Is It Wrong to Bring a Child Into This World?

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Is it Wrong to Bring a Child Into this World?

If this a question you are grappling with, give yourself the necessary space and time to think it through

Perhaps you’ve heard the question. Perhaps you’ve asked it yourselfPerhaps for the first time in your life a positive pregnancy test has made it more than rhetorical – Is it wrong to bring a child into this world? It’s a question human beings have been asking for a long time. Throw in a worldwide pandemic, the threat of nuclear war, or a protestor with the sign “I wish my mom had aborted me” and one can’t help but think maybeMaybe it is wrong to add another human being to this insufferable place. And there’s nothing like an unplanned pregnancy to turn your world upside down and make you ponder such a deep dark question.

If only you could look into the future and ask your unborn child if they want to be here. But no, that’s not possible. This is a decision you must make. Let me offer at least three reasons why you might want to consider bringing a child into this world. 

First, let’s consider the times. No doubt this is a dark time in human history. Never before has a worldwide pandemic had such profound and long-lasting consequences. Not only have more than one million people died, but billions more continue to live under the threat of serious illness. And then there is the possibility of nuclear war because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And one doesn’t have to look solely to worldwide or global conflicts. There are problems in our own country as well; racial tensions, political tensions, environmental concerns, to name a few. All valid. All deeply concerning. 

But here’s the truth. There has always been sickness. There has always been war. There has always been tension.  Looking to our past we see life in the Middle Ages was brutal, full of death and disease. To live during any of the great world wars has been the destiny of billions. And yet, people have always continued to have children. If people then had stopped hoping for a brighter future and a better world, where would that leave us today? It just might be that love of family and a desire to provide and protect those we love might be the very fuel that compels us to keep reproducing. 

Second, let’s consider the economy. Some will argue our current economic climate is too uncertain, too unstable, to create the kind of world necessary for children to flourish. But any good business student can tell you there have always been and there will always be business cycles. Many living today remember the high inflation and gas lines in the 70’s.  As we approach double digit inflation once again, we realize this too shall pass. Ask any baby boomer and they are just as likely to have held a mortgage with a 10% mortgage rate (typical in the 80’s) as one at 2% (more recent). You can take a look at historical mortgage interest rates here. So remember, times change. This may be a challenging time to bring a child into this world, but if you follow some basic common-sense rules (like saving 10% of what you earn and living on less than you make), you will weather this storm and can reasonably expect better times to come.

Finally, and most importantly, let’s consider the future. Many will argue that more children mean a further strain on planet Earth’s resources. This may be true. The UN estimates our planet will add another 2 billion residents in the next 30 years, placing the population at about 9.7 billion people. However, it is also true that there is a slowing global fertility rate that might push the fertility rate below the 2.1 births per woman necessary to avoid an overall population decline in the long run. By 2050 the UN expects as many as 55 countries will have declining populations due to declining fertility rates. So the concern about the impact on future resources is at least mitigated by the slowing global fertility rate. You can read more about these estimates here.

So if it is good and right to at least think about the negative impact more children might have on this planet, is it not also good and right to think about the potential good? In other words, what is the potential positive future impact of these children? Well, for one thing, how about their minds? How about their creativity? How about their determination and drive? Our planet has many problems, yes. But it will take new and innovative ideas to solve those problems. If everyone decides the negative outweighs the positive, that fertility rate might just drop to the point where we deprive this world of the very thing it needs to survive…the human race.

So while each person must decide for themselves whether or not to bring a child into this world, it is important to remember there is much to consider. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, and this a question you are grappling with, give yourself the necessary space and time to think it through. 

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News, VA, we understand this is a weighty decision. We want to give you a safe place to process all of your options and to get the medically necessary information you need to make an informed decision. We offer pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD/STI testing, and options consultations. And we do it all at no cost to you. So you can take the time you need to slow down and think more deeply about how you want to move forward. Call us today or click here and request an appointment. We are here for you and we want to help.

By Sheri, Advocacy Manager

June 17, 2022

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Unplanned Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy doesn’t mean you have to change your goals, it just means you need to make a plan.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering what to do next. A positive pregnancy test may have you feeling overwhelmed with all the concerns that come with an unplanned pregnancy.

