order to know which type of abortion you are eligible for, you should have an ultrasound exam to confirm viability and determine the gestational age of your pregnancy. This will determine the type and cost of your abortion. The Center for Life Choices does not benefit financially from any choice. We do not perform abortion or place children for adoption. We do provide valuable and important pre-termination information if you are considering abortion. We inform, you decide.
To schedule your free consultation and ultrasound exam, make an appointment online or call (707) 463-1436.
- [DDET What are the most common types of abortions?]The most common types of abortion are RU-486 (the abortion pill), suction/vacuum aspiration, and dilation & curettage/evacuation.[/DDET]
- [DDET What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 9 weeks pregnant?]
You are eligible for RU-486: Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol, commonly called the abortion pill. Mifepristone is given orally during your first office visit. Mifepristone blocks progesterone from the uterine lining, causing the fetus to die. This may cause contractions to expel the fetus.
Misoprostol tablets are given orally or inserted vaginally during the second office visit which occurs 36 to 48 hours later.
You will return home where the misoprostol will start contractions and expel the fetus. This may occur within a few hours or in some cases up to two weeks after taking the misoprostol.
A physical exam is given two weeks later to ensure the abortion was complete and that there are no immediate complications.[/DDET]
- [DDET Are there any possible side effects from taking the abortion pill?]
-The procedure is unsuccessful approximately 8-10% of the time, thus requiring an additional surgical abortion procedure to complete the termination
-Not advised for women who have anemia, bleeding disorders, liver or kidney disease, seizure disorder, acute inflammatory bowel disease, or use an intrauterine device (IUD)[/DDET]
- [DDET What does fetal development look like at 5-9 weeks?]
-Heart begins to beat, brain and spinal cord develop
-Hands and feet are forming
-Every essential organ has begun to form
-Bones begin to form, muscles can contract
Medical citation: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/medicalabortions.html
Fetal Development citation: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-care/PR00112[/DDET]
- [DDET What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 12 weeks pregnant?]
You are eligible for Suction Aspiration or Vacuum Aspiration. A patient will lie on her back with feet in stirrups and a speculum is inserted to open the vagina. A local anesthetic is administered to her cervix. Then, a tenaculum [a slender sharp pointed hook attached to a handle, and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts] is used to hold the cervix in place for the cervix to be dilated by cone shaped rods.
When the cervix is wide enough, a cannula, which is a long plastic tube connected to a suction device, is inserted into the uterus to suction out the fetus and placenta.
The procedure usually lasts 10-15 minutes, but recovery may require staying at the clinic for a few hours.[/DDET]
- [DDET Are there any possible side effects from a suction or vacuum aspiration abortion?]
-Nausea & cramping
Less frequent side effects include:
-Possible heavy or prolong bleeding
-Damage to the cervix
-Perforation of the uterus
-Infection due to retained products of conception or infection caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or bacteria being introduced to the uterus can cause fever, pain, abdominal tenderness and possibly scarring[/DDET]
- [DDET What does Fetal Development look like at 9-13 weeks?]
-Genitals have formed
-Baby can make a fist
-Buds for baby teeth appear
Medical citation: http://americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/surgicalabortions.html
Fetal Development citation: http://mayoclinic.com/health/fetal-development/PR00113 [/DDET]
- [DDET What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 15 weeks pregnant? ]
You are eligible for D&C: Dilation & Curettage. Dilation and curettage is similar to suction aspiration, except that it uses a curette: a long, looped shaped knife that scrapes the lining, placenta and fetus away from the uterus. A cannula may be inserted for a final suctioning.
This procedure usually lasts 10 minutes with a possible stay of 5 hours.[/DDET]
- [DDET What does Fetal Development look like at 14-16 weeks?]
-Fingerprints have developed & baby begins sucking
-Patient can feel baby start to move (fluttering)[/DDET]
- [DDET What type of abortion am I eligible for if I am up to 21 weeks pregnant?]
You are eligible for D&E: Dilation & Evacuation. In most cases, 24 hours prior to the actual procedure, the abortion provider will insert laminaria or a synthetic dilator inside the patient's cervix.
Cone-shaped rods of increasing size are used to continue the dilation process.
The cannula is inserted to begin removing tissue away from the lining. Then using a curette, the lining is scraped to remove any residuals.
If needed, forceps may be used to remove larger parts.
The procedure normally takes about 30 minutes and is usually performed in a hospital setting because of the greater risk for complications.[/DDET]
- [DDET Are there any possible side effects from a dilation & evacuation abortion?]
- Bleeding, nausea and cramping may occur for two weeks following the procedure.
- Infection due to retained products of conception or infection caused by an STD or bacteria being introduced to the uterus can cause fever, pain, abdominal tenderness and possibly scarring.
- Although rare, damage to uterine lining or cervix, perforation of the uterus, and blood clots are additional risks related to dilation and evacuation.
