Abortion procedures done at the Hope Clinic after 16 weeks are typically done over 2-3 consecutive clinic visits. The procedure consists of dilation of the cervix followed by removal of the pregnancy with suction in combination with the use of other special instruments (dilation and evacuation – D&E). It is successful 99% of the time and is extremely safe, with a low complication rate.
Pain medicine in the form of pills, injections of numbing medication in the cervix, and intravenous (IV) sedation (moderate or “twilight” sedation) are included in your fee. Over 14 weeks of pregnancy, it is required that you have someone who can drive to accompany you to the clinic. If you have questions about our driver policy, please contact the clinic at 618-451-5722.
You MUST stay within 30 minutes of the clinic overnight each night you are under our care. If you live farther than 30 minutes away, please arrange to get a hotel or stay with a friend/family member who lives within 30 minutes of the clinic. If you need assistance in finding a hotel, please call us.
Note: Some patients between 16 weeks and 17 weeks and 6 days may be able to have their procedure completed safely in one day. If you measure 16 weeks or above, please be prepared that your procedure will likely take 2-3 days. The majority of our patients over 16 weeks are seen over the course of 2-3 visits.