Within the Sacrament of Marriage, the responsibility of planning a family is one shared by husband and wife — and God, whose unconditional love binds them together. An authentic expression of love between spouses includes openness to children. It is a gift of complete self to the other, open to the possibility of cooperating with God in creating a new life. Through prayerful discernment, spouses may attempt to either achieve pregnancy or momentarily avoid it. An openness to God’s will for their family requires that no artificial means be used for such purposes. Learn more by going to our NFP page.