Women seeking abortion services in the first trimester will find a competent and caring staff during their visit to ACWC.
Our state of the art surgery suite allows for patient comfort and confidentiality. Patients have the choice of General (asleep) or Local (awake) anesthesia during the procedure. Be mindful that the administration of anesthesia is based on your choice as well as your medical history to insure the safest procedure.
Upon admission you will have an ultrasound to determine the length of your pregnancy. The ultrasound is vital to insure the accuracy of the pregnancy termination procedure. After ultrasound you will have simple laboratory screening and RH blood typing. Blood typing is required to determine if your blood type is positive or negative. Rh negative women may be required to receive an injection of Rhogam.
Upon completion of these preoperative tests and your admission forms, you will be escorted to our OR Suite. Patients will be checked in by an OR staff member.
The ACWC will perform a first trimester surgical procedure from 6-14.0 weeks by the vacuum aspiration method. This method is the standard method of termination; it is a safe and uncomplicated procedure. The procedure involves the gradual widening of the cervix, followed by the insertion of a thin flexible tube attached to a vacuum aspirator which gently removes the contents of the uterus. The entire procedure will take 5-8 minutes and is performed by a Licensed Physician in the State of Georgia.
Patients who chose general anesthesia receive anesthesia from a Certified Nurse Anesthetist. You will not see or hear anything during the procedure.
Patients who chose Local anesthesia will be given preoperative
medications to relax the patient and minimize discomfort during the
procedure. A clinical staff member will be at your side supporting you
throughout the procedure which takes about 5-8 minutes.
When your procedure is completed you will be transferred to the recovery room where you will be attended to by a Registered Nurse. Here your vital signs and post-operative assessment will be performed and you will be discharged with your After Care Booklet, RX’s and your chosen method of birth control (if you so choose). Your post-operative check-up can be done here at ACWC.
What is RH Factor?
The positive and negative describes whether RH factor is present in
the blood. If the factor is present, the blood type is positive.
If the factor is not present in the blood, the type is negative. Other
than receiving a blood transfusion, pregnancy is the only time this can
be an issue.
Why is the Rhogam Given?
If an Rh negative woman is pregnant with an RH positive fetus, her body will produce antibodies against the fetus’s blood causing a disease known as Rh Disease. Rh immune globulin (Rhogam) is a vaccine that (should)/ (must) be given to a woman after an abortion, miscarriage, or pre-natal tests in order to prevent sensitization to Rh Disease.
What is Rh Sensitization?
If your blood type is Rh negative, sanitization to Rh-positive blood can occur if your blood mixes with Rh- positive blood during pregnancy; your body will produce antibodies to combat the Rh positive blood cells. Once your body has been sensitized to Rh-positive blood, it is incurable.
Atlanta Center for Women's Choice now offers medical abortions in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4pm – 6pm. Make your appointment today.
All patients who choose the Atlanta Center for Women's Choice find a responsive and caring atmosphere that is respectful, compassionate, and non-judgmental.
ACWC offers reduced fees for Medicaid Recipients, Full Time Students, US Military patients and family members.
Contact Us Today for more information, you can also begin making your appointment (link to make an appointment) at this time as well. If you begin making your appointment now be sure to read Georgia's Women's Right to Know Act ( http://health.state.ga.us/wrtk/ ) . All women having an abortion in the State of Georgia must be given this information at least 24 hours prior to having her procedure