At the end of each chapter of The Infertility Companion for Catholics, readers will find a number of resources for further reading. The online resources and links for Catholic couples who struggle with infertility are offered again here for couples to continue to find support on their journey.

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Further Reading from The Infertility Companion for Catholics

Chapter 1

Taylor, Jameson, and Jennifer Taylor. “Babies Deserve Better: What You Need to Know If You’re Struggling with Infertility.” Catholic Answers. Accessed April 4, 2012.

Chapter 2

John Paul II. “General Audiences: John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.” Eternal Word Television Network. Accessed September 12, 2011.

Theology of the Body Institute. Home page. Accessed September 12, 2011.

West, Christopher. Home page. Accessed September 12, 2011.

Chapter 3

Church Documents

Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal. “Instruction Donum Vitae: Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation. Congregation for the Doc- trine of the Faith. February 22, 1987.

Levada, William Cardinal. “Instruction Dignitas Personae on Certain Bioethical Questions.” Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 8, 2008.

National Catholic Bioethics Center. Home page. Accessed Septem- ber 15, 2011.

Pope John Paul II. “Encyclical Evangelium Vitae: On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life.” March 25, 1995.

Statements of the Bishops of the USA

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. 4th ed. Washington, DC: Author, 2001. See part 4, “Issues in Care for the Beginning of Life,” introduction and directives, 38–43.

——— “Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology.” 2009.

Articles from the Respect Life Program of the Bishops of the United States

Anderson, Marie, and John Bruchalski. “Assisted Reproductive Technologies Are Anti-Woman.” Respect Life Program, 2004.

Haas, John M. “Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproduc- tive Technology.” 1998.

Klaus, Hanna. “Reproductive Technology (Evaluation and Treatment of Infertility) Guidelines for Catholic Couples.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2009.

Mindling, J. Daniel. “Addressing Infertility with Compassion and Clarity.” Respect Life Program, 2009.

Other Articles

Drake, Tim. “What’s Wrong with In-Vitro Fertilization.” 2004.

Incandela, Joseph M. “Catholic Social Thought: Reproductive Technologies.” Last updated September 13, 2011.

May, William E. “Begetting vs. Making Babies.” November 14, 2004.

Sparks, Richard C. “Helping Childless Couples Conceive.” St. Anthony Messenger. Accessed September 15, 2011.

Sweeney, Kathleen Curran. “The Child: Begotten, Not Manmade: Catholic Teaching on In-Vitro Fertilization.” 2008.

Chapter 4

Different NFP Methods

Sympto-Thermal Method—through the observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and the cervix, couples learn to identify fertile and infertile phases of their cycle. Classes are taught by couples throughout the country or you can learn at home. Contact the Couple to Couple League International:
Couple to Couple League International, Inc.
(Sympto-Thermal Method)
(513) 471-2000 or (800) 745-8252

Billings Ovulation Method—uses cervical mucus obser- vations to determine a woman’s fertility.
Billings Ovulation Method Association (BOMA-USA)
(651) 699-8139

The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) is a standardized modifi cation of the Billings Ovulation Method that analyzes cervical mucus.
The Creighton Model System (NaProTECHNOLOGY)
Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction
(402) 390-6600;

Marquette Model (MM)—uses a fertility monitor (a device used at home that measures hormone levels in urine to estimate the beginning and end of the time of fertility) in conjunction with observations of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or other biological indicators of fertility.
The Marquette Model (MM)
The Institute for Natural Family Planning
(414) 288-3838

Pope Paul VI Institute. “Infertility: A Couple’s Struggle.” Accessed September 16, 2011. Support and treatment options for Catholics dealing with infertility.

Chapter 7

All You Who Hope:

A Martha Trying to Be Mary:

The Apostolate of Hannah’s Tears:

Frustrated Musings of a Seemingly Calm Gal:

Grace in My Heart:

Joy Beyond the Cross:

Matching Moonheads:

Pray, Hope, Don’t Worry:

This Cross I Embrace:

Catholic Infertility Support Yahoo! Group:

Elizabeth Ministry:

Hannah’s Heart Catholic Infertility Support Group:

The St. Gerard Store (handkerchiefs and other items for purchase):

SHE (Sarah-Hannah-Elizabeth) Infertility Support Group:

Chapter 8

Pastoral Solutions Institute. Home page. Accessed September 18, 2011.

Chapter 10

Elizabeth Ministry:


Faces of Loss, Faces of Hope: A website where people can post their stories.

