I worked in a company in a protestant town in Northern Ireland. A lot of my colleagues were Protestant.
When I chatted with my protestant friends over lunch and told them about my infertility and that I would not be going for IVF, one of them said to me ..
. this is ridiculous - so if I , a protestant woman, should have IVF as my protestant church allows it ... should die and go before God that I will not be condemned but because You are catholic, You would be condemned. There is only one God.
Another Protestant friend Jackie was there at that time as well. She told me about the 16 frozen embryo's that she had that she could decide to be implanted into her womb at any time, She had been implanted before but her pregnancies had never gone full term.
A few days later, she came to me with an article from a newspaper saying that she was thinking about my predicament , that I could not have IVF and she found the article in the paper- It referred to the Napro technique. Napro - Natural Procreation is a totally natural fertility programme which is based around understanding the body and its natural cycles. This was twice now that Napro had been mentioned to me so I decided to act. I enrolled with a Napro fertility consultant, got the information DVD's and the bio charting and the details of the programme. We attended a few of the meetings and I started to chart my cycle. However I lost interest in it .
About 2 months later, we shared lunch again.. my protestant friend and I and she told me about how down she was feeling . I told her that I had followed up on the newspaper report and had got all the information about the NAPRO technique..I said to her.. You take it , I am not using it and so I gave her all of the information I had.
About 2 months later news spread around the office that Jackie was pregnant. At first I was jealous and felt cheated thinking she has had another baby implanted. Eventually after a few days, I picked myself up and went to congratulate her . She said to me - this is because of you - I asked her what did she mean , having forgotten that I had given her information. She said that the baby was not IVF, that the baby was naturally conceived . She and her husband had used and learned from the Napro information and within a month she was pregnant.
I was delighted for her, - Jackie later went on to give birth to a little girl called Eva. This was the first pregnancy that had gone well and full term for Jackie. Praise be to God.
I still could not help wonder, what will happen to those 16 frozen babies now ?
I did not return to Napro treatment after that. I guess God just had ordained me to give Jackie what she needed for her prayers to be answered. Gods wisdom is infinite and It was nice for God to use me to help someone else.:)
(part 5 will continue on separate thread)