Planned Parenthood Clinic

When I went to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Oakland to have an abortion, the staff were friendly. I sat in the waiting room, my anxiety just kept growing and growing. I kept thinking, over and over: “I am going to have an abortion. I am going to have an abortion.”

I began to wonder how I got to this point in my life. In general, I am prochoice, just personally, I would never choose abortion.  Back when I was younger, I was so strong in my convictions. Now, here I was, in my junior year of college, sitting at a Planned Parenthood clinic, planning to have an abortion. The realization that my younger self would be so shocked and disappointed in me right now, made me cry. I had to leave.

As I was walking down the street, I saw a sign for Support Circle on the sidewalk outside a medical building. The sign said: “Pregnant? Unsure?” That was me.  I went upstairs to talk to the Support Circle people. The clinic waiting room was smaller than the Planned Parenthood clinic and wasn’t as packed. It felt serene and peaceful.

A nurse did an ultrasound to verify my pregnancy as I had not gotten that far at Planned Parenthood. I really was pregnant. She asked if I wanted to see the screen. I did. It was amazing to see this tiny little baby inside of me! At that moment, all the other stuff I was scared about in terms of my relationship with the father and school and money, it all just didn’t matter to me anymore. I knew I wanted my baby.

Before I left that day, I talked to the Patient Advocate. She was very kind and helpful. She listened. I never felt pressured or rushed. It felt like I was the only person that mattered to her for the time we met. She gave me information to help address some of my concerns. And then she told me I could come back and talk. I am so incredibly happy that I found Support Circle when I left the Planned Parenthood clinic. Deep down, I didn’t want to abort my baby. I just wanted someone to help me. I would recommend you call or visit Support Circle if you are pregnant and alone or unsure of what to do. I went to Support Circle and I’m glad I did.

Planned Parenthood Services

I had used Planned Parenthood services for many years. As a college student, I visited Planned Parenthood Mar Monte several times. I moved out of state for grad school. Recently, I returned to the Bay Area and suspected I was pregnant. I was surprised and disappointed to find that my favorite Planned Parenthood location had closed. It was during an online search that I found Support Circle.

Greg and I met in college. We weren’t sure if our relationship would survive long distance but we beat the odds. Greg proposed last summer and we moved in together to save money for the wedding. When I missed my period, I knew pregnancy tests and ultrasounds are common Planned Parenthood services. Instead of going to Planned Parenthood, I found myself at Support Circle. Support Circle’s location and availability worked better for my schedule.

I was pleasantly surprised at the warm welcome and inviting atmosphere at Support Circle. Their clinic is smaller than Planned Parenthood which made it more comfortable right away. The nurse was friendly and professional and calming. When my ultrasound showed the fetus was in one of my fallopian tubes, not in my uterus, she explained the dangers of an ectopic pregnancy without alarming me. I was able to go to a nearby emergency room right away. I’m so grateful they caught this in time.

It was great finding Support Circle when I was searching for clinics with services comparable to Planned Parenthood services. Support Circle’s staff were warm, inviting and knowledgeable. If you need Planned Parenthood services such as a pregnancy test or ultrasound or if you need someone to talk to about your pregnancy, check out Support Circle. You might be pleasantly surprised, like I was.

Planned Parenthood Hours

Planned Parenthood hours are 9 am to 7 pm, which are great, but I couldn’t get an appointment right away. I ended up finding a place call Support Circle that could get me in the same day.

Jay and I met our first month of college and have been together ever since. We plan to get married next year, after we both finish grad school. Last year, things were so crazy busy with finals and graduation and moving to the Bay Area for grad school. It wasn’t until it was time for a new NuvaRing that I realized that I had forgotten my ring that month. I was so panicked and was freaking out.

I decided to go to Planned Parenthood as they would know what to do.  The Planned Parenthood hours are great but I really wanted to get in immediately. The Support Circle Clinic had availability so I decided to start there.

