A Natural Family Planning Service
Serena is a volunteer non-profit organization which educates couples about their fertility through the Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning.
The term Natural Family Planning can be misleading in our modern-day environment. It can lead some to think that the goal of Natural Family Planning is to plan to have as many children as possible. Nothing can be further from the truth!
Natural Family Planning allows the couple to use their fertility as a resource (gift) to exercise responsible parenthood. A husband and wife agree together when it is the right time to actively seek to conceive a child or when there are reasons to avoid conceiving a child. The goal of the couple determines how the information is used.
By understanding when a woman is fertile and when she is infertile during her cycles, a couple can either effectively avoid conceiving or increase their chances of conceiving. Serena's approach is to teach the Sympto-Thermal Method as a co-operative method of husband and wife, a lifestyle-method which also serves to build up the relationship of the couple.
Serena teaches its methods through volunteer teacher-couples. Formally trained by Serena, our teacher-couples are knowledgeable and accredited instructors. As users of the methods themselves, they can also offer relatable, everyday support and expertise from their own experiences.
Serena British Columbia is part of Serena Canada, and our teachers are accredited by Serena Canada. Click here for more information about Serena Canada and its teachings.
Serena Canada has on staff a world-respected fertility researcher, Dr. Suzanne Parenteau-Carreau. In addition to continual research endeavours, she develops and reviews our technical materials, and advises teacher-couples when unusual circumstances present themselves. Also on staff to further Serena's research and education is medical advisor, Dr. Fabian Ballesteros. We are honoured to have both Dr. Suzanne and Dr. Fabian as vital members of our team.
Serena is a non-denominational group that has been given official approval by the Roman Catholic Church.