Pioneer of natural fertility planning has died

Dr Evelyn Billings

Dr Evelyn Billings

Dr Evelyn Livingston Billings AM, DCSG, MBBS (Melb), DCH (Lond) died on 16 February aged 95 after a short illness.

Dr Evelyn Billings, together with her husband, Dr John Billings, founded the Billings Method of natural fertility regulation. For half a century they traveled the world teaching and promoting their method. She was the author of the best selling book The Billings Method, first published in 1980, and reprinted many times since.

In 2003 Dr Billings was made a Dame Commander of St Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II and she was an active member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. She was recognized with Honorary Doctorates from universities around the world including an Honoris Causa Degree from Tor Vergata University in Rome in 2005. In 2002 Drs John and Evelyn Billings were jointly declared International Catholic Physicians of the Year by the International Catholic Federation of Medical Associations.

She is survived by eight of her nine children, 39 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.

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