What Options Do I Have for My Pregnancy in and Near Cameron, Missouri?

You didn’t plan to be pregnant. And now you feel like you’re facing the most daunting decisions you have ever had to cope with. At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we understand the feelings of shock and disbelief when you’re looking at your positive home pregnancy test, and you weren’t expecting to be pregnant. Your thoughts are overwhelmed with questions like “What do I do next?” and “What are my options?” You need answers to your questions, and we are here to help you take one step at a time towards an informed and confident decision about your unexpected pregnancy.

Make a Pre-Abortion Screening Appointment

Your first step to exploring your options is to make a pre-abortion screening appointment at our licensed medical clinic to confirm you’re pregnant and get the critical information you need to make the right decision for you and your future. We have a new Missouri location if you live in Cameron, Hamilton, Maysville, Gallatin, or any of the surrounding communities.

You’re probably wondering what happens at a pre-abortion screening appointment. At your appointment, you will meet with compassionate advocates and licensed medical professionals.

Your no-cost appointment will last about an hour and includes:

  • Lab-grade pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy
  • Pre-abortion ultrasound: If your pregnancy test is positive, we provide you a no-cost limited ultrasound. An ultrasound confirms your pregnancy is viable, so you don’t have an abortion you don’t need. About 1 in 3 pregnancies do not carry to term, and 80 percent of miscarriages happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. An ultrasound also determines the location of your pregnancy; a pregnancy implanted outside of your uterus would need medical attention.
  • Pre-abortion sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing: With a positive pregnancy test, our licensed medical personnel also provides no-cost STD testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. STD testing is important whether you choose abortion or to continue your pregnancy.

We offer STD testing to protect you from infection and future complications. If you have an abortion with an untreated STD, you can be at risk for developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can lead to chronic pain and infertility in the future.

  • Information about abortion and procedures available: It’s important to us that you have reliable and accurate facts, so acritical component in the pre-abortion screening appointment is sharing information about abortion and the different procedures available at different stages of pregnancy. We’ll answer all your questions about medical abortion (also known as RU486 or the abortion pill) and surgical abortion.
  • Information about other options available: We’ll also help you explore other options available to you if you choose to continue your pregnancy. We’ll provide information and resources you need about parenting or various forms of adoption.  
  • A safe place to explore your options without pressure: One of the many benefits to a no-cost women’s center is that we don’t financially benefit from your decision in any way. Our only agenda is to empower you with accurate information so you can make a confident decision. We are a safe place, which means you will always be respected here, and you will never be pressured or judged about your choices.  

What Options Do You Have For Your Pregnancy?

Even if you’ve already determined that one pregnancy option is the best choice for you, it’s crucial to explore all aspects of each option as thoroughly as you can. It will empower you and allow you the opportunity in the future to look back on this difficult time and know you made the best decision with all the needed information.

You have options for your pregnancy: abortion or continue your pregnancy. If you choose to continue your pregnancy, you then have time to decide between parenting or adoption.

1. Abortion

Abortion is the process of ending your pregnancy. Our trained medical staff will give you information appropriate for your stage of pregnancy since different procedures are available for different stages of pregnancy. We’ll also provide resources that will help you ask yourself clarifying questions so you can decide if abortion is the right choice for you.

There are medical abortions and surgical abortions.

  • Medical Abortion

A medical abortion (sometimes called the abortion pill or RU-486) is an option if the gestational age of the pregnancy is 10 weeks or less and if your pregnancy is confirmed to be viable; both of these criteria can only be confirmed by ultrasound.

You take the first medication (mifepristone) at a clinic. You take the second medication (misoprostol) at home 6-48 hours later, depending on the clinic instructions. Typically, you will start cramping and bleeding about 1-4 hours after taking the second pill, and the abortion is often completed within about 5 hours. Afterward, you’ll want to rest, and the cramping and bleeding will lessen. If the medical abortion fails, a surgical abortion will be required.

