History of the Centre
Over twenty years ago, the founder, Marilyn Mangan, CND, first started educating couples in their fertility and infertility and many meetings took place in a variety of locations, including St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and even occasionally in her car. She was a true pioneer! A fixed location was settled in 1983 when Marilyn reorganized the basement of her community’s house and here she remained for the next three years.
With the support of her community and seeking to become more visible and more easily accessible, Marilyn moved to Danforth Avenue near the Pape subway. The Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Service Ovulation Method Creighton Model was established on the second floor of 628 Danforth in 1986 and remained there until 2001. As the research on the Creighton Model grew to encompass NaProTECHNOLOGY® this became part of the name. Eventually, with the development of a deeper realization of the all-encompassing scope of the Creighton Model and NaProTECHNOLOGY®, the name FertilityCare™ was coined by Dr. Hilgers, the founder of the Creighton Model.
Reflecting the growing medical nature of the work, the Centre was relocated to the Coxwell Medical Building in August 2001.
The agency is an educational centre, a service delivery centre and a resource centre. Practitioners are the primary care givers. Couples and women who attend the Centre receive education in their fertility, assistance in improving communication, a broadening image of their sexuality and intimacy, a deeper understanding of their dignity as human persons and the gift that children are, as well as a freedom in their personal lives. Medical assessment, investigation and certain treatments relevant to reproduction are provided by the Medical Consultants.
Today, the agency is a resource centre for parishes and schools throughout the Toronto Archdiocese. Students from local colleges have gained credits through a two-week programme developed at the Centre. Lectures on NaProTECHNOLOGY® have been given at major hospitals and nursing schools in the area and the Centre has hosted an international conference.
The Centre’s Practitioners and Medical Consultants are members of the American Academy of FertilityCare™ Professionals and maintain links with Dr. Hilgers, Creighton University and the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction. The Centre is interconnected with other centers in Canada, the United States, South America, the British Isles, Africa and Australia.