The Decision

The choice for an abortion is not made thoughtlessly or easily. Women choose abortion for varied and deeply personal reasons. 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.

Visitors

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.

Be Patient

Because it takes time to give every woman individual attention before, during, and after the abortion, plan to be at the Center a couple of hours, depending on the patient’s length of pregnancy, medical history, and choice of medication. We are primarily concerned with patients’ well-being and we’re sure you would agree that should not be jeopardized to save time.

Arriving

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. Fees will be collected at this time.

Ultrasound

All patients will receive an ultrasound or sonogram to determine her length of pregnancy.  Sometimes a slim vaginal wand is inserted into the patients vagina to visualize the pregnancy. Sometimes a probe is simply placed on the patient’s belly to measure the pregnancy.  Your technician may do one or both and will decide at the time of the ultrasound based on what can be seen on the screen which should be used.

Laboratory

Laboratory personnel will then perform tests which include hematocrit, RH blood typing, and pregnancy testing.

Patient Education

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. After the group session, a staff member will then meet privately with each patient and discuss her situation and medical history. 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.

Eligibility

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.

Early Abortion

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 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.

D&E Abortion

These abortions performed after the 1st trimester 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.

Recovery

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.

Afterwards

Patients can resume normal physical activities the day after the abortion.   All prescribed medicines must be taken as directed and any unusual symptom such as excessive bleeding, severe cramping, or a temperature over 100F degrees should be reported. As a precaution against infection,  NO douching, NO intercourse, or NO tampons for at least 1 weeks after the abortion. The patient may return to the Center for a follow-up examination or see her personal physician or clinic.

Emergency Protocols

The Centers are fully equipped with emergency equipment and medications. In the rare event of a complication, personnel have been trained in emergency procedures.

Complications

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.