We arrange all the paperwork for your blood test and send this to your local lab. All you need to do is arrive at the lab and have your blood taken.
No one at the lab will ask you about why you are having a blood test, or if you are considering an abortion. Your test is a standard antenatal screening. The lab sends us your blood test results electronically and these are confidential. The results of your blood test are confidential. The lab sends these to us electronically. The results of your blood test will be discussed with you during your consultation with the nurse.
We need you to have a blood test to:
Ensure you are pregnant.
Measure your hormone levels to confirm how many weeks pregnant you are.
We also test:
To find out your blood group – what blood type you are.
Your haemoglobin levels, to ensure you are not anaemic.
For blood-borne STIs such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis.
You need to have your blood test at least 24 hours before your nurse consultation. If you haven’t managed to visit the lab, that’s okay, let us know and we will move shift your consultation with the nurse by a day or two to give you time.
On the day and time of your consultation our nurse will call you. We call from an unknown number to keep things confidential. Although your consultation is over the phone, our nurse is there to support you through every step.
On the day and time of your consultation you will meet with the nurse at one of our clinics. The nurse will take you to a private room so you can chat. You are welcome to bring someone you trust along with you.
During your consult you and the nurse will talk about:
Your general health and anything that may affect your care.
Your pregnancy. The nurse will discuss the results of your blood test and ask you questions such as the date of your last period.
Your home situation – where you live and who you live with. We will discuss your support network and anyone you may want to invite on your journey.
Further support around your decision. Whether it be before making your choice, or after your abortion, we can refer you to a counsellor who specialises in abortion care.
Once the nurse has understood all of the above, they will discuss your options with you. If a surgical abortion is the right option for you, the nurse will guide you through the journey of how it works, what’s involved, and what to expect. If future contraception is something you may be interested in, then this will also be discussed.
The nurse is there to answer all of these for you.
Our nurse is there to discuss your options with you. The ultimate decision is yours. If you would like to chat to a counsellor about how you are feeling, and what you are thinking, we can put you in touch with one.
This is your journey. If you need time to think about your options, then that is okay. You have our support regardless of your decision to proceed with an abortion or not.
Your nurse consult is not about convincing us that an abortion is right for you. We are not here to judge your decision but to facilitate you and your journey – whichever way that may take you.
Once you have decided you want to continue on your journey of an abortion, your medication pack will be prepared for you to collect from one of our clinics or given to you after your in clinic nurse consultation.