Detailed Information About Abortion Procedures
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. By Mississippi State law, State mandated information has to be given in person at least 24 hours prior to the abortion procedure. At this time, our phone counselors are available Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm CST, and Saturday 9am to 12pm CST. 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. Patients not counseled at least 24 hours in advance will be rescheduled in order to meet State requirements. Therefore, it is extremely important to be on time for all appointments. Lab work, ultrasounds, and pre-op counseling will be performed 24 hours prior to the abortion. Phone hours are subject to change.
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 3-5 hours, depending on the patient's length of pregnancy. 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 warmly by a receptionist who will ask her to complete some admissions and medical history forms. A staff member will then meet privately with each patient and discuss her situation and medical history. Fees will be collected at this time.
Laboratory personnel will then perform tests which include hematocrit, RH blood typing, and pregnancy testing.
On the first visit, patients receive informational group counseling in person with a medical doctor. 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. 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. Options available to the patient are discussed, as is birth control and aftercare.
Eligibility for abortion procedures is up to the physician performing the abortion. Patients traveling great distances should have their pregnancy confirmed by a pregnancy test before making the appointment. Any information concerning the pregnancy should be brought to the clinic. We use our physician's pelvic exam, the date of the patient's 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 more advanced, the procedure takes a little more time and more recovery time is sometimes required.
Following the abortion, the women are closely monitored and rest in a comfortable recovery room under the supervision of the nursing staff. Before discharge, they 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 NOT 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 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 3 weeks after the abortion. The patient may return to the Center 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 Centers are 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.
• Eat a light breakfast.
• Bring all prescription medications you are currently taking with you to the clinic.
• Bring at least 2 self-adhesive Maxi-Pads (sanitary napkins).
• Bring picture ID with birth date on it.
• Minors under the age of 18 must have both parent's consent for the abortion if names are on the birth certificate. . Parents must accompany the patient and have picture ID. If one parent has custody and there is no court order for joint custody or for child support, the custodial parent needs to bring divorce decrees or death certificate and may be asked to sign a statement regarding parental contact. Must have long form birth certificate ($12 from the Health Department) and picture IDs for parent(s) and minor. One parent can get a notarized statement from the other parent stating that s/he is aware that the minor is having an abortion. If a minor cannot tell her parents, she can go to Chancery Judge in home county or Hinds County to get judicial bypass. Minor will have to convince the judge that she is mature enough and well informed enough to have the abortion without parents' knowledge.
• You must have someone drive you home after the abortion as there may still be some effects from the medication. The procedure will not be done if you do not have a driver with you.
• Patients may be accompanied by 1 adult. Children are not allowed in the Center.
• Payment in full is due at the time of the appointment unless prior insurance arrangements have been made. All fees are payable in cash, money order, or major credit cards. No checks will be accepted. The card owner must be present to sign the sales receipt if a credit caard is used.
• $150 will be collected on your first visit.
• Please be on time for your appointment, otherwise it may be necessary to reschedule the visit.
• Please bring any necessary medical records with you.
• You will be at the Center 4-6 hours each day Please bring a book or some other activity to help pass the time.
• There may be protesters outside on the day of your procedure. If there are protesters outside on the day of your procedure, please ignore them and come directly into the clinic. You do not have to stop.
• Please do not bring anything larger than a wallet to the clinic. No purses, bags, or coats.
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ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.