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.

The required tests for procedures at AMAC are below. This referral process takes approx. 30 mins at AMAC. You can also choose to acess referral services through family planning or a GP.

MIMIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ABORTION PROCEDURES AT AMAC - Updated April 2019

  • Doctors letter of referral

  • Blood group, Rh status  and haemoglobin as  minimum, (1st Antenal blood screen if finances allow &/or medical indications are appropriate)

  • High vaginal swab (requesting bacterial vaginosis testing)

  • Chlamydia swab    

Plus an ultrasound scan confirming gestations on the day of the abortion procedure method as follows:

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

  • <7 weeks LMP (48 days) pregnant

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

  • FROM 7 - 9 weeks LMP (49-64 days)

3. SURGICAL ABORTION (1 visit)

  • <13 weeks (12 weeks 6 days)

Where there is a medical indication or it is a requirement of another abortion service provider, AMAC arranges a full obstetric ultrasound at a local X-ray clinic. Further charges by that provider will be incurred.

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 for the abortion 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 up to 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

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.