Preparing for your appointment
Please let us know if you have any health conditions, drug allergies, or if you take any medication, including for asthma, ADD/ADHD, insulin, or blood pressure. If you take insulin for diabetes, DO NOT take it the morning of your surgery. Please bring your insulin with you along with a small snack.
Please bring any medications you are currently taking.
Please follow these preoperative instructions for a first-trimester surgical pregnancy termination:
- Do not have anything to eat 6 hours prior to your appointment, or anything to drink 3 hours prior to your appointment.
- Please make sure to bring a form of photo ID with your date of birth.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your appointment.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and underwear large enough to hold a sanitary pad. We will provide you with a pad on the day of your appointment.
- We welcome you to bring ONE (1) support person to accompany you on your visits. All escorts must present a photo ID and remain in the lobby.
- In consideration of all our patients, if you bring children to the appointment, please bring someone who can watch your child during your visit. If the child is being noisy, we ask you to step outside and enjoy the picnic area located at the bottom of the stairs.
Other helpful tips
Know where you’re going: familiarizing yourself with our location will help you feel comfortable and confident on the day of your visit. Directions to our office can be found on our directions page. Once you arrive at our office, walk over the footbridge, and proceed up the stairs, we are located through the first door on your right.
Bring a friend: Many women find that it helps to have a friend, relative, or partner come with them. Even if that person isn’t able to stay with you for the whole appointment, it might ease your mind to have a support person accompany you.
Wear headphones: Some women find it helpful to listen to music when they arrive at the office. If there are protesters, listening to music can block out whatever protesters might be saying and deter them from approaching you.
Occupy yourself in the waiting room.
*A special note about protesters
Not every clinic is harassed by protesters every day. Some clinics rarely see protesters while others may be targeted by a group of 5+ protesters. If you are concerned, ask about this when you call to make an appointment. Most offices have systems in place to help minimize interaction with protesters. If you do have problems, let our staff know.
If a protester approaches you: You don’t need to talk to them or answer their questions, you don’t have to take any of their pamphlets. If you feel intimidated by the presence of protesters, please call our office upon arrival and a staff member will gladly assist you in entering the office.
We have further information on our blog about how to deal with abortion protestors.