Heaven’s Gain:
You can acquire a small casket from Heaven’s Gain.

I Am the Face:
Creates awareness of October 15 National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

La Belle Dame:
Infant and miscarriage loss jewelry.

Medline Plus:

Memorials on Eden Hill:

Miscarriage Support:
Details and stories from other parents who have lost their young preborn children.

Morning Light Ministry:
A Catholic ministry for bereaved parents; can request a prayer card for your baby.

My Forever Child:
Keepsakes that may help with healing.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep:
Offers free professional remembrance photography for families experiencing a loss as a step in the healing process.

Share: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support: Has local support groups throughout the country as well as resources and training for support providers.

The Shrine of the Holy Innocents:
You can have your baby’s name inscribed in the “Book of Life” at the Shrine of the Holy Innocents in New York City. A candle is lit in loving memory. On the first Monday of every month, a Mass is celebrated in honor of these children. The shrine will e-mail you a “Certificate of Life” with your baby’s name included.

Unborn Jesus:
You can have your baby’s name inscribed in the Holy Innocents Virtual Mausoleum.

Miscarriage Clinics:
St. Mary’s Hospital Save the Baby Unit, London:
The world’s largest clinic dedicated to miscarriage prevention.

University of Chicago Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program:

Kellett, Mary. “Peter’s Story: Discovering Hope and Love After an Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis.” 2007.

Otremba, Maureen, and Jim Otremba. “Miscarriage.” Accessed September 20, 2011.

Schermerhorn, Caroline. “Miscarriage: Moving from Grief toward Healing.” St. Anthony Messenger, January 2005.

Sodergren, Andrew J. “Hope for Healing: Miscarriage and the Dignity of the Human Body.” January 12, 2005.

Pastoral Resources

Archdiocese of Boston. “Worship and Spiritual Life: Pastoral Notes on the Celebration of Liturgical Rites for Deceased Infants and Stillborn or Miscarried Infants.” Accessed September 20, 2011. Resource for priests and ministers helping bereaved families.

“Blessing of Parents After a Miscarriage.” In Book of Blessings, by International Commission on English in the Liturgy, A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1989. Parishes and dioceses can hold a day of reflection and an infant memorial Mass for families who have lost a child to miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death.

Catholics United for the Faith. “Ectopic for Discussion: A Catholic Approach to Tubal Pregnancies.” Last updated September 26, 2007.

Howard, Joseph C., Jr. “Personhood: The Moral Management of Ectopic Pregnancies.” American Bioethics Advisory Commission. 1999.

Kaczor, Christopher. “The Ethics of Ectopic Pregnancy: A Critical Reconsideration of Salpingostomy and Methotrexate.” Linacre Quarterly 76, no. 3 (August 2009): 265–82.

Moraczewski, Albert S. “Managing Tubal Pregnancies: Part I.” Ethics and Medics 21, no. 6 (June 1996): 3–4.

Chapter 12

Online Resources

US Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Welfare Information Gateway Features facts and information about foster and domestic adoption.

US State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Intercountry Adoption Features information on which countries are available for international adoption.

Adoption Tax Credit

Lifesong for Orphans Interest-free loans and grants.

Show Hope
Provides adoption aid; founded by Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his family.

Appendix Resources

Pope Paul VI Institute;

American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Apex Medical Technologies (800) 345-3208

Broda O. Barnes Research Foundation (203) 261-2101

Gianna: The Catholic Healthcare Center for Women, New York City and New Jersey

International Institute of Restorative Reproductive Medicine

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Acupuncture; L.Ac. after their name indicates a qualified practitioner.

One More Soul

Pope Paul VI Institute
(402) 390-6600
For infertility evaluation and treatment

Tepeyac Family Center
Fairfax, Virginia

Pastoral Solutions Institute
(740) 266-6461
For telephone marriage and family counseling

Saint Michael’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences
(646) 424-0395

Nutrition Referrals and Resources

American Pro-Life Enterprise
(800) 227-8359
Supplements recommended in Marilyn Shannon’s Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition available here.

Green Pasture
Provider of natural cod liver oil.

International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists
Includes a searchable list of certified members.

Optimox Corporation
Phone (800) 233-1601
Supplements recommended in Marilyn Shannon’s Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition available here.

Radiant Life Company
Wellness supplements including fish oil available here.

Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure
Provider of natural products.

Standard Process
(800) 558-8740

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