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How the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction reshaped the IVF alternative landscape

March 15, 2018

49163925_MIf you haven’t heard of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, that’s okay. A lot of people haven’t. Yet for those of us who work in the field of medicine governing human reproduction, this field of study represents a brave new forefront in addressing issues related to human infertility. Both Dr. Couri and Dr. Smyth have trained at this institute, and with that training, have gained a deep understanding of the various ways a viable IVF alternative can help couples reach a successful pregnancy.

Since the work this institute has done is so vital to the field of medicine that we practice in, the importance of educating the general public on the work they have done to produce an IVF alternative takes on a greater significance. We live in an era where technology, corporate actions, chemical components, and even environmental factors are impacting a couples’ ability to conceive. That is why we wanted to use this blog post to talk about the breakthrough work the Pope Paul VI Institute is doing to offer a credible IVF alternative to those seeking to conceive a child and start a family.

The Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction

Founded in 1985 by Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction has made huge strides in developing the framework by which we address infertility today. This internationally recognized institution made reproductive breakthroughs like the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaPro™ Technology.

Yet the institute doesn’t stand alone in its work. It regularly collaborates with allied health professionals and education institutes around the world. The Pope Paul VI Institute addresses infertility by creating a working model and welcoming environment for an effective IVF alternative treatment.

The story behind the institute’s founding can be traced directly back to the Humanae Vitae encyclical produced by Pope Paul VI in 1968. This groundbreaking letter directly addressed the transmission of human life and the role that nature plays in it. The letter references “man’s stupendous progress in domination and rational organization of the forces of nature.” Yet, this stupendous domination does not always bear a positive outcome, as the letter went on to outline.

A new model creates a viable IVF alternative

Once Dr. Hilgers achieved a greater understanding of the messages contained within the Humanae Vitae encyclical, he set out to build the institute that would bear Pope Paul VI’s namesake. The goal was to develop an IVF alternative that deviated from mainstream medicinal principles, such as contraception, in vitro fertilization, and abortion.

The solutions provided by the models created at the Pope Paul VI Institute offer woman trying to conceive an effective alternative to conception that doesn’t rely on purely technological solutions. Today, the center operates out of a 14,000 square-foot facility offering fertility solutions to people the world over. With only 22 full-time staff and a budget of just $1 million a year, the Institute completes its mission in a streamlined and non-wasteful manner.

Here at Couri & Smyth Health for Life Medical Center, we are proud to stand by the principles that these physicians built their business on. We believe in the culture of life that underpins human civilization and work towards a future in which effective IVF alternatives are both accepted and propagated as real solutions for couples facing infertility.

Are you and your partner having difficulties with conception? Are you searching for a viable IVF alternative in Wausau Wisconsin? Learn more about the models taught at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and how they can help you right here at the Couri & Smyth Health for Life Medical Center.

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