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MD’s First and Only OB/GYN Practice Solely Dedicated to Natural Family Planning Opens at Saint Agnes

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Archbishop Lori to Bless Natural Fertility Care


Baltimore, Md. — Saint Agnes announced today, that on May 31 at 1 p.m., Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, will bless the new Natural Fertility Care practice – the first and only obstetrics and gynecology practice in the region that focuses entirely on natural family planning (NFP).

Natural Fertility Care, led by Dr. Mary Ann Sorra offers a full range of services including: well-women gynecological visits, low-risk and high-risk obstetrics, infertility evaluation, minimally invasive surgery, and menopausal/peri-menopausal care – making it the region’s exclusive NFP option for holistic care to all women and their unborn babies.

Natural Fertility Care embraces the gift of human sexuality and the dignity of the human person from the moment of conception. Therefore, the practice does not perform or refer for abortions and only uses hormones if necessary to treat illnesses. The practice partners with NFP instructors in the local community in order to provide patients with extensive information about their overall well-being and reproductive health.

NFP, also known as the fertility awareness method, is a way of determining the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle by observing the normal, physiologic changes associated with ovulation. Couples can use the NFP method to achieve or avoid pregnancy.

With use of the innovative women’s science, NaProTECHNOLOGY, Natural Fertility Care is able to effectively diagnose, monitor and treat reproductive and gynecological diseases. NaProTECHNOLOGY uses the Creighton model to easily assess the menstrual cycle, as a form of NFP.

“I am grateful to the Daughters of Charity, doctors, nurses and administrators at Saint Agnes and to Dr. Sorra for their commitment to promoting a culture of life through the creation of this new Natural Fertility Center,” Archbishop Lori said. “May the Center forever serve as a reminder of God’s great gift of life for the many women who will go there seeking life-affirming care inspired by our Catholic faith.”

Natural Fertility Care is located on the Saint Agnes campus, Pine Heights Building, 1001 Pine Heights Ave, Suite 203, Baltimore, MD 21229. For more information on Natural Fertility Care, patients and medical professionals should visit or call 410-644-1908.

About Dr. Mary Ann Sorra
Dr. Sorra earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Maryland. In 2001, she completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Prior to moving her practice to Saint Agnes to start Natural Fertility Care she was in private practice in Pikesville for nine years. Part of her time was also spent teaching OB/GYN residents and medical students. Dr. Sorra stopped prescribing artificial contraception and adopted the use of natural family planning in her medical practice in March 2009. She believes she became a better doctor after making that transition – better able to care for the whole human person, body and soul. She trained at the Pope Paul VI Institute and became a Medical Consultant for NaProTECHNOLOGY in April 2011. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Pro-life OB/GYNs.

About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 296-bed hospital currently completing a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.

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