For a Mom Suffering Loss

Help in Time of Miscarriage

Saturday Book Pick: Karen Edmisten offers her experience and insights to hurting mothers.

When I lost my second child to miscarriage nearly 20 years ago, I searched Catholic bookstores in vain for a book on miscarriage.

I suffered interiorly for years, until my parish held a healing Mass on Feb. 2 (feast of the Presentation) for mothers who had lost a baby. It was an extraordinary evening of grace. We named our babies, writing their names on certificates which were laid upon the altar as we entrusted them to Christ.  continue here


For a Baptized Child

Lord of all gentleness, surround us with Your care and comfort us in our sorrow, for we grieve at the loss of this [little] child. As You washed (Name) in the waters of baptism and welcomed him/her into the life of heaven, so call us one day to be reunited with him/her and share forever in the joy of Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For an Unbaptized Child

O Lord, Whose ways are beyong understanding, listen to the prayers of Your faithful people: that those weighed down by grief at the loss of this [little] child may find reassurance in Your infinite goodness. Amen.


For a Stillborn Child

Lord God, ever caring and gentle, we commit to Your love this little one, quickened to life for so short a time. Enfold him/her in eternal life. We pray for his/her parents who are saddened by the loss of their child. Give them courage and help them in their pain and grief. May they all meet one day in the joy and peace of Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


For the Deceased Child

To You, O Lord, we humbly entrust this child, so precious in Your sight. Take him/her into Your arms and welcome him/her into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but the fullness of peace and joy with Your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Deceased Son or Daughter

O God, You gave us a son/daughter, and in Your wisdom and love have called him/her home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his/her sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. Amen.



LECTINS and Your Intestinal Health

Their Damaging Role in Intestinal Health, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Weight Loss

By Carolyn Pierini, CLS (ASCP), CNC

Located on the surface of cells of all living things lay many thousands of different complex sugar molecules (glycoconjugates) projecting outward from their loose anchors like moving antennae. Genetically unique, these molecules comprise a protective coating for the cell and perform many functions including cell recognition and signaling. Lectins are a class of protein molecules capable of using these sugar moieties to bind to the surface of cells. Lectins provide the way for one molecule to stick to another molecule without any immunity involved. Lectins play a wide role in health, but their ability to influence the inflammatory process indicates they are involved in inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and even weight gain. Lectins’ potential involvement in many aspects of our health caused DJ Freed, MD to state, “Lectins are causes in search of diseases.”
This article will introduce you to the world of lectins, the “sticky proteins” we deal with from day to day in our diets and our bodily systems. Furthermore, you will learn how you can build up your defenses against what could be a hidden cause behind many of our health concerns. Continue

N.P.T. Over IVF

Ten Reasons to Choose 
(in addition to being in line with Church teaching!)
by David Picella

