Meet Amanda

Amanda Smith, Marquette Method NFP Instructor

Amanda Smith, RN, MMCP

Certified Marquette Method Instructor


One-on-one, personalized training in the Marquette Method, in-person and online

I’m Amanda Smith. I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee with my husband and five children, but we’re both from Chicago originally.

I graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a BSN in 2007. I travelled all over the country for the first 10 years of my nursing career, working as a travel nurse in intensive care units. My husband and I settled down in the suburbs of Chicago when we had our first child. Then I worked as a nurse in a hospice for three years before becoming trained as a Marquette Method instructor.

(My husband jokes that with all that I’ve done with my nursing degree I really can manage a person’s care from womb to tomb.)

Jokes aside, I truly love how flexible a nursing career can be and that there’s a place for nurses at every stage in the beautiful circle of life.

My Natural Family Planning Journey

When I was pregnant with our fifth child our local parish priest, over for dinner at our house, asked if I was interested in leading a natural family planning (NFP) class at the parish. I laughed and asked him “What on Earth makes you think I’m qualified to teach an NFP class?” His follow-up question was to ask which method of natural family planning we practiced.

And that was how I found out that there were multiple forms of NFP.

For our whole marriage we’d been loosely following the rhythm method. After 16 years of Catholic education, pre-Cana classes during our engagement, and 5 children into building our family this conversation with our priest was the first I’d heard that there were modern, evidenced-based methods of natural family planning.

And that began my journey into the wonderful world of NFP. After some research, I realized quickly that the Marquette Method seemed perfect for me. We started using Marquette after our fifth was born—and practicing Marquette while nursing was the most relaxing and stress-free postpartum NFP experience I’d ever had.

Picture of Amanda Smith (RN), a Marquette Method Instructor in Tennessee, with her family in a field

Why I Became a Marquette Method Instructor

I felt a tug on my heart as soon as our priest asked me to help teach NFP at the parish.

I realized that if I had been so in the dark about NFP, there must be other couples out there with a similar experience. Learning and practicing the Marquette Method has been such a positive experience in our marriage.

As a Marquette Method instructor, I get to accompany couples young and old who are searching for answers.

Free Marquette Method Consultation

Have questions about the Marquette Method?


I’d be glad to answer any questions you have about the method or about Vitae Fertility's training packages.


Click below to start your free, no-obligation consultation with me.


Get A Free Consultation