Abortion an Option? Come to YFL First.
If you’re considering an abortion, you’ll want to come to Your First Look first to make sure you have all the information you need to make the decision that is best for you.
The first person you’ll meet when you come to Your First Look is our intake coordinator. She is the person you spoke to on the phone when you called and she will greet you at the door as well. She will then share with you what to expect during your visit so there are no surprises.
Next you’ll meet your advocate who will go over your situation to see how we can help you. She will then review all your options, including abortion, adoption and parenting.
The advocate is here for you. Her focus is on answering your questions, providing information, and helping you to feel confident in your decisions.
While you’re meeting with your advocate, a nurse will be performing a pregnancy test. When you are finished meeting with the advocate, she will take you to the nurse who will get medical information from you and answer any questions you have. If your pregnancy test is positive, the nurse may offer an ultrasound to confirm that your pregnancy is viable (living in the uterus). Whether an ultrasound is offered will depend on how you are feeling that day, if you are bleeding, and when your last period was.
Besides telling you if the pregnancy is viable, the ultrasound will also tell you how far along you are. This is important to know if you are considering an abortion. The nurse will also talk to you about STD testing. STD testing and treatment should take place before an abortion to avoid getting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Your advocate will be in the room with you when you have an ultrasound. We will make sure your privacy is protected during the scan.
If you brought someone with you to your appointment, you will have the option to bring them back to see the ultrasound, if you wish.
After the ultrasound, you and your advocate will meet to go over your Personalized Solutions Assessment. This will let you know specifically what resources are available to help you and may include things like getting health insurance, housing, finding a doctor, and more.
If you are undecided following your appointment, you will be invited to come back for another visit as many times as you wish as you consider your options.
We will also invite you back if we can’t confirm a viable pregnancy. It may be that you are too early in the pregnancy or that you have had a miscarriage.
Our follow-up coordinator will contact you after your visit to see if there is anything else we can do to help you.
We promise that you will always be treated with respect and compassion every time you come to Your First Look.
The photo here shows members of our Patient Services Team, including the director, the intake and follow-up coordinators, and patient advocates. These are an amazing group of women who are here just for you.