There are definitely things to do – and we will help with that. But first, let’s take a minute to think about a few things in a different way.

Imagine a day that you’ve gotten up early enough to shower, eat breakfast, do your hair, and STILL be on time for class or work. What a great feeling, right? You pat yourself on the back and head out with full vibes of positivity. You jump in the car and head down the interstate. Then…all of a sudden you see a sign that says, “DETOUR AHEAD” or “ROAD CLOSED”.

What do you do now?

You have to change your morning routine. You have to recalculate your arrival time. You have to rethink where you were planning to park. You may be late, but you do not have to give up on getting to class or work. You just have to stop and figure out how to adjust to this unplanned event. 

Now back to you – today. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy you may feel the same way.

So what should you do now? You’re not alone – we’re here to help with that.

    • Second, consider your options. A detour does not mean you cannot move forward. A detour offers you an opportunity to consider other routes. You can still arrive at your destination and reach your goal. At Alcove Health, we provide FREE options consultations and a safe space to process your thoughts and feelings.
    • Third, remember that unplanned does not mean impossible, insurmountable, or hopeless! The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines unplanned as “not expected or intended.” What the definition does not include are words like insurmountable, impossible, or hopeless. Having an unplanned pregnancy does not mean that it is no longer possible to achieve your goals. It does not mean that your life or the life of your child will be dim and hopeless. Sometimes the best part of the journey is the unexpected detour that allows you to discover amazing things you would never have seen.
  • If you’re trying to figure out how to handle the detour of an unplanned pregnancy in your life – contact us! Call or click here to request your free medical appointment. Here at Alcove Health, we see you and we want to help. Our free services including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, options consults – and even STI testing. A detour doesn’t mean your life is over; it means it’s time to make a plan. We can help with that!

By Karen, Client Advocate

June 15, 2022

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I’m Pregnant and Worried about the Formula Shortage

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I’m pregnant and worried about the formula shortage

Most pregnant women make a plan for how they will feed their babies –  breastfeeding, formula, or a mixture of both. In the past, women have made the decision based on what they think will work best for their babies and themselves – based on personal preferences, finances, and family/community support. But now many pregnant women are worried about the formula shortage. 

The current formula shortage has a lot of pregnant women thinking about breastfeeding; it even has some rethinking their original plans to rely on formula. It’s a frightening thing to think about not being able to meet the physical needs of our little ones.

So, should you make a decision to breastfeed given the current infant shortage?

Let’s start with the question without the current situation – simply, “Should you breastfeed?”

Well, yes. Unless.

You see breastfeeding is one of those “Yes, unless” questions. Some questions are answered with an easy yes: “Should I feed my baby? Should I keep my baby safe? Should I make sure my baby’s diaper is dry?” Yes, yes, yes – to all these questions.

Breastfeeding is not that simple, though.

We want you to know that here at Alcove Health, we’re not going to judge you based on your feeding decision. We know that being a good mother isn’t wrapped up all in this one decision about how you will feed your little one. After all, breastfeeding isn’t the measuring stick by which all motherhood is assessed.

Therefore, we’re going to discuss breastfeeding – but not as the most defining moment of your life or your baby’s life. We’re going to discuss it as an option. A really good option for feeding your baby. Because that’s true – whether or not you’re currently worried about the formula shortage.

Breastfeeding is good for your baby. Really good. In fact, breast milk is the best food for a baby in the first year of life – for the baby’s health, strength, and protection.

If you were all along planning to feed your baby using formula, you may not be aware of the best practices and benefits of breastmilk. 

So, slow down and give yourself some time to read and learn. You owe it to yourself to consider your options with accurate information. So start by reading HERE, HERE, and HERE. Additionally – for guidelines on breastfeeding from the American Academy of Pediatrics – read HERE.

Breastfeeding is best as an informed decision and the more you know about breastfeeding the more confident you will be in your decision – especially if you’re worried about the formula shortage.

Realize that breastfeeding is good for you too, mom. Nursing provides you with health protections and can reduce your risks for certain conditions and diseases.

