“Why did no-one tell me about this before?” is what Lucille McQuade constantly hears when she introduces people to the Billings method. Fertility Care Scotland, where Lucille is the vastly experienced development officer, has so much to offer a Pro-life Scotland. A country where, at the moment, contraception and its side-effects and the tragedy of abortion are routinely offered as a solution when in fact they are nothing of the sort.
Lucille has been teaching the Billings Ovulation Method® of Natural Fertility Regulation for over 20 years:
“it’s a natural method of planning your family and it is 99% effective for avoiding pregnancy and is highly effective for achieving pregnancy, about 78% successful”
No wonder Lucille’s ambition in her developmental role at Fertility Care Scotland is to raise awareness about this wonderful body of knowledge. As founder of the method Dr Lyn Billings asserted: “This is knowledge of her body that every woman ought to have”.
Double Trouble Activism!
Being one half of a talented duo of identical twins helps Lucille bi-locate and do even more for the pro-life movement! Her talented twin Monica is similarly passionate about helping others. Lucille recalls:
“It was really interesting working with Monica as a Prolife Candidate in 1997 in Pollok. Channel 4 decided to follow a candidate and they chose Monica. Some of the other candidates were not getting the same amount of air time. Channel 4 got round this by filming me and because we are so alike, everyone thought it was Monica anyway!. In 1999 I decided to stand myself as a candidate for the Prolife Alliance in Hamilton South”.
Monica has visited Tanzania, East Africa on six occasions, doing voluntary work and gave a talk on the Billings Method in Swahili! Lucille has not been out yet (not had time!) but helps Monica fundraise for the people of Sumbawanga.”
Helping Couples through Stress of Infertility & alternative to IVF
“It is so sad” Lucille reflects,
“that so many people, vulnerable with the stress of not being able to conceive, then sit on waiting lists for IVF. Most of our Billings Teachers have helped couples who previously tried IVF unsuccessfully, yet went on to have successful pregnancies using the Billings Ovulation Method. We only ask for a donation if posssible, so couples don’t have the financial stress accompanying IVF when they turn to us”
Don’t suffer – Contact Fertility Care!
“We would encourage couples experiencing difficulty in conceiving, where no serious fertility problem has been diagnosed, to contact us, including those waiting for IVF treatment, as many pregnancies may be achieved during the waiting time. The valuable resources of the NHS may thus be conserved for those couples who require it and the stress of couples experiencing sub-fertility reduced” says Lucille.
Thank you letters come from MANY happy clients!
“We would just like to thank you for your help and kindness. Our baby, a little girl, was born in August. Our happiness is now complete.”
“The good news is that my twin girls were safely delivered in March and are now doing really well. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for the help and encouragement you gave me through what was a difficult time. I think the service you provide is terrific and I’m sure lots of others will continue to benefit in the way I did.”
Appointments to speak to trained counsellors – Information is Power!
This is the Health Centre, Hamilton – one of Fertility Care clinics, where Lucille is a Billings Teacher.
It is held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month from 7pm – 8.30pm.
The Billings Method helps the couple identify the optimum time of fertility. The teacher guides the couple into understanding when the woman is fertile during her cycle and when she is not.
There are many clinics and in different areas of Scotland.
Lucille – fruits of a ‘pro-life’ life
Lucille and Frank on a cruise for their 30th (Pearl) Anniversary. In May 2016, God willing, they will celebrate their 35th (Coral) Anniversary. Lucille is 54 Years old. Happily married to Frank with three grown-up children and five grand-children. She was born in Bellshill and lived in Lanarkshire most of her life, apart from seven years living in Lancashire, England.
From an early age Lucille was passionate about helping others. As a pupil at Columba High Secondary School in Coatbridge, she was involved with their Pro-Life Cell. She also became involved with the Youth St Vincent De Paul at St James’ Church, Coatbridge.
Helping with Crisis Pregnancies
In 1977, as part of the Youth SVDP, myself and several others, helped Sr Rosario and Sr Maria Goretti to prepare the first Innocents House in Coatbridge, which was opened to offer support to young women going through crisis pregnancies. Both the Sisters and the organisation are still going strong today. Lucille has been a member of SPUC Scotland for many years.
Speak out – Your are not alone!
Over the years, Lucille has always tried to stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves. She regularly took part in TV and Radio discussions on pro-life topics. Fortunately, she always had twin sister, Monica with her as always seemed as if it was them against the rest of the audience.
Lucille “I would say to anyone wishing to stand up for prolife causes to have the courage to speak out and to know that you are not alone. Many people hold the same views as us but are afraid of the reaction from others if they speak out. Learn the facts and always be able to back up what you say with evidence. If you speak the truth, you have nothing to fear”