  • Surgical Abortion

If the gestational age is shown to be greater than 10 weeks, you will need a surgical abortion performed at a clinic. Aspiration (vacuum) abortion and dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortion methods are used depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

2. Continue your pregnancy

For various reasons, some women feel abortion is not an option for them, but they aren’t sure if they are ready to parent a child. If this resonates with you, discuss it with one of our advocates, and they can help you look at the benefits of parenting and adoption. If you choose to become a  parent, we can provide you with community resources designed to help women in situations just like yours to reach their goal to parent successfully.

Sometimes, women want to continue their pregnancies, but don’t feel ready to become parents yet. We hear women say, “I could never give a child up for adoption,” but after they discover the benefits of open adoption, they change their minds.

There’s no doubt about it; deciding about an unexpected pregnancy is really tough, but we at Willowbrook Women’s Center are here to provide critical information and guide you through breaking it down into one step at a time. If you live in or near Cameron, Missouri, make your pre-abortion screening appointment at our newest location, or you can call 816-244-7824.

An Unexpected Pregnancy in Late 30s
unexpected pregnancy in late 30s

You’re feeling pretty stunned right now. You’re in your late 30s and just found out you’re pregnant – unexpectedly. There’s no doubt about it; an unexpected pregnancy in late 30s is very different from one in your teens or 20s.

Whether you’re apprehensively excited about the news, or completely devastated, you’re not alone. Our caring advocates at Willowbrook Women’s Center have walked many women through processing options and concerns upon discovering they were pregnant unexpectedly. We are here for you too!

Processing Your Concerns

When a women in her teens or early 20’s becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she is concerned about things related to starting out in life: how to tell her parents, how to finish her education, the impact on her future career plans, financial fears, boyfriend and social relationships, body image, etc.

But your feelings and concerns in your late 30s are different.

You never expected to be facing an unexpected pregnancy now:

First, the odds of conceiving unexpectedly are lower than when you were younger. In fact, a woman in her late 30’s only has a 52% chance of becoming pregnant within a year of trying to get pregnant. So the fact that you conceived unexpectedly is against the odds, which intensifies your shock.

You wonder how your friends, family, and partner will respond. The good news is you have more life experiences behind you and have learned to focus less on the opinions of others.

You might have older children and adding another would be starting over. So you do the math to see how old you will be when another child graduates high school. Frankly, it’s scary to think about. Or maybe, your children are all boys or all girls, and the possibility of a child of the opposite sex is reservedly nice to imagine. You vacillate between “I can do this,” and “I can’t do this.”

If you are feeling a wide array of reactions that change from moment to moment, you are normal! There are many other women who have been in your shoes. Seek them out, and ask them how they decided what to do. Ask them how they feel about the decision they made.

You also think about health risks:

It’s true there are increased health risks when you’re pregnant in late 30s. However, with good lifestyle choices and prenatal care, you can have a successful outcome if you choose to continue your pregnancy.

Ways to lower risks:

  • Prenatal care and testing
  • Prenatal vitamins/folic acid
  • Healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Regular dental appointments
  • Exercise
  • Refrain from smoking and alcohol

Although you may want to get advice from those you trust about your next steps, remember that whether or not you continue your pregnancy is your decision to make.

We are here to help you make a confident decision

Make an appointment today at Willowbrook Women’s Center for a no-cost pregnancy screening appointment. Our licensed medical professionals and trained, compassionate advocates will listen to your concerns without judgment and help you to make a confident decision about your pregnancy.

Making an Educated Pregnancy Decision

Some decisions sure are easier than others. On the other hand, making an educated pregnancy decision when you have an unplanned pregnancy is a lot harder, certainly more emotional, and will be a pivotal moment in your life, no matter which path you choose.

So, how do you do it? How do you choose which path is right? First, understand that the decision is yours to make and no one else’s. Sure, you can ask for input, but at the end of the day, you are the one who will live with the decision you make, and you must be the one to choose what you feel is best for YOU!

Know Your Options

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options for your future—abortion, adoption, and parenting. Abortion means terminating the pregnancy, whether through chemical means (the abortion pill, if early enough) or surgery up to twenty-one weeks, six days pregnant in Missouri. Adoption means going all the way through pregnancy and choosing a couple to parent. Parenting is going through pregnancy and you choosing to become a parent.