And then there’s the money side of feeding your baby. Breastfeeding is good for your wallet. Instead of your money going to a local grocery store, the cost of formula stays in your wallet. That’s a pretty sweet perk.

But there are reasons you weren’t originally planning to breastfeed your baby.

Sometimes, the emotional cost of breastfeeding can be daunting. The emotional concerns are there –  including worries about isolation and dependency.

And then there are the personal questions – “What if I just can’t do it?” “What if my baby can’t do it?”

Whew. That’s a lot to think about. And worries can become overwhelming. But you’re this baby’s mother. You are stronger than you think. For all the “What ifs,” realize that there is help on the other side if nursing is difficult.

Like help from lactation consultants. Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it comes naturally. Sometimes natural things require training. Many hospitals will provide the assistance of a lactation consultant to help settle your uncertainties as a first-time breast-feeder. The consultant can answer your questions and help you problem solve if you’re having difficulty.

If you’re pregnant and worried about the formula shortage, we can help with breastfeeding classes, too. Just click here to request an appointment here at Alcove Health.

It’s important to remember that you won’t be alone in the process. There’s also your family and other people in your support group.

Do you know that support seems to play a big part in a woman’s decision to breastfeed? Women who have support from their family and friends are more likely to start and continue breastfeeding.

You may have made your decision to use formula without even talking to those around you. You may have assumed they won’t support it. They may have agreed with you that formula-feeding was the best decision for your family.

Here’s where you need to insert your voice. Share that you are worried about the formula shortage. A decision made when there was plenty of formula on the shelves will look different now. Difficulty finding formula for a hungry baby will put a strain on everyone. A plan to support you as you breastfeed could help support everyone in your circle. Make your desires – and concerns – known and ask for support from the people in your life.  This is a reasonable request!

Of course, there are reasons women can’t breastfeed (like low milk supply, medications, infectious diseases, and baby’s medical needs). Some of these reasons can be addressed while you’re pregnant; others may not be realized until after your baby is born.

Remember – formula shortage aside – for those who can’t or don’t breastfeed, according to KidsHealth:

“Infant formula is a healthy alternative. Formula provides babies with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Some mothers worry that if they don’t breastfeed, they won’t bond with their baby. But the truth is, loving mothers will always create a special bond with their children. And feeding — no matter how — is a great time to strengthen that bond.”

As with many of our mothering decisions, flexibility is important. The best feeding choice is a starting point – then we make adjustments based on the best we can do. After all, it’s important to have a healthy baby and an emotionally healthy mom.

You have a lot to think about. Remind yourself that you will make a lot of mothering choices over the next years. Whether or not to breastfeed is just one of those choices. But worrying isn’t a good choice. And it you’re worried about the formula shortage, today is a good day to start making a plan so you won’t be worried after your baby is born.

If you would like parenting classes (to include breastfeeding classes), please request an appointment with us by clicking here. Here at Alcove Health, all of our services (and classes) are free and we’re happy to help. Reach out today!

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

June 2, 2022

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Where Can I Get Help With An Unplanned Pregnancy In Gloucester, Virginia?

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Where Can I Get Help With An Unplanned Pregnancy In Gloucester, Virginia?

If you're faced with an unplanned pregnancy in Gloucester, please know you’re not alone.

Staring at a positive pregnancy test and wondering where to get help for an unplanned pregnancy in Gloucester, Virginia? You’ve come to the right place.

We know an unplanned pregnancy is, well, not planned. And not having a plan can be scary. Maybe even lonely. But if you live in Gloucester, please know you’re not alone. We see you and we want to help.

Sometimes, you just need a safe space with someone in your corner. Located in Newport News, Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is just a short drive over the Coleman Bridge. We’re your local team of registered nurses and client advocates, and we’re here for you – and every woman who faces an unplanned pregnancy in Gloucester.

So how can we help? We can provide you with a lab-grade pregnancy test, an ultrasound, and an options consultation. We can also provide you with STI testing to settle your mind. We’re a safe space where you can process your pregnancy, understand your options, and get the medical services you need to make the best decision for your reproductive health.