The nurse at Support Circle was so kind and helpful. I had so many questions! Tasha took the time to answer all of my questions. I never felt rushed. The Patient Advocate was friendly and helped me to process the test results. Support Circle was what I needed right then.

In hindsight, I’m glad I found Support Circle when I was searching for Planned Parenthood hours. I got the help I needed from a very supportive team of professionals. If you think you are pregnant, I highly recommend the Support Circle Clinic. Call or text Support Circle today!

Planned Parenthood Abortion Cost

The Planned Parenthood abortion cost was at the front of my mind when I found out I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I want children someday, but not today. I am juggling two odd jobs and school. Conrad, my boyfriend, is having a really hard time finding a job in his field so he works at a restaurant right now. We live together to save costs.

When my period was late, I bought a home pregnancy test. I ended up taking all three tests in the box because I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been really anxious ever since. I keep trying to figure out how we could afford a baby. Babies are so expensive! I calculated and together, we would have $800 extra each month to take care of the baby. That’s if Conrad stays with me. Financially, I can’t do this alone. My relationship with Conrad has been really rough since he graduated and has school loans but no job in his field. He seems angrier each day. Sometimes he scares me. I don’t want to be a single mom. I want to be with Conrad. But if he can’t handle the stress of his job search, then he’s not ready to be a dad. I have so many concerns about having a baby with Conrad so I started looking for the Planned Parenthood abortion costs.

I am extremely thankful that I found Support Circle during my search. Claudia, my patient advocate at Support Circle was great!  She took the time to answer my questions and listened to me. It helps to have support to process my pregnancy. I even got to talk to a nurse too!  I know how much a Planned Parenthood abortion costs financially but I need to weigh the emotional costs as well. I feel relief knowing I can talk to Tasha again. I really appreciate Support Circle being here and recommend them to anyone, like me, who is considering an abortion.

 

Planned Parenthood Near Me

I was looking for a Planned Parenthood near me because I needed to confirm if I was pregnant and get an abortion if I was. My son and I had just moved to the Redwood City because I had to get us as far away from my ex-husband as possible.

When Michael and I met, I was young and had not dated many men. Thanks to my inexperience, I missed all of the warning signs. I misread his controlling ways for love and concern for my well-being. By the time Michael began hitting me, I had a toddler, I was no longer communicating with my friends and family and had I stopped working outside the home. Still, I literally didn’t see it coming. That was my wakeup call. I knew immediately that I had to leave him to protect my son. To make matters worse, I suspected I was pregnant again. I needed a fresh start, not another baby with him!

I scheduled an appointment at the Planned Parenthood near me for the following week. It was their first available appointment. The next day, I was going out of my mind. I had to know for sure if I was pregnant. I went in search of a free pregnancy test. That’s when I found Support Circle. I was able to make an appointment at their Redwood City clinic. I was a nervous wreck! The staff at Support Circle were so calm and friendly and welcoming that they started to put me at ease almost as soon as I walked in. Irene, my patient advocate, was easy to talk to. She let me tell my story and get everything off my chest. I felt safe for the first time in a long time.

The pregnancy test came back negative. Irene was said that if I don’t get my period in a week, I am welcome to come back and have another pregnancy test. The nurse shared some reasons why my period could be late. Really, it could be all the stress of the move and the last few weeks. If I go anywhere for a free pregnancy test, it will be Support Circle so I cancelled my appointment for the Planned Parenthood near me.  If you think you are pregnant, call Support Circle – they’re great!

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

I went to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to get birth control. I didn’t date in high school because my parents were very strict. My older sister had fallen into a group that did drugs. Instead of going to college, Laura went to rehab the summer before I started high school. I saw my sister go into a tailspin. I swore I wouldn’t get into drugs or party in any way. I tried to be perfect for my parents. I studied hard, got good grades and even founded an anti-drug group on my high school campus. I was torn between attending college close to home in Indiana or following my passion and attending college at my dream school in California. In the end, I decided to run far away.

