Category: Abortion Information

COVID-19 NOTICE

COVID-19 NOTICE Currently, our center is making efforts to minimize exposure and reduce transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to our patients, clients and staff. We are asking screening questions, prior to entering our facility to identify those who are at risk of COVID-19. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this process. If you have an appointment, please call us at 207-253-5555 and we will greet you at our front door. If you do not have an appointment, please call the above number to speak to someone for further guidance. It is important to stay home if you are sick to prevent spreading the virus. Please help us protect our vulnerable population by answering these questions Do you have any symptoms? Cough Fever (temperature above 99.5F forehead/ 100.4 oral) Shortness of breath, or lower respiratory infection symptoms   Have you had potential exposure? In the past month, have you been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have the coronavirus (COVID-19)? Have you traveled internationally in the past month? If you answer YES to any of the above questions you will be advised to call your primary care physician, Quick Care or Emergency Room, and you will be asked to schedule your appointment to a future date for the safety of our staff and patients....

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Herbal Abortion?

Are you considering a herbal abortion? Maybe you are feeling scared about your potential pregnancy. You looked for a clinic and can’t find one, can’t afford one, and or don’t have the support you desire. Or maybe you are looking for a natural way to terminate a pregnancy without pumping your body full of chemicals. We live in the land of “Do It Yourself,” so why wouldn’t a home abortion be in that category? Does Herbal Abortion Work? Though it seems easy to take these herbs to stop an unwanted pregnancy there are too many risks and unknowns about these herbs. Herbal remedies are not regulated by the FDA, this means they are not studied for toxicity, side effects, dosing, and mechanisms of action on the body. It is unethical to study on pregnant women, so it will be something that will never be fully studied. Information gathered about herbal abortions are from personal stories of trial and error. Due to these herbs being unregulated some women have lost their lives and experienced severe consequences like multi-organ failure. These herbs must be taken in specific quantities and duration. These specifics differ from woman to woman resulting in many toxicities and serious defects to the fetus when carried to term. Herbal Abortion Facts The percentage of these herbal abortions working, when taken correctly and at the right time, is low. That percentage drops each week the pregnancy continues. Really consider the idea of this much damage to your body and the potential for unsuccessful with teratogenic effects to your baby. Remember that overdosing can easily occur and to never ingest essential oils because of their poisonous effects.  The risks include but are not limited to: unsuccessful abortion, poisoning/toxicity, ectopic pregnancy complications, incomplete abortion, hemorrhage, and liver and kidney damage. Signs of toxicity are but not limited to: confusion, exhaustion, shock, hypotension, tachycardia, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, collapsing, and coma. If you start taking an herbal abortion and decide to not complete the course, there are damaging effects to both you and the fetus. An herbal abortion is not safe. Immediately seek medical attention if you think you have herbal toxicity. Self-induced abortions are dangerous due to the lack of support from medical professionals. When an abortion is performed at home it can be hard to know when serious complications arise because there is no monitoring from a medical professional. This is very dangerous to you as and by the time treatment is sought out it can be too late. Many factors go into monitoring like vital signs, bleeding status, and pain level. These can only be monitored and interpreted by professional medical personnel. Herbal abortions are not safe because of serious complications and a lack of professional medical personnel around to support you. It is important to remember that inducing an abortion at home through instrumental manipulation alongside these herbs is...

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Parenting 101

As you make your decision about how to proceed with an unplanned pregnancy, some of the thoughts going through your mind may be:  I’m not ready to be a Mom!! Or,  What do I know about taking care of a baby?!  These are common concerns for many expectant women.  Thankfully, this is another area where ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center’s can help! ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center’s trained client advocates are here to meet with you weekly, at a time convenient for you, to help you navigate a healthy pregnancy and prepare for parenthood.  As with all of ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center’s services, these 60 minute appointments are free and confidential.  During your time with a client advocate, you will view up-to-date programming about pregnancy, labor and delivery and/or parenting.  Some of the pregnancy topics offered include: what to expect during each of the trimesters; eating for two; your developing baby; and comfort techniques for labor and delivery.  Parenting classes cover subjects such as:  infant hygiene; bonding with your newborn; infant nutrition; and learning through play.  Most programs also include information that you can take home to further your pregnancy and parenting knowledge.  In addition to watching a video, your appointment will allow plenty of time to ask questions and discuss whatever’s on your mind with your client advocate.  While the programming can make a big difference in helping you feel more confident in your parenting skills, most clients also appreciate just having access to an experienced and empathetic listening ear to talk over their questions and concerns. Because we know your time is valuable and your resources may be limited, every time you come to ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center for a parenting class you will earn 25 points that you can use to “purchase” items from our baby boutique. Each 25 points you earn entitles you to choose 3 items from the boutique, or you can save your points for a gift certificate to purchase larger items such as cribs or strollers. The boutique offers a large selection of new baby clothing, blankets, diapers and other needed supplies. Those clients who have come consistently to parenting classes will also receive a free pack of diapers,  a free baby layette after their child is born.  And, the good news is, you can continue to come to ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center for weekly classes for a year or more after your child is born, gaining more knowledge on such topics as understanding newborns; your baby can sleep; and first year milestones. As your child grows, your points at the baby boutique will continue to accumulate. Embarking on the journey of pregnancy and parenthood can seem daunting. But resources are available and ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center is here to come alongside you and help you to take good care of yourself and your baby.  Call today and...

