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Dr. Daniel Greene discusses the healthy choice for women: Natural Family Planning

Dr. Daniel Greene presents NFP

Oxford, Michigan -- Natural Family Planning is the healthy choice for women. This is the message promoted by Catholic obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Daniel Greene.

“Embracing natural family planning is a healthy lifestyle choice, a wonderful way to grow stronger in the faith, and can be used as an excellent means for evangelization when we really understand what it is all about,” he said.

“We are inundated with the birth control concept,” he said. “A lot of that information is well intentioned, but not accurately presented in a manner that allows women to make an informed choice.”

Dr. Greene spoke at a retreat for women on April 27, 2013 at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center in Oxford, Michigan.  He called his presentation Women’s Health 101.

Fr. Lorenzo Gomez LC opened the retreat with a spiritual reflection.  “If you came to this presentation today, consider yourself special women,” he said, challenging those in attendance to share what they would hear.

Dr. Greene provided his audience with what he called “talking points” on the dangers of contraception and the benefits of Natural Family Planning.  These points can be used for personal growth as well as evangelization. To access his enlightening Power Point information, click here.

“We can evangelize on this issue,” he said, stressing that a proper understanding of human sexuality can help “bring people closer to Christ.”

Dr. Greene said he learned much from reading the Catholic teaching on these issues.  He points to the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2370:

“….Every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible, is intrinsically evil.”

One of his own patients pointed this out to him earlier on in his career, leading him on a journey of discovery and conversion.  He is now one of the few doctors in Michigan who does not offer contraception to his patients, but recommends and teaches Natural Family Planning.  (Click here for an article about Dr. Greene from the Catholic News Service.)

Why do so few physicians choose to offer this method to their patients?

“I think it is a matter of perception and education,” said
Dr. Daniel Greene and friend
Dr. Daniel Greene and friend (Photo by CNS/Michigan Catholic)
Dr. Greene. “We are doing something wrong in getting the message out.  People just don’t know. Birth control is easily and readily available.  People think it works, and they think NFP doesn’t work.”

The culture often overemphasizes the benefits of contraception, while downplaying or even ignoring the risks, he said. Much is due to a lack of the appreciation of the seriousness of the side effects. Regarding the birth control pill, the risks of blood clots, though rare, are real and serious.

“I have seen this in my patients,” he said. “What are we doing when we put these hormones into our bodies?”

NFP has none of these side effects and modern methods are as equally effective as contemporary birth control products, Dr. Greene explained.  He listed, among others, the Sympto-Thermal Method, the Billings Ovulation Method, the "Two Day Method" and an even a simpler counting method called the "Standard Days Method.”

As opposed to NFP, he pointed out that Catholics often do not realize how the process of many types of contraception methods works. “Contraception is supposed to prevent pregnancy,” he said. “But the problem is in how they define pregnancy.”

Many believe pregnancy takes place after the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine wall.  However, Catholic teaching clearly states that human life begins at conception. One of Dr. Greene’s favorite quotes on this topic comes from the document “Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation” or Donum Vitae from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

“Right from fertilization, the adventure of human life begins.”

Many forms of birth control like the IUD, and sometimes Depo Provera and the birth control pill, do not prevent fertilization, but implantation of the fertilized embryo. “This is known as an abortifacient,” he said.

For more information about Dr. Greene and his OB GYN practice, go to



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