Evaluate the Options

When evaluating those three choices, take a few minutes, find a comfortable, quiet place, and begin looking at what each of those options entail. Then, take a piece of paper and write two columns for each of the three options, labeling one pros and the other cons. 

After that, list what you believe to be the pros and cons for each option. This will help you to find some clarity so the next step might be easier. Consider, then write down what you think your life would be like in the future with each option and write it down.

Come to Willowbrook Women’s Center

Once you have had time to consider your options, make an appointment and come visit us at Willowbrook Women’s Center. We are a non-profit organization located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Since 1998 we have been providing no-cost services to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. We will go over all the information with you, make sure we answer your questions, and help you make a confident decision.

Confirm Your Pregnancy

Once you’re here, we will also offer you a no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy test to confirm your at-home results. Sometimes tests are wrong, or the way they were used was incorrect, and we don’t want you to make decisions that could be based on a false test reading. 

If your pregnancy is confirmed, we will offer you a limited ultrasound to confirm that the pregnancy is healthy and viable and that there is no ectopic pregnancy (a condition requiring immediate medical care).

The last step is to receive information on the options and abortion procedures available to you based on the ultrasound findings. The medical staff will also talk with you about the importance of STD testing and offer you free screening. Untreated STDs can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), a chronic and painful experience that we would like to help you avoid.

Make an Appointment Today

Give us a call or go online to make an appointment today. If you don’t have the time or space at home to consider your options, that’s ok. You can do that here. We’re here to be your first step, to empower you so you can make a confident decision.

How to Know if Willowbrook Women’s Center is Right for You

When you first discover you are unexpectedly pregnant, you might be in shock. Life just got really messy, and you don’t know where to turn, who to talk to, or what to do. A quick search on Google shows a few places where you can go. As you read through the list, one pops out at you, but how can you know if Willowbrook Women’s Center is right for you?

The first step when looking for a pregnancy center is to hop online, go to their website, and look at what services they offer, and also check to see what services they don’t offer. This will help you set the right expectations if you choose to pay them a visit.

What it is Like at Willowbrook Women’s Center

One thing that is difficult to evaluate from a website is what it’s actually like when you walk into a place. Our clinic is clean, inviting, peaceful, and staffed with caring and compassionate advocates and licensed medical personnel whose goal is to help you feel comfortable.

We are here to focus our attention on you in a kind and gentle manner with no judgment. You will have our full attention and we are committed to protecting you and your privacy.

One of our patient reviewers summed it up nicely, writing, “The most encouraging group of ladies. The appointment takes about an hour. They give a lot of great resources and information.”

Our Services

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we offer a number of different services. They include:

Confidential appointments: Our services are strictly confidential, and your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We will not reveal to anyone that you have been to our clinic and because all of our services are no cost, nothing is filed with insurance.

Lab-Quality Pregnancy Tests: Our licensed medical professionals will offer you a no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy test and once it has been completed, will go over the results with you.

Ultrasound: If your pregnancy test is positive, we will offer a no-cost ultrasound. This will tell you how far along you are, if you have an ectopic pregnancy (a dangerous condition requiring immediate medical treatment), and if your pregnancy is viable.

STD Testing: This is an important step before getting an abortion. Left untreated, an STD could affect your future health and result in chronic pain and infertility. STDs can be sneaky and have no symptoms. If you have had unprotected sex, you are at risk.

Abortion Information: As part of our pre-abortion screening, we will provide you with information about abortion (including different methods and what you can expect the cost to be), and we’ll go over all the information with you, answer your questions, and help you make a confident decision.

Community Resources: If you choose to continue your pregnancy or need treatment for a positive STD test, we will provide you with a list of resources from the community to help you. We partner with doctors and agencies to provide services, resources and ongoing support.

Make an Appointment

If you need help, call and make an appointment. We are here for you and will do everything we can so that you can make the best possible decision for YOU!

If after you have made the appointment, you find you cannot make it, or change your mind, that’s ok. Just give us a call, and we will be happy to reschedule or cancel it for you. This way we can open up that time to someone else that is looking for an appointment.