And the best part? We’re free and confidential. That’s right, even if you’re not a resident of Newport News, all of our services are still provided at no cost to you. Every single service.

We understand you have a lot to consider – and several options available to you. Don’t let the shock of a positive pregnancy test cause you to panic. An unplanned pregnancy in Gloucester doesn’t mean you can’t get the help you need. You have choices available to you and you deserve answers to all your questions.

So call us today or click here to request your no-cost medical appointment. Your pregnancy may be unplanned, but we can help you get the information you need to make a plan for your next steps.

Here at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic we say we are the first call for pregnant women. Make us your first call. That’s a pretty good plan.

By Sherri, Client Relations Manager

May 17, 2022

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I Am Scared Of Being A Single Mom 

I Am Scared To Be A Single Mom

The thought of parenting alone can be frightening. However, you are not alone.

This may not be how you planned to become a mother. Looking at a positive pregnancy test, you may have huge fears about being a single mom and you may be considering an abortion, which is just as scary. This is a situation that is common, with reports indicating that 85% of the women who obtain abortions are not married. The thought of parenting alone can be frightening. However, you are not alone.

I have been there. I remember feeling like a failure, feeling scared, and feeling like I had no control over my life. I can totally relate to your concerns about being a single mom. So, let’s work this out together. First, take a deep breath and take this decision seriously. Do not rush or make a rash decision. The pressures from society to live up to a certain standard or certain plan for your life do not matter. You matter and making a rash decision can lead you to a lifetime of consequences and possibly a lifetime of regret.

A fear most single mothers have is how they will financially support and care for a child on their own.  That’s why it’s important to plan! It may be hard, but with a plan and the right resources you will be able to focus on the rewarding parts of motherhood and not just the hard parts.

I wish someone had told me these ways to plan before I became a single mom:

    • Build a support system. You start building your list when you visit Alcove Health Women’s clinic. Our trained client advocates can also help you with over 300 community resources, including parenting classes, baby items and maternity supplies. Our registered nurses can get you headed in the right direction for prenatal care.
    • Connect with other single parents who can support you and give you advice.
    • Consider finding a birthing partner, who will hold your hand and be there with you throughout your pregnancy and birth.
    • The more you plan small goals and complete them, the more you will feel in control of your situation. Take it one day at a time and one goal at a time!

You may be considering abortion, but first you need to get the facts. Take time to quiet any voices around you that are trying to pressure you into a quick decision. Try not to lean into social media advice. This is a big decision, and it is permanent.

Here at Alcove Health, we can help you get the important information you need before you decide to have an abortion. Make sure the pregnancy has a heartbeat; miscarriages happen and if that is the case you may need medical help. You do not want to pay for an abortion you do not need. Also, you will want to make sure the pregnancy is not an ectopic pregnancy, which would be a medical emergency. Finally, our cycles are not always accurate, so you will want to make sure you know the dating of your pregnancy.

There are different types of abortions. You want to make sure that you protect yourself by knowing what is available to you and understanding the risks. Along with our medical services, we can give you an abortion consultation to help you get the information you need.

Having someone in your corner is important when you’re a single mom. Having a place like Alcove Health would have been exactly what I needed as a single mom; we will be what you need, too. You can count on us to be in your corner. Here at Alcove Health, we hear you and we want to help. Contact us by calling or making your no-cost and confidential appointment today.

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

May 10, 2022

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How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

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How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

The cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors.

One of the most frequent questions asked by those facing an unplanned pregnancy is “How much does an abortion cost?”  If that’s you, you may be surprised to find there is a wide range of answers.  That’s because the cost of an abortion will vary greatly depending on factors such as age of pregnancy (how far along you are), type of abortion, whether you request pain meds or sedation, the type of facility you choose, the type of medical provider, and so on.  The cost could be a few hundred dollars or a few thousand.  Among those factors, finding out the age of your pregnancy is an important first step. Fortunately, there is a way you can find that information at no cost to you.  There are women’s health care clinics in most cities that will provide you with a free ultrasound, which will give you the information you need to predict the abortion cost.

