Program helps couple with conception
Chris and Sarah Trate with Samuel
and baby Elizabeth
After suffering a miscarriage and then trying for more than a year to get pregnant again, Sarah Trate believes she found her solution and success in a program that also put her more in touch with what was going on in her body.
"It's not just about
getting pregnant, it's about tracking your health," she says of "NaProTechnology," a program she credits with helping
her successfully have a healthy baby girl in early 2019. The program, which
involves attending classes and monitoring hormones and cycles in detail, was
recommended to Sarah and husband Chris by Tina Reichley, M.D., who completed training in NaPro in
"NaPro uses the
Creighton Model FertilityCare™ to allow a woman to monitor easily and
objectively several different biological markers that are essential to
understanding a woman's health and fertility," says Dr. Reichley.
Trate says she learned
her body wasn't producing enough progesterone to support a pregnancy and carry
a baby to full term. Though she had one child already - Samuel is 4 - she
learned a second child had died in her womb at her first ultrasound. After
that, she avoided using birth control for more than a year, yet still did not
That's when she sought
another infertility solution and found NaPro through a referral to Dr.
Reichley. "Dr. Reichley sat down and talked to me about it. She said some
infertility is common after a miscarriage." She also learned her monthly cycles
were shorter than normal and eventually about the issue with her hormone
Using the program, she
believes she was able to understand when conception was more likely to occur,
and actually predicted her due date within four days.
"It's not just about
getting pregnant," she says of the extensive tracking of her monthly cycles.
"It's about tracking your overall health. We found out we were infertile going
through those cycles. I wasn't necessarily ovulating the same. My body wasn't
producing enough progesterone."
Besides learning her
monthly cycles were shorter than normal, the program helped her with other
issues that could have hindered conception.
Dr. Reichley says NaPro
can help couples avoid pregnancy or know when they have a better chance of
conception. "It works cooperatively with the procreative and gynecologic aspect
of a female's body, and in so doing, can help identify problems and work with
the woman's body to correct them. It's not suppressive, it's not artificial. It
is not destructive. It is the 'go-green' approach to female health."
Dr. Reichley says the
information can also help women with PMS, ovarian cysts, irregular or abnormal
bleeding and even post-partum depression - Sarah says she also suffered from
depression after her baby was born.
"What actually helped me
was giving me progesterone," she says. "It helped with my post-partum. It made me