What to Expect from Your First Appointment

Like most women, going to a clinic specializing in reproductive services can be nerve-wrecking, to say the least. The stress can be even greater if at a clinic with men. At White Oak Women’s Center, the licensed professional team is made up entirely of women, so there’s an immediate level of comfort and familiarity, even if an appointment may seem like a daunting task. There is a relaxing waiting room with a sofa and chairs. There is even a Keurig, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you wait.

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There are two segments to your first appointment: the meeting with your advocate and the meeting with your nurse.

When you meet with your advocate, she will perform a brief situation assessment, review your options, including the abortion procedure and its risks and side effects. She will then review with you your Personalized Solutions Assessment Plan. This will be a very informative meeting that aims to give you confidence in whatever decision you make concerning your unplanned pregnancy. At White Oak Women’s Center, we believe that if you know your options, you know your future.

Next, you will meet with your nurse. She will answer any medical questions you may have concerning your pregnancy. She will perform a pregnancy test. If a positive pregnancy, an ultrasound exam may be offered to confirm pregnancy and determine how far along you are. Your nurse will also provide you with STD testing information and, should you or the nurse suspect an STD, an STD test will be performed and the result ready by your second appointment (usually one week later).

Can I bring anyone to my appointment?

Yes! White Oak Women’s Center encourages the support of friends and family during your appointment. Please note that, in an effort to comply with HIPAA Privacy Standards and provide the highest quality of care, your initial assessment must be performed without any guests. However, at your request, guests are welcome to join you during your ultrasound exam.

The most important thing to remember is that your advocate and nurse are in support of getting you the most accurate and relevant information possible so that you can make your informed choice with confidence.

If you have further questions about your appointment or would like to schedule one, please call us at (815) 408-0793.

5 Rights Every Woman Seeking Abortion Needs to Know

To be called pro-choice is to be in favor of a woman having the choice to terminate her pregnancy. Merriam-Webster defines it as “believing that pregnant women should have the right to choose to have an abortion.” The first law of making any decision, especially decisions that affect a woman’s health, is to be fully informed.

Every woman seeking an abortion has these rights:

 

1. She has the right – to insist that her abortion can only be performed by a licensed physician.

For most routine non-invasive procedures, knowing a physician’s history of medical malpractice may come off as excessive, possibly unnecessary. However, an abortion is an invasive procedure. If done incorrectly, an abortion can lead to hemorrhaging, infection and even death. Of the almost 42 million abortions performed performed worldwide, nearly half are performed by unskilled individuals.1 A woman should know she has the right to see proof of her physician’s license. In fact, she should insist upon it.

 

2. She has the right – to know the medical malpractice history of the physician and to know whether his or her license to practice medicine has ever been suspended or revoked.

In 2011, Dr. Kermit Barron Gosnell, who ran the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic in Philadelphia, PA, was charged with 8 counts of murder, 24 felony counts  of performing illegal abortions beyond the state of Pennsylvania’s 24 week time limit, and 227 misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law. After an adult patient, Karnamaya Mongar, died following an abortion procedure, an investigation was sparked into the practice of a clinic that had not one licensed physician on staff.  It is a woman’s right to know whether her physician is licensed to perform abortions – her life depends upon it.

 

3. She has the right – to know if this doctor has an insurance policy that will protect she and her family in case she is injured or killed during the procedure.

Most abortion clinics are independent from hospitals, running as small operations offering women a specialized service. No clinic is automatically insured… requesting to know that the clinic is currently insured during and following your abortion is every woman’s right.  Do not sign anything that says you or your family will waive the right to sue the clinic should you be injured or killed during the abortion.

 

4. She has the right – to insist that if she is injured during her abortion, she is to be immediately transferred by ambulance to the nearest emergency hospital or trauma center.

46,000 women die each year from unsafe abortions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, complications from unsafe abortions in the developing world contribute to 47,000 preventable deaths each year.2 The World Health Organization reports that deaths due to unsafe abortion remain close to 13% of all maternal deaths. 3

 

5. She has the right – not to have an abortion.

The Patient Bill of rights continues “Regardless of your age, marital status or any other factor, no one has the legal right to make you have an abortion.” Making an informed decision about abortion means you need to know more than just your right to choose to have an abortion; it means you need to know your right to choose not to have an abortion.

References

  1. Guttmacher Institute. (n.d.). Facts and Consequences: Legality, Incidence and Safety of Abortion Worldwide. Retrieved from https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/12/4/gpr120402.html
  2. Guttmacher Institute. (n.d.). Facts on Induced Abortion Worldwide. Retrieved from http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_IAW.html
  3. WHO | Preventing unsafe abortion. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/unsafe_abortion/magnitude/en/

4 Steps to Take Before Abortion

Before You Decide about Your Pregnancy4 Steps to Take Before Abortion

You think you might be pregnant and you’re not sure what to do. At this point, even though emotions may be running high, it is important to get the information you need. Especially if you are considering an abortion, there are certain steps your medical provider should take in order to prepare you to make the best decision for your future.

1. Assess Your Health– You’ll need an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) test to make sure you don’t have chlamydia or gonorrhea, both of which can have negative consequences if they are not treated before getting an abortion or giving birth. At White Oak Women’s Center we can provide this for free.

2. Perform a Pregnancy Test– Although home pregnancy tests can be very accurate, only a medical professional can provide you with a verification of pregnancy which can be used by Medicaid and your insurance company.  Our medical staff can provide both a high quality, early pregnancy test and give you a verification of pregnancy.

3. Determine Viability and Gestational Age– A positive pregnancy test does not necessarily mean that your pregnancy is viable, or will continue. One in five pregnancies end on their own before seven weeks due to natural processes, such as miscarriage. It is also very important to find out how far along you are in your pregnancy as this will determine which abortion procedures you would be eligible for. White Oak Women’s Center can provide a free ultrasound so that you can have the information you need.

4. Provide Information on all Pregnancy Options– At White Oak Women’s Center we will give you information on all the options available to you. We will also give you a personalized plan so you know what to do with your next step.

No matter what you are planning to do with your pregnancy (or even if you have no idea) you need to have accurate information so you can make an educated decision. White Oak Women’s Center wants to provide those answers. To set up a free, confidential appointment, call 815-408-0793.