Many women rely on their LMP (last menstrual period) to determine how far along they might be.  Your LMP is a good place to start, but it is not always accurate.  An ultrasound is the most accurate method for dating a pregnancy.  Medical abortions are typically available for dates up to 10-11 weeks, while surgical options are typically necessary beyond that mark.  As you might expect, a medical abortion (series of pills) is less expensive than a surgical one.  Furthermore, as a pregnancy progresses, surgical abortions increase in price.  That’s why accurately dating a pregnancy is so important. It will affect the overall abortion cost.

In addition to helping you date your pregnancy, there is other important information that a free ultrasound can provide.  For one thing, it can help your medical provider rule out an ectopic pregnancy.  An ectopic pregnancy is one located outside of the uterus and is a medical emergency.  It can also help you discover whether your pregnancy is progressing by looking for a heartbeat.  If there is no heartbeat, you might be experiencing a miscarriage . 

One area women sometimes fail to think about when calculating the cost of an abortion is follow up care.  It is important to ask a medical provider about their policies and pricing for follow up visits.  Sometimes things do not go as planned and women need additional medical services.  There are risks to both types of abortion and it is important to know if follow up visits are included and what the overall abortion costs might be if there are complications. 

So if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and wondering about the cost of an abortion, consider finding a place to get a free ultrasound before you do anything else.  At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic in Newport News we provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STI testing; and we provide those services at no cost to you!  We also offer options consultations, so you will have a safe space to talk about your options with a trained client advocate.  Call us today or click here to schedule your medical appointment.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

May 3, 2022

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Do I Need an Ultrasound Before Taking The Abortion Pill?

Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?
Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Do I need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Whatever decision you make is lifelong, so don’t make a decision while in “panic mode.”

You’re looking at a positive pregnancy test. But what if you don’t want to be pregnant? A telehealth appointment and the abortion pill may seem like the ideal – and quick – solution to your unplanned pregnancy. But what about an ultrasound? Do you even need an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill?

Let’s think about this. Actually, let’s look at it from a different angle altogether.

So if you have a dentist appointment, and the dentist says he is going to pull one of your teeth, would you let him do that without telling you why it needs to be pulled, which tooth, and what the complications might be? So, let’s ask an even crazier question. If you talked to a dentist on the phone and he told you he needed to pull the tooth and he’s never even seen you in person, would you let him give you instructions on how to pull the tooth yourself? The obvious answer is no way

So then why would you take pills to have an abortion at home without seeing a medical provider and knowing some very important details?

For example:

  • Where is the pregnancy located? Is it in the uterus? If not, the abortion pill will not work for that pregnancy. Not to mention if the pregnancy is not in the uterus, it is called an ectopic pregnancy which is considered a medical emergency – meaning evaluation by a doctor ASAP. And the only way to know this is to have an ultrasound done before taking the abortion pill.
  • Is there a heartbeat? Why would you pay for a service that could be a financial hardship and may not be needed? Last year 33 of the women that came into our clinic wanting information about abortion left either with a negative pregnancy test or found out they were miscarrying. If they had not come in, they likely would have taken the abortion pill and potentially struggled with the after-effects like depression or regret, which can occur after having an abortion.
  • And finally, how far along are you in your pregnancy? To know that you need to know your EGA or estimated gestational age. This is a very important piece of information if you are planning on taking the abortion pill. The fact is that the further you are in your pregnancy the less effective these pills are at ending the pregnancy, especially without complications. The first pill, mifepristone, is only FDA-approved for 70 days or less since the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP) – that is 10 weeks.  So, that means you don’t want to be guessing or assuming your period came when it ‘normally’ does when taking abortion pills. It just isn’t safe. So why risk by guessing at all? You can know your EGA by having an ultrasound before taking the abortion pill.

I would encourage you to slow down for a minute and consider coming in to see us at Alcove Health where all our services are free – including our ultrasounds.