- [DDET What does Fetal Development look like at 17-20 weeks?]
-Nails growing on fingers and toes & eyebrows and eyelashes grow
-Patient feels baby's movements more strongly
Medical citation: http://americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/surgicalabortions.html
Fetal Development citation: http://mayoclinic.com/health/fetal-development/PR00114[/DDET]
- [DDET What is Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS)?]
Post Abortion Syndrome is a stress reaction experienced after having an abortion. PAS is a sub-category of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. [/DDET]
- [DDET Who gets Post Abortion Syndrome and what are some of the possible symptoms?]
PAS Symptoms (including percentage of women who experience them after having an abortion): -Guilt (61%)
-Suicidal Thoughts (32%)
-Suicide Attempts (28%)
-Flashbacks to Abortion (28%)[/DDET]
- [DDET What are some of the factors that determine if a woman will experience Post Abortion Syndrome?]
-A crisis situation surrounding her pregnancy and/or urgency she feels when making the decision to have an abortion
-Absence of a support system
-Obligation to keep her pregnancy a secret
-Denial about recognizing and resolving her sense of loss
All information cited here was obtained from The Elliot Institute P.O. Box 7348 Springfield, IL 62791[/DDET]
The Center for Life Choices connects patients to local resources and services in order to ensure that they receive support throughout and after their pregnancy.
- [DDET How can adoption be good for me and my baby?]If you are not ready to be a parent, choosing adoption is another alternative that is a win/win for you and your child. You can plan for your baby's future by selecting a stable, loving family to care for him or her. After birth you can see your baby, name your baby and spend time with your baby, or not. If you so choose, you may be able to get updates on your child's progress or have ongoing visits throughout your child's life while you continue your education or career goals. [/DDET]
- [DDET Can I choose a family for my baby?]Yes, most agencies have many different families from which you can choose. These families have been screened and approved. There are additional options such as choosing a friend or someone who has been recommended to you. Your agency will discuss these options with you.[/DDET]
- [DDET How much contact can I have with my baby after birth and after adoption?]You may have as much contact with your baby at the hospital as you desire. When planning your child's adoption, you can choose an open adoption plan that allows ongoing visits with your child, or you can choose less open adoption that keeps you informed about your child's progress through letters and photos. Adoptive families respect your need to know that your child is loved and happy. If you prefer not to have any contact with your child or the adoptive family, confidential adoption plans are also possible.[/DDET]
- [DDET How soon after birth can my baby go to the parents I choose?]The timing of your child's placement depends on three factors:
- Your preference for the time of placement: Many birthmothers want their baby placed with the adoptive family directly from the hospital. Some women prefer to place their baby in temporary care while they consider their adoption decision. Your agency can help with either option.
- Legal aspects of adoption, which may vary from state to state
- The cooperation of the birthfather [/DDET]
- [DDET How much will my child know about me?]That depends on what type of adoption you choose - open, semi- open, or confidential. Also, your agency will encourage you to provide your complete medical and social history to your child, no matter what type of adoption plan you make, and in some states that information is required. You may choose to share your identity and where you live with the adoptive family. If you've made an open adoption plan, you may have ongoing, direct contact with your child and the adoptive family. The information your child will know about the birthfather depends on his relationship with you and your counselor. Most birthfathers give their complete medical and social history, recognizing how important it is for the child. In some cases, the only information available about the birthfather is what the birthmother provides.[/DDET]
- [DDET Does the birthfather have any rights?]Both you and the birthfather have rights. If you disagree about adoption or you no longer have a relationship with him, your agency will work with the birthfather and/or the courts to determine if his rights can be terminated.[/DDET]
- [DDET Can my child find me if he/she wants to search someday?]The laws in your state determine when and how your child may have access to information in the adoption file. Your caseworker will explain the current laws as they apply to your adoption plan.[/DDET]
- [DDET How can I be sure my child will be well cared for?]Adoptive families approved by your agency must meet standards that are shared with you. Your agency will make every attempt to complete a thorough assessment of potential adoptive families. Prior to finalizing the adoption, a caseworker will make home visits to ensure the child's well-being. In an open adoption, you will see for yourself how well your child is cared for and how much your child is loved.[/DDET]
- [DDET Do I need an attorney or do I pay my agency to assist me with the adoption?]In most states, you do not need an attorney and there are no costs to you. The adoption agency will handle all of the legal details for you and birthfather.[/DDET]
- [DDET Does the agency offer assistance with medical and living expenses while I am making an adoption plan?]Assistance with medical and living expenses is available through many agencies. Your caseworker will tell you how your agency can help you in your particular circumstances.[/DDET]
Health Insurance, medical care, baby items, financial aid, and housing may be available to you should you decide to have your child. During your first appoinmtnet, The Center for Life Choices will provide you with a list of resources based on your needs.