!! :) Great post! I think we are all feeling the same excitement intermingled with nervousness that you are. Did you see today's Psalm reading?? There's a recurring theme! :) What a blessing it was to meet you and the rest of our class. I feel like we have a CrMS/NaPRO family in Tennessee now!

    1. I'm starting to wonder if D chose last that week for training because it coincided with those readings. :P I kid! And yes, a huge blessing to be with all of you awesome ladies! Can't wait to see where this journey takes all of us. <3

  6. Awesome! So glad you did well and enjoyed it! You will do great! And i love that idea for a tag line. :-)

    1. Ooohhh, glad you like it. :) When I get a website up and running, that tagline'll have to be on there somewhere! And thanks for the encouragement!

  7. Fantastic! Way to go! I really, really hope that more and more people want to learn about this, not just as a way of tracking fertility, but as a way of knowing how their bodies are responding to things. Knowing what's going on in your cycle says a lot about what's going on with overall health! I think I would have discovered my issues with wheat and dairy sooner if I had realized some of the signs. I'm so glad that you're joining the ranks of educators to get this important information out there!


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