Get The Facts Before Calling Any Provider!


Get The Facts Before Calling Any Provider!

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First of all, it’s important to note that not all providers are equal. Before you choose an abortion provider, we strongly encourage you to consider the following:

1. Is the clinic licensed?

In Ohio, abortion providers do not necessarily have to be licensed. This is important to note because those that are not licensed are not subject to health and safety inspections. Moreover, even licensed clinics may not be regularly inspected. Therefore, it is up to you to carefully look into the clinic you choose. In order to check for recent inspection information, google “abortion clinic inspections in Ohio” and look for information on the provider you are considering.

2. Additionally, you have the right to ask for the credentials of the doctors and staff, their experience, as well as any medical malpractice the clinic or staff have been involved in.

Prior to, you may want to ensure the person performing the abortion In Hebron, OH is a board-certified OB-GYN. Since this is not a requirement in Ohio, other types of physicians and even non-physician healthcare professionals might perform the abortion.

3. What does the clinic do in case of an emergency?

For instance, does the doctor have admitting privileges at the nearest hospital? Obviously, risks are involved with any medical procedure. Therefore, it is important that the clinic has a plan for any circumstance that may arise, even if it is rare.

4. What anesthesia do they use and who is responsible for administering it?

Unquestionably, a trained physician or certified nurse anesthetist are the only people that should be administering anesthesia.

5. Will the provider be performing an ultrasound?

We highly recommend you receive an ultrasound before you have an abortion. This is because an ultrasound is very important in confirming the viability, location, and gestational age of a pregnancy. Please note: dating a pregnancy by your last menstrual period is not the most accurate assessment of gestational age. It’s important to have an accurate assessment by ultrasound because gestational age affects which abortion procedure is performed and how much you are charged. Additionally, ultrasounds are essential in diagnosing ectopic pregnancies, which are life-threatening if left untreated.

Heartbeats offers free ultrasounds to qualifying patients as part of our no-cost pregnancy verification appointments.

6. What procedures do they offer?

Note that not all providers perform all types of abortions. For instance, some only offer medial abortions and do not perform surgical abortions. With a medical abortion, there is a small chance that the pregnancy will not completely expel or terminate. If that should happen, you should find out what your next step would be, where you would be treated, and what additional expenses you can expect.

7. How many visits are required?

Since every clinic has different policies, you should be sure to ask how many visits are required. It is important to have at least one pre-visit to discuss the procedure with the doctor and have all your questions answered. Afterwards, it is also very important to have at least one follow-up visit with an ultrasound. This is because you want to ensure that the abortion has completed, and you are healing as expected. Additionally, you want to find out if all of these visits are included in the abortion price or if there will be additional costs.

8. Can your partner, friend, or parent come with you to your appointments?

It would be good to have someone with you for emotional support, as well as a driver in case you find yourself unable to drive home after the appointment, but understand that person will not likely be with you for the entire procedure.

9. During your initial pre-abortion consultation, ask yourself:

  • Is the clinic clean?
  • What is the atmosphere like?
  • Is the staff taking the time to answer all your questions fully?
  • Are they listening to any concerns you have?
  • Do you feel like they are judging you or pressuring you to make a certain decision?

10. Always remember, you have the right to change your mind.

At Heartbeats, we care about YOU. While this might be a scary and overwhelming time, you don’t have to face it alone. You can be sure that our nurses and staff are here to listen to you and give you the information you need to make a safe and healthy choice.

Gynecology and Society of Family Planning Committee on Practice Bulletins, Creinin, M, & Grossman, D. (2014). Medical management of first trimester abortion. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2014(143), 1-18. Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-bulletin/articles/2020/10/medication-abortion-up-to-70-days-of-gestation

Kaiser Family Foundation. (2021). State ultrasound requirements in abortion procedure. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/state-indicator/ultrasound-requirements/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

Kaiser Family Foundation. (2021). Regulations on facilities and clinicians providing abortions. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/state-indicator/regulations-on-facilities-and-clinicians-providing-abortions/?currentTimeframe=0&selectedRows=%7B%22states%22:%7B%22illinois%22:%7B%7D%7D%7D&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

*We do not refer for or perform abortions.

Abortion Provider Hebron, OH 43025, 43098
Hebron is a village in Licking County, Ohio, United States.

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