Now that I am in my senior year, I finally felt like I could relax a bit and live a little. I met Jake at a coffee shop. We dated for a few months before things went farther than ever before. We talked about it after and decided that we would continue having an intimate relationship so I did the responsible thing and went to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to get on the pill. The nurse said it was standard procedure to do a pregnancy test first. I was floored when she returned and said that I was pregnant. I couldn’t believe it.

Shock, devastation, fear, anger, sadness, excitement, embarrassment. Those are just a few of the emotions I ran through over the next few hours. On my way home, Jake called to confirm we were meeting up for dinner. I panicked. What would he think? Would he think I planned this? Would he be angry? Would he leave me? I didn’t know what to expect. I told him I wasn’t feel well. When I got home, I told my roommate what was going on. She told me about Support Circle. I called and made an appointment for the next day.

At Support Circle, I was able to meet with a nurse who answered my medical questions. I always saw myself as prolife until I got pregnant. The timing was so bad that all I could think about was getting an abortion. Carla, the patient advocate really listened. She felt safe and comfortable. Like I could tell her anything and she would not judge me. I had tunnel vision, thinking my only option was abortion. Carla helped me to objectively look at all of my options. As much as I wanted to just have Carla tell me what I should do, she was firm that it was a decision only I could make but she would answer any questions I had and provide me with information and community resources.

I like the Support Circle motto: Time, Space and Support. I really felt like they lived up to it. I’m glad I didn’t go back to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. I recommend you go get help at Support Circle first. You won’t regret it.

 

Planned Parenthood Abortion

I was strongly contemplating getting a Planned Parenthood abortion when I found myself pregnant after grad school. I was just starting my career that I had studied, sacrificed and worked hard to achieve. It felt like my life was finally starting and then I was pregnant. Suddenly, my life felt like it was over. Or would be over if I didn’t have an abortion.

I had moved to the Bay Area to attend college. My mom had been in a sorority so I pledged. A lot of my sorority sisters had connections through their parents and were set after college. Not me. I had to study more than anyone else for four years so I could keep my scholarship. And I had to work as a caterer to make ends meet. I missed a lot of sorority events. But I could cook. They loved that about me so they kept me around. That’s also where, during grad school, I met Brad, the catering company’s newest manager. Somehow, I mysteriously missed the part about him being married until after I was pregnant.

Over the years, I had driven a few of my sorority sisters to get their Planned Parenthood abortions. I knew the drill. Only this time, they told me about the abortion pill that I could take at home. I was so surprised that I could take a pill at home and not be pregnant anymore. I wanted to look up what was involved with the abortion pill before I took it so I scheduled an appointment for the following week.

I went on to the Planned Parenthood site to learn more about the abortion pill. I got freaked out when I read that it’s normal to see large blood clots (up to the size of a lemon) or clumps of tissue when this is happening. Large blood clots the size of a lemon???!!! Seeing clumps of tissue??!! Absolutely not. That freaked me out so badly that I was more confused after reading the Planned Parenthood site than after reading the material they shared with me. I started crying.

I searched around some more online and found Support Circle. The Support Circle staff were really helpful, professional, full of knowledge and resources I didn’t even realize were out there. There’s a lot to think about but I feel better equipped, thanks to Support Circle. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found Support Circle. They helped put my mind at ease.  If, like me, you are contemplating a planned parenthood abortion, make an appointment to talk to Support Circle. They helped me and can help you, too.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood for an abortion was the only option I knew to look for. My family had lived in Oakland, CA for generations. We didn’t have a great, long legacy of wealth, we had a cycle of teen moms. By age 16, every woman in my family was pregnant or had given birth. I was determined to break that cycle. And I did. Until my first year of college when I found myself pregnant at age 18.

I was enjoying my freshman year at UC Berkeley. ‘Study hard, play hard,’ was my motto.  Each weekend, I would take one night off to completely relax and unwind and dance. On one of those nights, I met a D.J. and we started dating. A few months later, I realized that I had not had my period. That’s when the panic started in. What if I was pregnant? The baby would be born when I was 19 years old. Teen mom. That’s one title I had struggled not to claim as my own.

