(Reason being Humanae Vitae came out this week, on July 25th, 1968. If you have not yet read Humanae Vitae by Pope Paul VI, read it!)
But that's not all that happened on July 25th. 10 years after the release of Humanae Vitae, TO THE DAY, July 25th 1978 the first IVF baby was born.
Coincidence? I think not. Many, many people believe that PPVI was well ahead of his time in anticipating all of the backlash of society trying to medically suppress, destroy, and override its own fertility.
But, do not despair, because 3 years later, TO THE DAY, something else happened on July 25th.
(I'm the baby!)
Yup. I share this fascinating date of birth with two very "fertility aware" phenomena. So, it only seems fitting that I, myself would grow up to experience fertility "in the trenches" as both a woman with primary infertility, and as a FertilityCare Coordinator and Practitioner at a NaPro Technology office.
(July 25 is also the Feast of St James the Greater. A quick google search on St James and Fertility yielded this little heretofore unknown tidbit:
The seashell, especially the scallop, is the symbol of baptism in Christianity. The baptismal font is often shaped like a scallop, or decorated with one. The dish used by priests to pour water over the heads of catachumens in baptism is often scallop-shaped. The scallop, too, is the symbol for the Apostle James the Greater. St. James used the scallop shell during his pilgrimage to beg for food and water. Even the poorest people could fill the small shell, so he always found help along his way. Later, followers of St. James wore the scallop-shell symbol on their hats and clothes and it became the symbol of pilgrimage.
Fertility is also associated with the scallop shell, as exemplified in ancient and renaissance paintings of Venus, the Roman goddess of fertility and love. She is often shown coming out of a scallop shell. Perhaps this is why some pilgrims, walking the way of St. James, used the scallop in a pagan ritual to encourage child-bearing.)
And so to celebrate this very awesome week, I am excited to point you all in the direction of Simcha Fisher's blog, where she will be hosting an NFP Giveaway all week!! Dozens of prizes will be given away, ranging from jewelry, religious items, and books, to health and beauty, music, and services.
My giveaway for NFP Awareness Week? One FREE Introductory Session of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, including materials to begin charting, AND a 20% discount on all subsequent follow-ups for life! All sessions to be conducted via Skype.
Come on over to Simcha's blog, and enter to win this, or any of the other prizes that float your boat (there may even be a boat giveaway... maybe...) during the week!!