FEMM Program Has Begun!

Happy Friday. 🙂

Just thought I’d drop in and give a little update now that my FEMM program classes have officially begun! There are about 62 students in this round of the program, including myself. This strikes me as amazing and really encouraging. That’s a lot of new educators who will be out in the world, able to effectively teach Fertility Awareness to an exponential number of women!

The first class this past week went well, and we got an overview of the FEMM philosophy and program approach. Then we went straight into some reproductive anatomy, which for me is review since it came up multiple times in the year of Justisse that I did.

FEMM likes to teach anatomy to clients following something called the order of function, which resonated with me since I’ve contemplated exactly how I’ll teach it in the future. By this, they mean that you start at the origin of something and follow it all the way through its completion in function. In this way, the hope is that the client will have a cohesive and integrated view of her body and her partner’s body, rather than a more disjuncted one that doesn’t adequately portray how all of the parts are integral to one another.

Since it was the first week, there was no assignment beyond the pre-reading of the FEMM Teacher Booklet and (of course) review of the class recording after the fact, which I’m currently working through.

Really looking forward to the next class in four days, because then the tests and assignments begin. 🙂

Another interesting development is that, previously, I’d assumed that I wouldn’t be taking on my internship or practice-teaching clients until the completion of all of the classes come March. However, which makes sense, we actually start to take on these clients during the formal class period. Which means that around mid-February I will start working with my internship clients. Very good news for me, on multiple accounts.

I want to have roughly five women as client for this phase, though I might be willing to take on a couple more. However, for the practice teaching, only two of the clients can be via online video conferencing — the others have to be in-person. This means that I will have to find roughly three local clients for that time. I have two people in mind that will fulfil the online aspect, but need to connect with a few more. My thinking is that I will reach out to some of the local birth workers (midwives and doulas) because some have approached me in the past asking if I can take on some of their birth clients who now want to learn Fertility Awareness.

Wish me luck in finalizing my client list for this first round!

After this round of client teaching ends (or while it is going on) I will begin working on creating a course more unique and personalized to my teaching style, using the FEMM teaching materials as a basis.

As you know, in my programs I’ll be adding in BBT to the Symptohormonal method that is FEMM (they view BBT as a tertiary biomarker). I will also be teaching as an optional addition some calculation rules, such as those used by Sensiplan and Jane Knight (author of The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness).

With all of these tools in my teaching material, my clients will be able to choose what works best for them, based upon their reproductive and health goals, what efficacy rating they’d prefer, and what steps they are willing to execute to reach those goals and ratings. They will be able to use one of three variants of Fertility Awareness:

  • Symptohormonal (cervical mucus/fluid + LH testing as well as instruction on progesterone testing)
  • Symptothermal Single-Check (cervical mucus + BBT + instruction on LH testing)
  • Symptothermal Double-Check (cervical mucus + BBT + calculation rules + instruction on LH testing)

Equipped with these tools, my clients should be able to attain perfect use efficacy rates up to 99.6% (which applies, according to studies on the various methods, only to the Symptothermal Double-Check method that uses Sensiplan calculation rules under instruction from an educator — the other Fertility Awareness methods listed are very close behind that but just slightly lower).

Apart from ruminating on all this, I’m trying to get in a little reading as I’m able. My current reads (in this area) are:

  • The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness by Jane Knight
  • Safe & Natural: The Handbook (Family Planning with Sensiplan)
  • ‘The Case for FEMM’ White Paper
  • The Bullet Journal Method (relevant because I’m using a bullet journal + Google Drive to stay organized with our full life + FEMM)

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