It is very rare that we make good decisions when we are stressed, pressured, or surprised by unexpected news. Not having all the information we need to make an informed decision can put us in a place of regret in the future. The “what-ifs” and “if I had known” thoughts play in our heads on repeat. Whatever decision you make is lifelong, so don’t make a decision while in “panic mode.” We want to be the safe place for you to slow down, talk, process your feelings, and consider your next steps with accurate medical information so you can make the best decision for your reproductive health. Call us today or click here to request an appointment.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

April 26, 2022

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Unplanned Pregnancy in Williamsburg, Virginia

Unplanned Pregnancy in Williamsburg, Virginia
Unplanned Pregnancy in Williamsburg, Virginia

Unplanned Pregnancy in Williamsburg, Virginia

Where do you turn to figure out what to do?

Williamsburg, Virginia is known for its history and tourism. But a positive pregnancy test with an unplanned pregnancy in Williamsburg can make every other local activity fade into the background.

So where do you turn to figure out what to do?

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is conveniently located several miles down the road in Newport News. We understand that a positive pregnancy test can be really stressful and make you feel like your whole life just got turned upside down.

And one way to lessen your stress?

Make a plan to do something. Call us.

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in Williamsburg, rather than worrying if your pregnancy test is accurate, or stressing over your options, or wondering if you even have a viable pregnancy – contact us here at Alcove Health. We’ll make you an appointment that can answer your questions and provide you with the safe space to process your feelings and understand all your options.

We provide support and medical services – like lab-grade pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and STI testing.

And while Williamsburg can be pricey, our services are not. In fact, we provide every single service at no cost. That’s right – you get all the services you need to make the best decision for your reproductive health without paying a single penny. That’s why we’re the best first call for any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy in Williamsburg.

Oh, and we don’t accept insurance payments either. This means there are no insurance bills mailed to your home – which may be especially important for you if you’re a student at the College of William and Mary. We know your privacy is important to you – and it’s important to us, too. After all, how can you rest when you’re worried about your privacy?

When you call Alcove Health, you can rest your wallet and your mind. So, call us today. Lack of knowledge is stressful and dangerous. Give yourself the space and opportunity to get the no-cost medical services you need and deserve. We can help with that. Contact us by clicking here or calling today!

By Sherri, Client Advocate

April 19, 2022

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Can I Get The Medical Abortion Pill After 10 Weeks?

Can I get the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks?
Can I get the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks?

Can I Get The Medical Abortion Pill After 10 Weeks?

Take the time to seek out answers and think through this pregnancy decision.

The “Abortion Pill” is a combination of two different medications to terminate a pregnancy. Mifepristone works by blocking progesterone from the pregnancy, and misoprostol causes cramping & bleeding to expel the pregnancy. If you’re considering getting the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks, you first need some information and an ultrasound.

Using the mifepristone and misoprostol combination in a medical abortion beyond 10 weeks gestation is not approved by the FDA. That’s calculated as 70 days since the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Some abortion providers would have you think otherwise, though. Planned Parenthood advertises that you can take the mifepristone up to 11 weeks gestation, thus allowing the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks – despite the FDA’s guidelines.

What’s the big deal you ask?  Mifepristone is a drug in a special category called REMS – Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy. REMS is a drug safety program that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require for certain medications with serious safety concerns. They have tightly controlled guidelines that must be practiced. They include:

1) The medication must be prescribed by a certified healthcare provider who meets certain qualifications, including signing a Prescriber Agreement Form.

2) The healthcare provider must obtain a signed Patient Agreement Form from the patient after counseling. 

3) Pharmacies that dispense mifepristone must be certified.

The FDA requires numerous tests and studies to develop an approved regimen for medication usage, and when the drugs are used outside of these national safety standards, it could be dangerous. Planned Parenthood has designed its own plan, to use the medications “off label.” They promote doubling the dose of misoprostol (the second medication involved in a medical abortion) to ensure that when a patient takes the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks the pregnancy will be completely terminated. The patient would then experience double the heavy cramping and increased bleeding with clots.

