Abortion Services Overview
Boulder Abortion Clinic offers:
- First Trimester Abortion up to 13 Weeks
- Second Trimester Abortion up to 26 Weeks
- Third Trimester Abortion (commonly known as late term abortion) over 26 Weeks
- Fetal Anomaly Patients are seen at anytime during pregnancy, but management will depend on length of gestation, medical indications, etc.
If you have an unplanned pregnancy, a complicated pregnancy, or are thinking about having an abortion, we want you to know that we are here to help you in every way we can.
It is our belief that women are entitled to the best medical care available regardless of their decision to carry the pregnancy to term or to have an abortion. It is also our belief that women who choose to have an abortion should be able to have it done under circumstances that are safe, dignified, humane, confidential, and supportive of her as a person.
We know this is a difficult decision for many women and that it can be a stressful time for you. We will provide you with the help you need to come to the best choice for you. If you decide to have an abortion, our first concern is for your safety and well-being. This section will tell you about the services we provide and the steps we take to assure your safety.
Services That We Provide:
|• Outpatient elective abortion through 26 weeks from the last menstrual period|
|• Medically indicated termination of pregnancy up to 36 weeks from last menstrual period (including fetal anomalies, genetic disorder, fetal demise, or severe medical problems)|
|• Diagnostic ultrasound for determination of length of pregnancy|
|• Pregnancy testing|
|• Birth control counseling|
|• Contraceptive care|
|• Problem pregnancy decision counseling|
|• Post-abortion counseling|
Dr. Hern has been a pioneer in developing safe abortion techniques throughout the range of pregnancy in which abortions are performed. Major complication rates in patients seen at Boulder Abortion Clinic range from 0.0001% (1 per 10,000) in first trimester abortion to published major complication rates of 0.2% in later abortion - the lowest complication rates in the medical literature. This is not an accident. All procedures at Boulder Abortion Clinic are designed to maximize patient safety and good surgical technique. Nonetheless, the risk of complications is not zero. Terminating a pregnancy is a surgical procedure that has inherent risks. The objective is to reduce risks by active prevention of complications.
Not a single patient experiencing first trimester abortion has suffered a uterine perforation during an abortion procedure begun at Boulder Abortion Clinic. While this is no guarantee that it can’t happen, it is a remarkable record of medical safety.
A major component of this safety program is the emphasis of sound preoperative evaluation of each patient, which includes a medical history, physical examination and diagnostic ultrasound evaluation.
A second component is strict attention to good principles of surgical technique and medical management.
A third component is proper postoperative care and follow-up procedures to assure prompt recognition and treatment of all complications, including the most minor.
A fourth component is constant evaluation and research on ways of improving safety and other aspects of abortion care.