Finding a Reproductive Health Health care provider.

     After you have done the most difficult part of your journey, which is deciding which path to take, adoption, parenting, or abortion,  your hardest and most intense emotional work is done.  Now you must decide on  the where and when of your decision. For woman who feel that abortion is their best option, I have outlined some tips on how to find a provider for your care.

     Finding a reproductive health specialist is not always an easy task. In fact abortion providers are not present in many counties in the U.S., and traveling to another city or state is not uncommon to find the care you need.    Finding the right place for you care may require expert advice from people who know.  I recommend seeking advice from counselors who do this all the time.  The National Abortion Federation,  offers many services including assisting women who need abortion care including:

  1. locating a provider nearby you
  2. helping with the financial burden for women who qualify
  3. providing accurate and scientific facts about abortion

 National Abortion Federation:  https://prochoice.org   

 Toll free hotline for NAF 800-772-9100

 

Carolina Abortion Fund:  http://www.carolinaabortionfund.org

Toll-free hotline at 855-518-4603.



Is the staff knowledgeable & reflective of the community it serves?

     I would recommend asking several questions to all the personnel that you encounter prior to getting your reproductive health care there. 

 

Good questions to ask:

  1. "How long have you been in business?"
  2. "How experienced is your staff and providers?"
  3. "What is the plan if an emergency should occur?"
  4. "If I am experiencing any problems after my  care who can I call, and how soon can I come in to be re-examined?" (follow-up care within a reasonable amount of time should be at no additional cost)

 

     Not only will you get a good idea of how knowledgable and empathetic the staff are,  but you may learn more about this very common and safe procedure.   There are a lot a myths surrounding abortion care, and they can be scary to read about.  Two common myths are:

 

"Having an abortion is unsafe."

Fact : Abortion is one of the most common and safest procedures you can get.  It is not without risk, but the risk for a major complications that requires surgery, blood transfusion, or hosptalization after an abortion is less than 1% , and less than 3% for minor complications.  

 

"Women who get abortions are more likely to get breast cancer later on."

Fact:  While pro-life advocates often cite certain studies that have reported modest increase risks in breast cancer, many large epidemiological studies have not confirmed any increased risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recently issued a statement that said scientific evidence has not shown a definitive link between breast cancer and getting an abortion.  

 

Diversity: Many clinics are aware of the fact that when women have a sensitive health care issue they want addressed, they often feel more comfortable with women who look and are culturally similar to them.   A clinic that has diverse staff that reflects the community they serve is a sign of leadership that is committed to  offering culturally sensitive care.

      A knowledgable and  diverse staff  speaks well about the leadership of that clinic.  

 


Is the clinical staff experienced & cohesive?

     Like many things in medicine and life, experience seems to matter.  This is especially true for more complex cases. Some factors that can make an abortion procedure more risky include; women in the second trimester, patient's who have had multiple c-sections, and larger body habitus.  

 

 

     Look for staff and clinicians that are experienced and that have worked together a long time.  Good people tend to attract other good people, and they tend to stick together.   In my experience,  people who have worked together as a team for a long time, and work together well often provide high quality services.