The choice for an abortion is not made thoughtlessly or easily. Women choose abortion for many personal reasons. Only the woman has the right and obligation to choose. Many women find it helpful to discuss the decision with their partner, a family member, a close friend, their doctor, a clergyman, or a counselor. This personal issue calls for empathy and understanding in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
By Appointment Only
Call us in advance to make an appointment Mondays through Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM EST, and Saturdays 8 AM to 12 PM EST. Please bring any special problems to the attention of the phone counselor. If the appointment has to be canceled for any reason, please let us know at least a day in advance. You must make your appointment and receive informed consent over the phone 24 hours in advance of your procedure. Call us for more information.
Due to limited waiting space, we request our patients to bring only one adult visitor or one set of parents. For the comfort and privacy of all patients, children under 12 are not allowed in the Centers. Comfortable waiting rooms are available to guests who accompany patients.
Because it takes time to give every woman individual attention before, during, and after the abortion, plan to be at the Center 4-6 hours. We are primarily concerned with patients’ well-being and will not compromise to save time.
When a woman arrives at the Center, she is greeted by a receptionist who will ask her to complete some admissions and medical history forms.
Laboratory personnel will then perform tests which include hematocrit, RH blood typing, and pregnancy testing.
Patients receive informational group counseling in person with a qualified counselor. Also, patients receive counseling which is supportive and educational in nature. This information supplements medical care to give women the necessary information to make informed decisions. Most counseling is done in a group session with other women who will also have an abortion that day, but can also be done in private at the patient’s request. The counselors give frank information about the abortion process itself, including interpretation of medical terminology. All risks are explained and an informed consent is signed. Then, privately, options available to the patient are discussed, as is her medical history, birth control and aftercare.
Eligibility for our procedures is up to the physician performing the abortion. Patients traveling great distances should have their pregnancy confirmed before making an appointment. We use pregnancy testing, physicians pelvic exam, the date of the last normal menstrual period (LMP), and a sonogram to confirm eligibility.
After medical history forms, lab work, and counseling are completed, you will be escorted into the procedure room. A mild sedation may be given to eliminate anxiety. The abortion method used is non-traumatic vacuum aspiration. It’s hard to say what the abortion will feel like since it’s different for each person. Some women compare it to menstrual cramps. After, you are closely monitored in a comfortable recovery room under the supervision of the nursing staff.
These abortions performed after the 12th week of pregnancy are similar to first trimester procedures, but because the pregnancy is a little more advanced, the procedure takes a little more time and more recovery time is sometimes required.
Following the abortion, the patient is closely monitored and rest in a comfortable recovery room under the supervision of the nursing staff. Before discharge, patients are given prescriptions for a medication and post-operative instructions. Patients are encouraged to rest comfortably before departure.
Patients can resume normal activities the day after the abortion, but be careful with strenuous exercise. All prescribed medicines must be taken as directed and any unusual symptom such as excessive bleeding, severe cramping, or a temperature over 100.4 degrees F should be reported. As a precaution against infection, NO tub baths (showers are OK), NO swimming, NO douching, NO intercourse, or NO tampons for at least 1 week after the abortion. The patient may return for a follow-up examination or see her personal physician or clinic. If she goes to her personal physician or clinic, she should write us to release her Center medical record to them.
The Center is fully equipped with emergency equipment and medications. In the rare event of a complication, personnel have been trained in emergency procedures.
It is important for all patients to give a complete and accurate medical history, pregnancy history, and name and address for follow-up. The staff of the facility is always available to help patients with problems. We provide a 24-hour nurse on call to handle emergencies.