The first step in learning the Creighton Model System is to attend an introductory session. The introductory session is a slideshow presentation that takes about an hour and includes a basic review of reproductive anatomy and physiology, an overview of the science behind the system, and very basic charting instructions. Following the introductory session, those clients who wish to continue with the full course of instruction will pay a materials fee that covers the cost of all materials used during the first year of instruction, and receive their initial charting materials, which enables them to begin charting the same day.
The majority of the teaching and learning takes place in a series of individualized follow-up appointments. These appointments usually take from 1-2 hours. During follow-ups, your practitioner will review your charting and observational routine, and give you instructions that are tailor-made to your particular use of the system. She will also screen for biomarkers that may indicate medical risk factors, and refer you to a physician if necessary. The follow-up appointments are scheduled at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks following the introductory session, and again at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. Following the first year of instruction, follow-up appointments are made every 6-12 months or when the need arises.
In certain circumstances, a modified follow-up schedule may be required. This is particularly true in the case of nursing mothers who have not yet returned to cycles. If you require a modified follow-up schedule, your practitioner will be able to offer the guidance and support you need.