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How to find us Follow Up Pregnancy If you have a medical abortion you must have follow up. We recommend that you attend a Advisory follow up appointment two weeks after the Centre abortion. You may wish to come back to the Centre or visit a health centre or doctor of www.pregnancyadvisorycentre.com.au your choice. Childcare Information We don’t have facilities for providing care at the Centre so please don’t bring children. In for Women an emergency we may be able to assist you with childcare arrangements . Considering TRAIN (easier to catch a train) Interpreters From Railway Station, North Tce, City Grange or Outer Harbor train Abortion We can arrange interpreters in all languages if you let us know when you to make your appointment. Woodville Park Railway Station Women from Rural Areas BUS From North Terrace, City If you’re coming from the country or Bus 151, 153, 155 isolated areas we can assist if necessary to with information about accommodation Bus Stop 19 on Port Road options and other services. Short walk down Park Terrace Teaching Health Workers For further information Pregnancy Advisory Centre Services at the Centre are provided by 2 1 Be l m o r e T e r r a c e health workers who have experience in 21 Belmore Terrace, Woodville Park SA 5011 Woodville Park SA 5011 this particular area of women’s health. Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am—4pm We also teach medical practitioners www.pregnancyadvisorycentre.com.au Phone (08) 8243 3999 and health workers about abortion Fax (08) 8243 3998 service provision. The health workers Phone: (08) 8243 3999 SA Country Toll free you see may be training and working Fax: (08) 8243 3998 1800 672 966 under the supervision of experienced SA Country Toll Free—1800 672 966 practitioners. E-mail: Pregnancy.Advisory@health.sa.gov.au April 2009 Abortion Services The doctor will: Information for Women Considering Abortion • confirm how far pregnant you are by doing an ultra- Medical Abortion: sound scan The Centre • check your medical history • available up to 9 weeks gestation (63 days) • ensure you are aware of the risks involved in the The Pregnancy Advisory Centre provides health • involves the use of tablets over 24-48 hrs to cause a abortion procedure and answer any questions you services for women facing unplanned pregnancy. It miscarriage may have is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday. • can take place at home, or at the Centre, after the • obtain your consent for medical abortion or surgical Services are confidential and free of charge. Partners, family members or friends are welcome. initial medication is given procedure • causes cramping & bleeding which may range from • make a time for operation, or for follow up of a We promote women’s rights to make informed mild to severe, so it is recommended you have a medical abortion decisions about their reproductive choices. support person with you during the miscarriage • provide tablets for a medical abortion We provide: • needs follow up with blood tests and/or an ultra • provide contraceptive prescriptions. • Emergency contraception (morning sound scan to ensure it is successful after pill) • is 95-98% effective. The Abortion operation: • Counselling • expect to be at the Centre for 3-6 hours • Pregnancy Testing • tablets are taken prior to operation to soften and • Abortion Services—Medical & Surgical Abortion: open the cervix Surgical • anaesthetic is used according to whether you want to • Contraception services following an • is available up to approximately 22 weeks be aware of the procedure or not abortion gestation • the cervix is gently stretched open and a suction tube • Sexual health care and information • is an operation done under anaesthetic at the used to empty the uterus • Community education and training Centre • the operation takes about 10-15 minutes • usually involves some cramping and bleeding after How to Contact us the operation • you wake up in recovery soon after • carries small risks (infection, damage to the uterus) • nurses will care for you providing medication for pain You don’t have to be referred by a doctor. which increase with the number of weeks and nausea Just phone us on (08) 8243 3999 and make • is a more complex procedure after 16 weeks. • you can have something to eat and drink soon after an appointment yourself. the operation All women attending the Centre seeking an abortion will have a consultation with a health worker and a • you can sit with your support person in the lounge Counselling doctor. This visit will take about two hours. area until you are ready to leave • you must not drive for 24 hrs after an anaesthetic If you’re pregnant and feel unsure about and you must have someone to drive you home or the best course of action, it may help to The health worker will: arrange a taxi make an appointment to talk about your decision with one of the counsellors who • talk with you about the pregnancy and your decision • it’s strongly recommended that someone stays with will explore your options with you. Post- • explain the medical and/or surgical procedure & you overnight abortion counselling is also available. the risks involved • you’ll be given information about what to expect, • provide contraceptive information including possible complications • answer any questions you may have • you can contact PAC staff during office hours with any questions or worries you might have after you Further counselling can be arranged if needed. leave. An after hours contact number will be available for medical emergencies.