Abortion Safety Checklist
Because abortion is a serious medical procedure, we have compiled this abortion safety checklist to inform you of each step you should take prior to scheduling a procedure. If you have questions about any of these steps, feel free to contact us.
1. Confirm Your Pregnancy
Did you know that an at-home pregnancy test is not considered medical confirmation of pregnancy? You need to have an ultrasound to confirm that you are really pregnant, that your pregnancy is viable, and that your pregnancy is located in the uterus. The staff at Compass Women’s Center can provide you with a medical provider referral for an ultrasound at no cost to you.
2. Understand the Procedures and Risks
As with any medical procedure, it is important to understand the procedure and how it could affect your body afterward. Being informed about the procedures and risks is your right, and we can provide that to you during a pregnancy decision consultation.
3. Ask How Complications are Handled
Take time to research your potential abortion provider. If an emergency should occur, does he or she have the necessary privileges to admit you to a hospital? Check to ensure your potential abortion provider is a licensed physician and a board-certified gynecologist. If you are unsure how to do this, we would be happy to help.
4. Learn About Each Option
For many women, it can feel impossible or overwhelming to consider having a child, but it is much more possible than you might realize. Take some time to look through the resources that are available to help you either parent or create an adoption plan for your child. Becoming informed of your other options is a necessary step to making the best possible decision.
5. Know that it is Okay to Change Your Mind
This is your body, and your decision to make. No matter what step in the decision-making process you are in, it is okay to take a deep breath and say that you need more time to consider your options.
Compass Women’s Center provides resources and services to women experiencing unexpected pregnancies. If you are or think you might be pregnant, there is support here for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn about your options.