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What is Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception   What is it? Emergency contraception is any type of birth control used after unprotected intercourse or contraception failure has occurred. There are three types of emergency contraception: Plan B One-Step®, Ella®, and ParaGard (copper IUD). Your body and health are important, so take time to make an informed decision for you. How does emergency contraception work? Plan B One-Step® contains a high dose of lovonorgestrel. This is a hormone typically found in hormonal birth control pills though at much lower doses. It works by stopping ovulation, preventing fertilization (when the sperm meets the egg), and implantation (attachment to the endometrium). Ella® is a prescription medication which contains ulipristal. This inhibits or delays ovulation and can alter the endometrium (lining of the uterus) which effects implantation. ParaGard contains copper which is toxic to sperm and the ovum (egg). When ParaGard is inserted before ovulation it prevents fertilization and when inserted after ovulation it prevents implantation. ParaGard is a prescription and must be inserted and removed by a doctor. What is ovulation? Ovulation is when a mature egg (oocyte) is released from one ovary. A study, published in the National Library of Medicine, showed that most women ovulate on day 12-13 of their period cycle and are considered fertile. Sperm can live in a woman’s body for 2-5 days after intercourse. An egg lives for about 4-12 hours and will only continue to live and grow if fertilized by a sperm. A fertile window is determined when sperm can reach the egg which can only occur during ovulation. You can determine when ovulation occurs based on cervical mucous discharge. Why is ovulation important? These forms of emergency contraception will only work if taken when you are ovulating. Taking emergency contraception when you are not ovulating needlessly exposes you to the high dose of hormones and cost. Is emergency contraception effective? One study conducted by Plan B One-Step® found that 84% of pregnancies were prevented. Drug marketers claim that 7 out of 8 women who would have gotten pregnant did not. These numbers is based on the estimation of ovulation might have occurred and not actual pregnancies. Is emergency contraception considered an abortion? It depends on how you define the start of life. Some believe that pregnancy begins when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus wall. The scientific reality is that at contraception (when a sperm meets an egg) growth and many life defining qualities are determined in that moment like gender, eye and hair color. Both Plan B One-Step®, Ella®, and ParaGard may prevent the newly formed life to implant in the endometrium (uterine wall) which many consider this an early form of abortion because the start of life begins at contraception. Ella® is considered a category X drug which means it is contraindicated to be used in pregnancy. During lab testing Ella® caused abortions to animals,...

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What is the Abortion Pill?

What is the abortion pill? What does it do? How much does it cost? These are all questions you might be asking yourself if you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant. If you are pregnant and aren’t sure what to do next, it’s totally normal. Truth is, even women who do want children experience second thoughts and anxiety when facing an unplanned pregnancy. The most important thing is to be fully educated and knowledgeable of the abortion pill, and all your options, and how your ultimate decision will affect your life.     What is the abortion pill? Because they’re both pills, the abortion pill is often confused with Plan B. Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, is very different than the abortion pill, which is an actual abortion procedure. The main difference in the two is where the pills are received and how far along in pregnancy you can take them. Plan B is available over-the-counter and is taken immediately after intercourse, up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The abortion pill, also known as RU-486 and Mifeprex, must be administered by a medical professional and can be taken up to 10 weeks after intercourse, but is more successful the earlier its taken.   How does the abortion pill work? The abortion pill is a two-step process. A medical professional administers the first pill and the second pill is taken on your own at home, up to 48 hours later. The first pill stops your body from producing a hormone that is needed to further develop the fetus, while the second works to remove the tissue and empty the uterus, having the same effects on your body as a miscarriage. There is no set amount of time on how long it will take to start to empty the uterus after taking the second pill. You will likely experience severe cramping and bleeding during this process.   Am I eligible for the abortion pill? The abortion pill is 98 percent effective if taken in the first eight weeks of pregnancy, but can be taken up to 10 weeks after conception. In the event the procedure fails and is not successful, a surgical abortion will be required. To determine how far along you are, schedule a no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasound with a pregnancy care center, like ABBA, A Women’s Resource Center.   After passing the eligibility period for the abortion pill, it’s important to consider state laws for other procedures. In the state of Maine, aside from health-related exceptions, it is illegal to have an abortion if the fetus is viable, meaning that it could successfully live outside the womb. Fetuses are usually viable around the end of the second trimester, sometimes third trimester. In addition, women under the age of 18 require parental, guardian or an adult family member’s consent before receiving the procedure.   Cost of the abortion in...

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