Where do I start?

First things first:

STEP 1. Confirm the pregnancy - there’s no point worrying unnecessarily.

  • The quickest easiest & cheapest way is to buy a pregnancy test kit from any supermarket or pharmacy. Most manufacturers claim the modern tests are 99% accurate. If there is any doubt, follow up tests can be done by a Dr or nurse.

STEP 2. Consider your options – find someone you trust, will offer support and listen.

  • An unplanned pregnancy often causes confused feelings and panic. It’s important to think about your situation carefully before making a decision. AMAC provide decision counselling services if you need our assistance.

Options to consider are:

  1. Continuing the pregnancy & parenting a child – Contact a GP or midwife for maternity care. There may also be financial assistance available to help. Visit http://www.workandincome.govt.nz for information & advice.

  2. Continuing the pregnancy & placing the baby for adoption or whangai. Contact your GP or a midwife for maternity care & visit http://www.cyf.govt.nz for information & advice.

  3. Ending the pregnancy by abortion – Go to STEP 3 - Referral process (standard pre-abortion requirements).

STEP 3. The abortion referral process – The first step in being able to access an abortion service.

Whichever abortion service you intend to use, first see a doctor to arrange the required tests & provide a letter of referral. AMAC provides referral services for women choosing to attend AMAC, public hospital or late abortion specialists in NZ and overseas.

PLEASE NOTE: Please contact your doctors surgery or a family planning clinic if you require a female doctor to do your referral.

The standard required tests are below & can be provided at a thirty minute referral appointment visit at AMAC, family planning or a GP.  

MIMIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ABORTION PROCEDURES - Updated March 2017

  • Doctors letter of referral

  • 1st Antenal bloods (Blood group and Rh status as a minimum for non-healthcare eligible patients)

  • Haemoglobin

  • High vaginal swab (requesting bacterial vaginosis, candida & trichomonas)

  • Chlamydia swab    

Plus the appropriate pregnancy confirmation tests below

1. SIMULTANEOUS ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICAL ABORTION MEDICATIONS (1 visit)

  • <7 weeks LMP (48 days) pregnant confirmed by:

  • 2 x Bhcg - 2nd test result increasing & a maximum of 6,000 IU/L

    Or

  • An ultrasound scan confirming < 49 days gestation on the AMAC appointment date.

2. MEDICAL ABORTION PROCEDURES (2 visits) 24 – 36 hours between medications

  • FROM 7 - 9 weeks LMP (49-63 days) or  Bhcg >6,000 mIU/ml

  • An ultrasound scan confirming <64 days gestation on the AMAC appointment date.3.   SURGICAL ABORTION (1 visit)

3. <13 weeks (12 weeks 6 days)

  • An ultrasound scan confirming an intrauterine pregnancy <13 weeks gestation on the AMAC appointment date.

Where there is a medical indication or it is part of another abortion services requirement, AMAC arranges a full obstetric ultrasound at a local X-ray clinic.

For abortion referral fees, please see How much does it cost?

STEP 4. The abortion assessment & procedure – This process varies depending on the service provider chosen

Once the referral is complete, AMAC can usually offer an appointment within 5 working days, sometimes less. Please be aware that AMAC has no control over the waiting times or the number of visits required by other abortion services.

The choice of service provider and abortion method is largely determined by:

 FEMALE DOCTORS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EVERY DAY AT AMAC- PLEASE INFORM US IF THIS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR YOUR TREATMENT

 

AMAC Abortion Procedures less than 9 weeks of pregnancy

Depending on past & present medical and obstetric history & the pregnancy being less than 9 weeks on the day of the abortion appointment, there are two possible abortion methods available at AMAC,

  • Early medical abortion procedure  (one visit option now available if less than 7 weeks pregnant on day of appointment or  two separate visits if 7-9 weeks)
  • Surgical abortion procedure or sometimes called early suction abortion (requires a  full one day visit)
  • For information on comparison of early abortion options click on 'Forms & Brochures' above

AMAC Abortion Procedures 9 weeks but less than13 weeks of pregnancy

One option available only - Surgical abortion or early suction abortion (requires a  full one day visit)

For abortion services fees, please see How much does it cost?

 

13 weeks pregnant or more

Abortions at this stage of pregnancy cannot be performed at our day clinic. Please call AMAC for information on NZ & overseas service options.