Last year the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) did a story on Drs. John and Evelyn Billings and the method they gave to the world. While there are some statements that don’t take all factors into account, it is a fairly well done piece. I found it online and wanted to share it with you. You’ll find it after the jump. Be advised, there are some mild PG moments.
Reprinted with kind permission from The Catholic Weekly, Sydney Australia.
by Sharyn Marchant
April 5, 2009
“It was a movement of faith initially; we felt called to this work,” says Dr Evelyn Billings.
Evelyn, who was born in Melbourne in 1918 and grew up in the Riverina, established the Billings Ovulation Method in 1953 with her husband, the late Dr John Billings.
“The method came about through my husband in the 1950s, when the Pill came into vogue,” she says.
“There was only the rhythm method offered (for natural family planning), but a lot of people weren’t interested in the Pill or other contraceptives, and were anxious to know of an alternative.”
Recently, the news has been full of stories on a contraceptive medication for males. Researchers seek to “even the playing field” when it comes to contraception options. Development of a male birth control pill is being explored, but many methods being considered are not pills at all. No matter the prescription, there are some important things to know about the options being pursued.
Statement of the Caucus for the Advancement of the Billings Ovulation Method to the General Assembly Special Session – United Nations, June 30 – July 2, 1999
Submitted by: Susan Fryer, World Organization Ovulation Method Billings (WOOMB International)
The Caucus for the Advancement of the Billings Ovulation Method, C.A.B.O.M. thanks the Chairman for the opportunity to give a short statement to the General Assembly. We represent thirteen eco-sot NGO organizations present at the Cairo +5 meetings and speak for 60 affiliates of the World Organization of the Ovulation Method Billings teaching the authentic Billings Method in over 100 countries around the world. Teaching materials are published in 22 languages and carry the WOOMB logo to ensure authenticity.
The method is the most simple, natural and effective way in the world of achieving or avoiding pregnancy. In a 1978 five nation study, conducted by the World Health Organizatiion, it was found that 93% of women can return, after just one conversation with a Billings teacher, with a recognizeable chart of the few possibly fertile days and many infertile days in her cycle. With some further instruction in the keeping of a simple chart and in the application of a few commonsense guidelines she will know on which days an act of intercourse can possibly lead to pregnancy and which one cannot possibly do so, ahead of time. It allows parents to be in total charge of their fertility without the costly complications of the contraceptive /sterilization /abortion package. Continue reading
I have just been doing my daily research on birth control/family planning in the news. I come across all kinds of interesting studies and articles. Today I found one called, “My Big Fat Feminist Pregnancy.” I debating taking the time to read it, but decided to see what this feminist was writing about. It all centers around control: control of one’s body, control of ones decisions, control of one’s fertility, control of one’s career after children… CONTROL. She is not combative about it, but I read it feeling sad for this woman. Sad that she sees the only way of “controlling” fertility is the pill, sad that she fears her beloved career suffering because of her baby. Here are my responses…
“I helped a couple who had been trying to conceive for a whole year with a history of irregular cycles to achieve a pregnancy in their first attempt after a short instruction. This course has enabled me to relate a woman’s physiological and endocrinological status to a simple vulvar sensation or a changing/unchanging mucus pattern. It is so understandable since only God could create such a complex creature with multiple intricate interconnections and yet allow us to understand them in such a simple and basic manner.”
Santiago Gutierrez, M.D., Ob/Gyn
“The Billings Ovulation Method is the only method of family planning that makes sense. It is safe, economical and highly effective. BOM is the only method that allows couples to cooperate with their own God-given physiology. Other approaches alter, obstruct and poison a woman’s reproductive system. We promote the BOM in our practice for couples who desire postponement of pregnancy and also for those who need assistance in achieving pregnancy.”
Joe Opie, M.D., Ob/Gyn
“We have used the Billings Ovulation Method with 100% effectiveness for prevention and 100% effectiveness for achieving, always conceiving in the first cycle of using fertile days. We will be forever grateful to our scientists! We are in awe of the complexity of the woman in contrast to the simplicity of this method.”
Jan Hemstad, M.D. & Darcy Hemstad, R.N.