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Bellevue, NE:
(402) 291-4797

Germantown, MD:
(301) 353-9200

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I prepare for an appointment?

  • Wear comfortable clothes (layers, a sports bra, and underwear).
  • We DO NOT allow any purses, bags, cell phones, or any device that has recording or camera capabilities. There are NO exceptions. This is for all patient privacy and security. You must leave these items in your vehicle or leave them with the person who dropped them off. You may bring in your wallet, keys, food, drinks, a book or reading device (as long as it doesn’t have a camera).
  • You must be on time for your appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late you may have to be rescheduled.
  • We DO NOT allow children inside of the clinic during abortion procedure times.
  • Expect to be in the clinic 2-3 hours if doing the medical abortion. If you are doing the surgical procedure thenplan to be here at least 4-6 hours. The times can vary depending on the amount of patients that are coming in and what procedure they are planning to do that day. Plan to be here the majority of the day to be safe.
  • Please take a shower the morning of your appointment and eat a light breakfast.

How secure is your facility?

  • We have double door entrance, which is equipped with a metal detector. We do not let anyone in the building without a photo ID. We do not allow cell phones, bags/purses, or any recording device in the building. We have a camera system indoors and outdoors surveying the property. We also have a great relationship with the local police and fire department.

Will my information stay private?

  • Yes. We are medical facility and are required to follow HIPPA regulations just like any other medical office.

What do I bring for my appointment?

  • We DO NOT allow any purses, bags, cell phones, or any device that has recording or camera capabilities. There are NO exceptions. This is for all patient privacy and security. You must leave these items in your vehicle or leave them with the person who dropped them off. You may bring in your wallet, keys, food, drinks, a book or reading device (as long as it doesn’t have a camera).
  • You need to bring your photo ID which matches the name you gave us when making your appointment and your form of payment
  • You can bring snacks, something to do (i.e. books, homework, journal, and newspaper).

Can someone come with me to my appointment?

  • Any adult can come with you to your appointment as long as they bring a photo ID.

Will I feel pain?

  • The medical abortion does involve cramping and heavy bleeding (like an intense period), but you are able to take Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and we will give you a prescription for a pain medication, which you can fill if you feel you need it.
  • For the surgical procedures we administer a local anesthetic which numbs your cervix. You do feel pressure from some of the instruments used and may experience cramping during your procedure, but you will not experience intolerable pain. We do our best to manage any discomfort or pain you may feel.
  • In Maryland we do offer IV sedation for surgical procedures.

Do you offer IV sedation?

  • We do not offer IV sedation in our Nebraska office, but it is offered in our Maryland clinic.

Do I have to have someone to drive me home?

  • No. You do not need to have a driver, as you will be able to drive yourself home. If you receive IV sedation (Maryland) patients, you will need a licensed driver to drive you home and to bring a copy of his/her license).

What types of procedures do you offer?

  • The medical abortion pill is available to most of our patient under 9 weeks and 6 days gestation (LMP).
  • D & C (dilation & curettage) are offered to all patients under 14 weeks and 6 days gestation (LMP). Typically lasting 10-15 minutes.
  • D & E (dilation & evacuation) are offered to patients who are 15 weeks and 27 weeks and 6 days (LMP), and are typically 2-4 day procedures. Typically lasting 20-30 minutes each day.

How far along in my pregnancy can I have an abortion?

  • In Nebraska we can perform your abortion up to 21 weeks and 6 days (LMP).
  • In Maryland we offer abortion up to 27 weeks and 6 days (LMP).
  • Abortions after 28 + weeks (LMP) in Maryland are available for fetal/maternal indications.

Can I get help to pay for my abortion?

  • We work with many abortion funds, including the National Abortion Federation and the Abortion Access Fund, which may assist in paying for part of your procedure, upon qualification. We can see if you qualify at the time of you making an appointment. If more fund are needed we can refer you to other funds who support our patients and many other across the country.

How much will I bleed after my abortion?

