ENGLISH NFP MANUAL
A Concise Manual of Natural Family Planning
The Sympto-Thermal Method and Ecological Breast-feeding
by Jozef and Simona Predac
The manual contains the following chapters:
• 1. The sympto-thermal method
• 2. Symptoms of fertility, their observation and charting
• 3. Rules for determining the start of Phase III, post-ovulation infertility
• 4. Rules for determing the end of Phase I, pre-ovulation infertility
• 5. Chart interpretation
• 6. Special situations
• 7. Achieving pregnancy and estimated date of birth
• 8. The return of fertility after childbirth
• 9. Pre-menopause and menopause
• 10. The effectiveness of the STM
• 11. NFP - a way of life
The book is a translation, revised by John and Sheila Kippley, the founders of CCL, of the Czech edition published in 2006. This is in turn a revised translation of the original Slovak edition published in 2005. The founders give the following endorsement of the book:
We congratulate Jozef and Simona Predac for the production of this
highly informative manual.
As the title indicates, it is a concise manual. The authors have taken
the key information from our longer manual, The Art of Natural Family
Planning, included other information from European sources, and
produced a manual that is concise and still very complete.
Natural family planning touches on the most important areas in the
lives of married couples - love, marriage, faith, sexuality, family and child
rearing. We are pleased that this manual is not just about the details of
fertility and infertility but also encompasses these other important and
rich dimensions of married life.
We hope that this book will be widely used, not only in Slovakia, but
further afield too.
John and Sheila Kippley
August 15, 2007
The book is intended principally as a basis for translation into further European (and other) languages. It could then act as a unifying factor in the existing CCL branches in Europe. Its conciseness lends itself to ease and rapidity of translation, minimises production costs and so makes the manual eminently suitable as an instrument for setting up new CCL branches in additional countries.
The book contains 128 pages, measures 159 x 234 mm (6.3 x 9.2"), set in 12pt Souvenir with two-colour printing.
Practical Applications Workbook
for applying the sympto-thermal rules used by the Couple to Couple League (Europe)
The workbook contains 18 charts, on which CCL course participants practice applying the STM rules to standard and exceptional cycle charts. They are equally suitable for home study. At the beginning there is a summary of definitions, technical terms and rules. The first chart is a model STM record with the correct analysis drawn in in red. The correct interpretation and analysis of the other charts is at the end of the booklet. The workbook contains 48 pages and has the same format as the manual.
The manual and workbook are joined by a removable paper band and are supplied only together as a single unit.
Sympto-thermal observation charts
The chart booklet is the same size as the manual and workbook, but in landscape format. The charts take up two pages each. A summary of the rules is included. The 14 blank charts usually suffice for a year’s records.
As stated, these books are primarily intended for translation purposes, so that the print-run is only 100 copies. However, if anyone is interested in obtaining a copy, the suggested minimum donation (to cover printing and shipping costs) is: for US residents $30, for UK residents 16 pounds and for Irish residents 20 euro. The donation should be sent to the national collection points to minimise bank charges. For more information see: How to support our work financially. Residents of other countries please write directly to David Prentis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Couple to Couple League in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
How to Support our Work Financially
The Couple to Couple League International, Inc. (CCLI)
Natural Family Planning International, Inc. (NFPI)
The Couple to Couple League in Europe