Your Best First Step Before Visiting An Abortion Clinic In Norfolk
Are you currently considering an abortion? We specialize in offering you a free comprehensive abortion consultation so you can make a confident, fully informed decision. The Norfolk Keim Center has served thousands of women in our community and we understand that your choice regarding your pregnancy can be difficult. In fact, we recognize this may be one of the most important decisions of your life. Same-day appointments available so you can be seen right away in your time of need; the choice is yours, but we can help.
Before making your appointment with an abortion clinic, here are some questions to consider:
Am I Sure That I’m Pregnant?
A single positive pregnancy test alone should never be used in determining an abortion decision, as it is important to know that 15-20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Additionally, some pregnancies occur outside of the uterus, also known as an ectopic pregnancy. Should these complications arise, an abortion may not be needed.
The Norfolk Keim Center can give an FDA-approved laboratory-grade pregnancy test and provide an ultrasound, all at no cost to you. The ultrasound is necessary to confirm a viable uterine pregnancy, cardiac activity, and how far along you are. For the health and safety of our patients, we also provide a list of important questions to ask the abortion provider prior to your procedure.
What Abortion Options Are Available?
The abortion options available to you are based on how far along you are in your pregnancy. This can be determined by an ultrasound, which is performed by our licensed medical professionals at our Norfolk location at no cost.
The different types of abortion procedures include:
- Methotrexate (MTX)
- Abortion Pill / Mifeprex / Mifepristone (RU-486)
- Suction Dilation and Curettage (Suction D&C)
- Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)
- Dilation and Extraction (D&X) / Intact Dilation and Extraction (IDE)
- Intra-cardiac Injection
The Abortion Pill
The abortion pill, also known as a medical abortion, is among the most common abortion procedures. With the abortion pill, there are two steps. First, you take a pill called mifepristone which stops the pregnancy from growing by blocking your body’s progesterone. After taking mifepristone, you then take misoprostol within 48 hours, which induces a similar experience to a heavy period and is like a miscarriage. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
Is the Abortion Pill Effective?
How effective the abortion pill depends on how far along in your pregnancy you are. This can be determined by an ultrasound that we can provide to you at no cost at our Norfolk location. If you’re considering the abortion pill or are unsure of what options might be best for you, set-up a same day appointment to speak to one of licensed medical professionals today.
The Norfolk Keim Center Is Committed to You
At the Norfolk Keim Center, we provide a safe and comfortable environment for you by carefully screening and training all our staff. You will be treated with kindness and empathy, always receiving honest and open answers from our all-women staff. We also take privacy very seriously. Patient information is held in strict confidence, and all communication is handled with the highest discretion.
All Our Services Are Available at No Charge
Our patients will never receive an invoice for services provided at the Keim Centers. We don’t ask for insurance information and we don’t have a billing department. The Keim Centers receive no financial gain from your decision and can provide services at no cost to you because we’re a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. There are local individuals, foundations, and organizations that help cover these costs because they believe in helping women.
If you’re currently facing a mistimed pregnancy and are unsure of what to do, schedule a free same-day appointment with our Norfolk office. During your visit, you will receive support from not only a licensed medical professional but also a caring patient advocate. No matter your decision, we want to be a part of your journey and be there to support you.
In the Community
The Keim Centers are all about community. In the past couple of years, we’ve attended multiple events in Norfolk, including:
- Calvert Square Community Fun Day
- National Night Out
- LAUNCH Community Fair (2018 & 2019)
- Family Community Day
We’ve also had a presence at the Norfolk State University Health Fair and Old Dominion University.