  1. NaProTECHNOLOGY Focuses on Disease.  If a couple cannot get pregnant, it makes sense that the first thing the doctor must do is to find out why.  This is THE goal of the complete NPT program.  With IVF, the cause of infertility is not important and in the underlying problem it is completely ignored. 
  2. Success Rates are Better with NaProTECHNOLOGY.  Recent data from the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE, show that NPT success rates are 1.5 to 3 times better than IVF (23.5% versus 38.4%-81.8%).  In a 4 year study of 95 NPT couples who had been trying to conceive for an average of 6.1 years and had 176 failed attempts at an Artificial Reproductive Technique (ART) Boyle[1] reported that there were 123 conceptions. Life table analysis demonstrated increasing success the longer that couples remained in the NPT program with 26.2% pregnant at 12 to 17 months rising to 32.6% at 18-25 months. 
  3. No Destruction of Embryos.  An analysis of ART data[2] from 1983 to 1986 demonstrated that the transfer of 1,372 embryos (3.2 per woman) resulted in 81 live births.  From this data, it is necessary to create 16.9 living embryos to produce one live birth.  The higher reported rates of success for IVF procedures usually means more embryos are being transferred which increases the risk of multiple births. 
  4. No Infanticide:  “Selective Reduction” One of the most objectionable things about IVF is that it can result in a situation where a woman is forced to deal with a dangerously high multiple pregnancy rate.  Pregnancy risk increases dramatically with the number of babies in the womb.  Frequently, women are compelled to selectively “reduce” (i.e., kill) additional babies in the womb due to unacceptably high pregnancy risk. 
  5. Natural Sex versus a Laboratory Procedure  In IVF, the sperm and eggs (gametes) are collected through masturbation (male) and harvesting (female) where they meet in a laboratory to form embryos which are then reintroduced into the woman’s body.  NPT, on the other hand, relies on a natural act of intercourse to achieve pregnancy. 
  6. NaProTechnology is more cost effective  According to Collins[3], the median cost of one cycle of IVF in the United States in 2001 is $9,226.  $20-30,000 expenses are not unheard of, however, because IVF clinics prefer to sell discount packages (multiple cycles) in order to increase success rates and allow for “shared” risk.  In comparison, at one medical center in Duarte, CA (Santa Teresita), NPT has been cited as costing approximately $9,290 which includes a physician evaluation, hormone and ultrasound evaluation, and outpatient surgical treatment of infertility.  And unlike IVF, these costs are commonly covered by insurance. 
  7. Pregnancy Outcomes  There is growing concern that IVF may have significant adverse effects on the children conceived with this procedure.  In a study of birth defects after ICSI and IVF procedures, Hansen et al. [4] reported that ICSI and IVF babies were more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with a major birth defect by the end of one year of life (8.6% and 9.0%) as compared to naturally conceived babies (4.2%). 
  8. You could get pregnant again!  Because natural fertility is restored with NPT, these couples are often able to get pregnant again.  In the Boyle study[1] of 89 births in women who had failed ART, there were 14 women with 2 live births, and 1 woman with 3 live births.  Since IVF does nothing to correct the cause of infertility, there is no benefit toward subsequent pregnancies. 
  9. What will you have to show for it?  Ironically, in some cases IVF procedures cause additional harm to the female reproductive system in the course of treatment.  For example, some IVF clinics will perform surgical removal of a blocked and swollen fallopian tube in order to increase success rates[5].  In these cases, when IVF fails, fallopian tube repair is no longer an option.  This approach is contrary to the natural and restorative orientation of the NPT physician and surgeon[6].  NPT is designed to restore (not destroy) reproductive function.  If nothing else, NPT couples have had the underlying cause of the problem addressed which often results in better overall health. 
  10. What happens after you get pregnant?  This is perhaps the most important question.  Frequently, couples who pursue IVF have not thought about what happens next.  Success equals pregnancy.  Unfortunately, ignoring the underlying problem that leads to infertility in the first place can adversely affect the pregnancy and even lead to miscarriage.  With NPT, restoring health and fertility begins before conception and continues throughout the pregnancy with the aim of preventing miscarriage and promoting the optimum health of the newborn baby and mother. 

1.  Boyle, P., NaProTechnology (NPT) � After previously unsuccessful Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART). 2004. 
2.  Cvetkovich, L.L., The reproductive technologies: A scientific overview, in The gift of life: The proceedings of a national conference on the Vatican instruction on reproductive ethics and technology, M. Wallace and T. Hilgers, Editors. 1990, Pope Paul VI Institute Press: Omaha, NE. 
3.  Collins, J., Cost-effectiveness of In Vitro Fertilization. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 2001. 19: p. 279-289. 
4.  Hansen, M., et al., The risk of major birth defects after Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection and In Vitro Fertilization. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002. 346: p. 725-730. 
5.  Nackley, A.C. and S.J. Muasher, The significance of hydrosalpinx in in vitro fertilization. Fertility and Sterility, 1998. 69: p. 373-384. 
6.  Hilgers, T.W., The Medical and Surgical Practice of NaProTechnology. 2004,Omaha , NE: Pope Paul VI Institute Press. 
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