  • Bleeding usually occurs for 2-3 weeks and may be “off and on” for up to 6 weeks. Bleeding can be heavier than a normal period or you could not bleed at all. You also may pass some clots. When you are here for your appointment we will give you a “How Much Am I Bleeding” graphic to take home and educate you on what bleeding is normal and what would be considered concerning.

What is recovery like after my abortion?

  • You may return to normal activity following leaving the clinic. With the medical abortion there are no restrictions following your abortion. If you have a surgical procedure, there is a restriction of nothing in the vagina for 1 week (no tampons, douching, or sex).

What days do you have abortion appointments?

  • Nebraska- Thursday, Fridays, and some Saturdays
  • Maryland- Sundays-Wednesdays

If I am a minor can I have an abortion?

  • Definition of a Minor: In Nebraska, a minor is anyone under the age of 18 years old who is not married.
  • Nebraska’s Parental Notification for Abortion Law (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-6902- 6906) Nebraska law requires a minor to obtain notarized legal consent from a parent or guardian before being allowed to have an abortion.
    There are three exceptions: a medical emergency, a situation in which there’s proven abuse or neglect in the home, or a situation in which the court (“Judicial Bypass) agrees that there’s “clear and convincing evidence that the pregnant woman is both sufficiently mature and well-informed to decide whether to have an abortion.”
    We have a relationship with local lawyers who do pro bono (free) work in helping minors obtain judicial bypasses in a quick manner. Please contact the clinic at 1(800)737-3845 for further information about this process.
  • Definition of a Minor: In Maryland, a minor is anyone under the age of 18 years who is not married or the parent of a child.
    Maryland's Parental Notification for Abortion Law (Article 20-103 of the Maryland Annotated Code)
    Maryland law requires that one parent or guardian be notified before a minor has an abortion. The parent/guardian does not need to consent (agree) with the minor's choice, but does need to know the minor is planning to have an abortion. Maryland's parental notification law says specifically that no notification is required if, in the judgment of the doctor performing the abortion:
    The minor is mature and capable of giving her informed consent to the procedure, OR
    Notification would not be in the minor's best interest, OR
    Notice may lead to physical or emotional abuse of the minor, OR
    The minor patient does not live with her parent or guardian, OR
    A reasonable effort to give notice has been unsuccessful.

Do you have translators?

  • We have employees who are bilingual in Spanish and English, but we do not staff translators for other languages. We work with our patients in determining the best and most cost efficient way to access a translator for the procedure and follow up care.

Do you accept insurance for an abortion?

  • We do not accept insurance as a form of payment. We take cash, credit, or debit. We can file your abortion with your insurance carrier and if a payment if made, we will refund you up to the amount you paid. Under no circumstances will you be eligible or receive a refund greater than what you pay for your abortion. Insurance claims for abortions usually have to be submitted multiple times. The process can take anywhere from 3-6 months or even up to a year.

How do I pay for my abortion?

  • We accept cash, credit, or debit for forms of payment. NO CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS. If you are using a credit or debit card the card must match the name on the photo ID of the patient or person with you. If the cardholder is not present then you will need a notarized statement authorizing use of the card for your appointment. The full amount is due at the time of your appointment, if payment is not present then you will be rescheduled. (We do not accept Care Credit, we can accept Health Saving Account Cards (HSA/HRSA) if the patient is covered under that plan). There are organizations we work who provide funding and practical support for our patients. At the time of making your appt. we can see if you qualify for funding and refer you to other organizations if needed.

ABORTION ACCESS FUND, INC.

Support The Abortion Access Fund, Inc.

Abortion Access Fund, Inc. is a small clinic-based fund. Our mission is to increase access to safe and legal abortion care for women throughout the Midwest with financial and other assistance.

ABORTION ACCESS FUND, INC.

Support The Abortion Access Fund, Inc.

Abortion Access Fund, Inc. is a small clinic-based fund. Our mission is to increase access to safe and legal abortion care for women throughout the Midwest with financial and other assistance.

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