As soon as I realized I was late, I called Planned Parenthood to make an appointment. I went to my appointment and waited and waited. Finally, someone came to the waiting room to tell us that they would not be able to see anymore patients that day. I rescheduled for the next available appointment a week later. In the meantime, I called around to see if a different Planned Parenthood could get me in sooner. No such luck!

I found Support Circle while searching for Planned Parenthood. I could get in the same day at their Oakland Clinic so I went. I needed a pregnancy verification to take to Planned Parenthood before I could have an abortion. The Support Circle staff were great!  Professional, friendly, easy to talk to. I had a pregnancy test and then an ultrasound to confirm and date my pregnancy. The nurse said I was definitely pregnant but the fetus was growing in my right fallopian tube, not in my uterus where it is supposed to be. She explained that an ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening and helped me arrange to get to the hospital. Thank God Support Circle was able to see me right away!

I didn’t want to have a baby now, so I am relieved that, because of the ectopic pregnancy, I did not have to make an abortion decision. It was still a big ordeal for me emotionally and physically. My patient advocate at Support Circle has allowed me to talk through my emotions and thoughts surrounding my pregnancy and loss. I really don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t found Support Circle. If you are pregnant, or think you are pregnant, I strongly recommend getting your pregnancy verification at Support Circle before going to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Appointment

I made a Planned Parenthood appointment to have an abortion when the results of three home pregnancy tests were positive. Positive as in pregnant. Not positive as in good news. I was a junior in college and the only one in my family to go to college. Family members in Samoa had chipped in to help make up the difference in tuition that my scholarships did not cover. Everyone was depending on me to finish college. I come from a close-knit Samoan family. I didn’t want to let them down.

My parents work hard to support me and my younger siblings. I live at home so I can help around the house when needed. My older sister and brother both have children and live close to us. My sister and her husband have three children under the age of two. My brother’s wife is pregnant with their second child. If I have this baby, he or she would have cousins to grow up with and that would be really nice. But the timing is off. I’m not ready to be a mother. I see what my sister and sister-in-law do for their children and I am so not ready right now. And I’m broke! Living at home! In school!!! Why couldn’t this happen next year or the year after or not at all?!

Nico, my boyfriend feels terrible but he wants me to have the baby. Nico is an only child and it is just him and his mom living in America from Indonesia. His mom was an only child and sent money back home until her parents passed in a car accident last year. He thinks his mom would be supportive of a baby and it might help her fill the void left by her parents. Nico went with me to my Planned Parenthood appointment.  He is very supportive but he is in college as well and has big student loans.

I confided in my best friend, Jaleesa, that I am so confused and torn and don’t know what to do. The Planned Parenthood people were nice but they focused more on my options to have an abortion. My boyfriend is more adamant about keeping the baby after the Planned Parenthood appointment. I told Jaleesa that I need someone to listen to me that doesn’t have an emotional attachment or financial gain based on my decision.  She gave me the number of Support Circle and told me to talk to them. She said the nurses can help with the nausea (it’s all day long, not just in the mornings) and answer my questions about my abortion options. Jaleesa said when she went there, the staff were really great. She said they listen and don’t judge. They don’t charge anything for their services, which is so amazing!

Jaleesa was right. The staff at Support Circle were really nice and supportive. It was good to talk to someone outside of my family, someone that could be objective and knows of so many community resources to help me with whatever decision I make. I feel like a weight has been lifted. I’m still pregnant and I have to make a decision really soon. But now I feel like there is hope regardless of my decision. Whatever I decide, I feel like I can handle it and the Support Circle patient advocate will be there for me even after I make my decision. I would highly recommend Support Circle to any woman who is pregnant and torn about what she should do. I only wish I had known about Support Circle before I made my first Planned Parenthood appointment.