Atlanta Women’s Center abortion clinic in Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Women’s Center (aka Atlanta Women’s Medical Center) specializes in first and second trimester abortion care up to 6 weeks in pregnancy, following current state regulations.
We proudly opened in 1977 and have been providing abortion care for over 40 years! We are located in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and are a state-licensed Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC). Our accreditation as an ASC requires a rigorous inspection that commits us to having excellent patient care, commendable safety records, continually educated staff, modern medical equipment and high standard policies and procedures.
When you visit Atlanta Women’s Center you will find a warm, friendly and inviting space that allows patients the freedom to make thoughtful pregnancy decisions surrounded by staff who respect your choices. Our Center offers a family-friendly waiting room and dedicated space for patients and families who need additional space to accommodate family members or clergy. Atlanta Women’s Center is an accredited member of the National Abortion Federation and a member of the Abortion Care Network, as well as the training site for many nationally recognized medical institutions.
Before your Procedure
When you arrive at The Women’s Centers for your abortion, you will be treated with compassion and respect while receiving the highest quality, individualized medical care. Your service will include a series of pre-procedure assessments with medical staff and patient advocates.
You will receive the following care as we prepare you for your abortion procedure:
Ultrasound – to determine the gestational age of the pregnancy
Lab testing – to determine RH blood type, hemoglobin level, and vital signs
History and Physical – to review your medical history, current physical state, and birth control options
Support and Education – to address your questions, concerns, and what to expect afterwards
First Trimester Abortion Procedures in the Center
At our Centers, abortion procedures in the first trimester are generally performed within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and are completed by a procedure known as dilation and evacuation (D&E). The procedure will take approximately 5 minutes, although your entire visit to the Center may take several hours (including wait time), to safely work with your unique body.
The procedure can be performed with either local or intravenous (IV) sedation. Most patients call local anesthesia “awake” and IV sedation, “asleep.” It is not uncommon for patients to choose to be “awake” for an abortion in the first trimester. If you choose local anesthesia you will be awake and conscious during your procedure. The medication will lessen your pain but you will still experience cramping and discomfort during the procedure. You will be able to leave the Center by yourself if you choose local anesthesia because you will be alert.
If you choose IV sedation you will get medications through an IV that will reduce anxiety and pain and cause a depression of consciousness. Choosing IV sedation means that you need to bring an escort who will register with you at the start of your appointment and assume responsibility for your safe delivery home after receiving the IV medications. IV sedation and local anesthesia are both intended to minimize discomfort but may not entirely eliminate pain or awareness of the procedure.
First Trimester Abortion Process Using Medications
At our Centers, abortion by pill is offered in the first trimester until 10 weeks of pregnancy. The appointment at our Center will take a few hours so that we can give you personalized care and partner with you to understand how to use the medications and how to contact us if necessary. In order to manage your pain, we can give you a prescription for pain reliever.
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