Finding out you are unexpectedly pregnant can be scary. Coming to the conclusion that abortion is the right decision for your situation can be equally as difficult. Through this stressful and emotional journey, you’re going to need the support of medical professionals you can trust.
All abortion clinics are different, depending on where you live and how they operate. It’s important to choose one that is going to provide you with the safe, compassionate, and high-quality care you need before, during, and after your procedure. As you’re considering your options, take the steps below to help you choose the right provider for your abortion.
First and foremost, make sure the clinic you’re considering is legitimate.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who prey upon vulnerable women looking to terminate their pregnancy. These types of clinics and groups will often refer to themselves as “crisis pregnancy centers” and aggressively advertise under the umbrella of abortion. Usually, these are anti-abortionists who are trying to manipulate you into changing your mind. Call the clinic directly and ask if they provide abortions. If they don’t give you a straightforward yes or no answer, don’t trust them.
Once you have verified a provider is legitimate, ask them for information about the procedure.
The staff at a safe and professional abortion clinic should always be able to provide you with unbiased, accurate, and detailed information about the procedure. A quality provider will want you to be well-informed and feel supported as you come to a decision and complete the process. Call or visit the clinic and ask questions like:
- What are my options for abortion?
- Can you walk me through what happens during the procedure?
- How should I prepare for my abortion?
- Do you provide aftercare and follow-up services?
- What are the costs of abortion at your clinic and what is included?
The staff should be knowledgeable in answering these types of questions and willing and able to give you all the information you request.
Do a little more research into a clinic’s reputation.
You can start by looking through their website and reading online patient reviews about their services. If they list any medical providers, look into their training and experience level. Have they been performing abortions for a long time? Is their history unclear? Don’t be afraid to ask.
If you have the time, make an appointment at the clinic before you have your abortion to get a better feel for the atmosphere. Does it seem clean? Does the staff treat you kindly? They should make you feel safe and as though they actively care about your physical and emotional wellbeing. If it doesn’t feel right for any reason at all, trust your instincts.
Look for a clinic that prioritizes your privacy.
The stigma that exists around abortion makes patient confidentiality a crucial component of a safe procedure. You shouldn’t have to stress about being judged by people in the waiting room or anyone who may be hanging around the doors of the clinic. Observe or inquire about where you will enter and exit the clinic for your procedure. Will you have to come back out through a busy waiting room? Is there security in place? A safe abortion provider should readily assure you and explain how they will maintain your privacy.
Since 1973, South Avenue Women’s Services has been providing the women of Rochester and other Western NY communities with safe and successful abortions. Our medical staff consists of doctors who are experts in medical and surgical abortion. Every one of our professionals is dedicated to using their experience and expertise to provide you with compassionate and confidential care before, during, and after your procedure.
For more information about our elective abortion services, send us a message online or give us a call at 585-271-3850 today.