In 2021, the FDA modified the safety terms to allow the purchase of mifepristone over the internet. It was originally designed to be prescribed in person, and these safeguards were removed to allow for more access to abortion during the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Nevertheless, patients still require some laboratory tests before receiving this medication. Full disclosure of the necessary information needed includes:

1) assessment of the duration of the pregnancy

2) confirmation of no ectopic pregnancy

Other important safety considerations include:

    • Ensuring the pregnancy is viable (presence of a heartbeat)
    • Having access to surgical abortion in the case of unsuccessful termination
    • Counseling regarding the known effects of misoprostol in the event of an unsuccessful abortion
    • Blood Rh testing in case immunoglobulin needs to be administered

Medical abortion failure rates increase as the pregnancy approaches 10 weeks gestation and beyond. Medical abortions are most effective under nine weeks gestation – between 94-96%.  Medical abortion effectiveness decreases to 93% at 10 weeks. If given up to 11 weeks, the rate decreases again to 87% effective at terminating the pregnancy. Of course, if the termination is not complete, then a surgical procedure is required.

Alcove Health Women’s Clinic can provide valuable medical answers as you are trying to make a pregnancy decision. Our free and confidential services can provide you with:

1) the location of the pregnancy (ensure that it’s not ectopic)

2) the age of the pregnancy (needs to be under 10 weeks for medical abortion)

3) the viability of the pregnancy (ensure you’re not miscarrying)

4) STI testing (abortions can provide an opportune time for infections to spread into the reproductive organs & to the fetus)

5) education regarding abortion, its risks, and follow up needs

6) local medical referrals

This is your reproductive health we’re talking about. These facts are important to your physical health, your emotional health, and your finances! If you’re considering taking the medical abortion pill after 10 weeks, first take the time to seek out answers and think through this pregnancy decision. It’s a big deal – at Alcove Health, we are here to walk with you through it. Click here or call us today to schedule your no cost appointment.

By Meg, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

April 12, 2022

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Pregnant In College

Pregnant in College
Pregnant in College

Pregnant In College

Being pregnant in college doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams, it just means you need to make a plan.

So you’re in college. You’re finally getting back and forth to your classes on time. You’ve gotten acquainted with your roommates and worked out any discomfort or issues. You’ve even managed to connect with your professors. You’re doing well and feeling good about it. But then you miss you period. Don’t panic! If you’re pregnant in college, your first step is a pregnancy test and an ultrasound so you can process your pregnancy and understand your options. We can help with both of those.

Before you let your mind run wild with all the what ifs, what to do, what not to do, who to tell, or who to call….

Call Us! Call Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. We can provide a free pregnancy test and a free ultrasound for confirmation. We can also give you a safe and judgement-free space to process your thoughts and feelings, and discuss your options with a trained client advocate.

If you are pregnant in college, here are some things you should know.

    1. You don’t have to choose between parenting and college. You can do both! Parents In College reported that “Student parents are often motivated to pursue college by a desire to improve their children’s lives” and their study indicated that “student parents achieve higher grade point averages (GPA) than other students”. With the right kinds of support, you can still accomplish your educational goals.
    1. You don’t have to do it alone! You can build a network of family, friends, and other individuals who will provide the emotional and tangible support you will need. There are also community agencies and organizations that are able to provide assistance to meet your specific needs. At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, we provide information to connect you with community resources so you can get the support and help you need!
    1. And guess who else can help if you’re pregnant in college….your school’s Title IX Coordinator. Do you know there is a federal law that prohibits schools (who receive federal funding) from discriminating against you based on your being pregnant or being a parent? Title IX protects the educational rights of pregnant and parenting students! Check this out:

“Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities.”

“All public and private schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds (“schools”) must comply with Title IX.

    1. Colleges or universities cannot revoke your scholarship or campus housing because of your pregnancy! In fact, some schools have family housing units available on campus or within the community.
    1. You can meet with your schools Title IX Coordinator to learn how your school can help support you in continuing your education. You can also contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, at (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov

Knowing your rights is important. We believe in you. We want to help. Being pregnant in college doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams (blog link), it just means you need to make a plan. We’ve helped women from Thomas Nelson Community College, Christopher Newport College, Hampton University, and the College of William and Mary– and we can help you, too. Click here or call us today so we can give you the help and support you need.

By Karen, Client Advocate

April 5, 2022

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Unplanned Pregnancy

Facing an unplanned pregnancy and not sure what to do next? At Alcove Health all of our services are FREE...

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