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Before going to Planned Parenthood, I went to Support Circle

I have gone to Planned Parenthood since I was 17 years old and planned to go there for an abortion. But my college roommate suggested I go to Support Circle Clinics for a free pregnancy verification.

My boyfriend and I had met at a frat party in freshman year. We took our time getting to know each other and by our junior year, we were in a committed relationship. Early into our senior year, Matt broke up with me. I was devastated and lost. I started partying more to get through the stress of senior year and our breakup. I had rebound sex with guys I didn’t even know. It seemed manageable until my period didn’t show up.

Cassie, my roommate, bought me a home pregnancy test. Just as we feared, it was positive. I was devastated. It felt like I had made a bad situation worse.  I was pregnant and didn’t know who the father was! I had to have an abortion. Cassie told me she had an abortion in high school.  She said I would need a pregnancy verification before getting an abortion at Planned Parenthood. I scheduled the appointment but it would be two weeks before I could get in. Cassie said I should go to Support Circle first for the pregnancy verification because they do them for free and take walk-ins.

When the Support Circle nurse did the ultrasound, she dated my pregnancy further along than I had thought I was. Based on the pregnancy dating, it was my ex-boyfriend’s baby. I was more confused and unsure than ever. It felt like a no brainer to have an abortion when I didn’t know who the father was. But to not have Matt’s baby, even though we had broken up, just didn’t sit right with me. I am glad the patient advocate was there to talk to. She listened and helped me to process my thoughts and emotions. She was supportive as I came up with a new game plan and even gave me suggestions on how to facilitate the conversation with Matt.

Matt and I had a long conversation and we are taking a little time to decide what to do next. I’m glad I went to Support Circle Clinics first, before going to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. I really felt heard and supported at Support Circle.

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On my way to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte I found Support Circle

On my way to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, I found Support Circle. My period was late so I suspected that I might be pregnant. I wanted to find out for sure. I knew I could do a home pregnancy test but I just felt like I would prefer to get an official pregnancy verification done.

At 23, I was back living at home with my parents. I had a college degree and crushing college loan debt that was barely being chipped away because I was working as a restaurant hostess. My father was on my case about what a waste my life was and my mom was always trying to control my every move. I went to bars after work to dance and drink my parent’s disapproval away. The thought of having to tell my parents I was pregnant was beyond unbearable. So, I avoided facing the truth by running errands instead of driving straight over to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

I noticed on a flyer that Support Circle offered free pregnancy tests and pregnancy verifications. When I drove past it, I thought, “Heck, why not?!” I am so glad I went in. Jackie was calm and reassuring. She listened as I told her how completely unsure how I should move forward. I wasn’t sure how I felt about becoming a parent or having an abortion. Maybe once I knew for sure if I was pregnant, I would be able to make a decision either way.

When my pregnancy test came back negative, I was ecstatic! I wouldn’t have to tell my parents I was pregnant and deal with all that would have entailed. It felt like I had a new chance to make my life right. After mailing graduate school applications, I went to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for the birth control pill. Being in that terrifying position once was enough. I am so thankful to Support Circle giving me a free pregnancy test and for not being judgmental of me.



After my Planned Parenthood appointment, I was so upset and confused

After my Planned Parenthood appointment, I was so upset and confused. It wasn’t anything they said. I had felt so alone ever since I found out I was pregnant. I saw a sign that said: “NOT okay to be pregnant?” Nope, it was not okay for me to be pregnant. I called the number for Support Circle.

My husband and I had known each other since middle school. We were high school sweethearts and married after our freshman year in college when I became pregnant with our first child. The fairytale ended pretty abruptly when I had to drop out of UC Berkeley to work, care for an infant and put my husband through college. We had three more children since and I became a stay-at-home mom. I just started working again a few months ago. I had to start at the bottom again. Now separated, things were not looking good for reconciliation.

When I missed my period, I thought it was stress from the separation. But when I got sick walking through our apartment hallway, smelling the different aromas of our neighbor’s cooking, I knew I was pregnant. I’m barely making it with four children on my own. I just couldn’t imagine having five children with cost of living so expensive in the Bay Area. I made that Planned Parenthood appointment to have an abortion, in part, so I won’t have to listen to my mother if she found out I was pregnant again.

When I went in to Support Circle, the staff were so kind and friendly, I was able to relax. I unloaded everything I was dealing with on Jackie, my patient advocate. It felt so good to be able to talk and get it all out. She listened. More than that, it did not feel like I was being judged at all. Jackie even gave me a number of resources that could help me if I decide to carry this baby to term or if I decide to place it for adoption.

I don’t know yet, if I will schedule another Planned Parenthood appointment to have an abortion. I do know how thankful I am for Support Circle and their great team. I don’t feel as alone as I did before.

I almost always go to Planned Parenthood

Ever since I was 16 and first got on the pill, I almost always go to Planned Parenthood. This time, I decided to go to Support Circle because I saw a flier for them and their services are all free.

It was easy to schedule an appointment with Support Circle via text. When I arrived, the medical office was comfortable and the staff were friendly with me. I met with the nurse first. The nurse took a medical history and I shared about my previous pregnancies.

I felt mixed emotions about this pregnancy. I wanted to be happy and excited but I felt so much anxiety. My first pregnancy ended in a ruptured ectopic pregnancy (when the fetus does not implant in the uterus). My second pregnancy ended recently in miscarriage. I was so terrified of having another ectopic pregnancy. I could have died the first time if I had not gone to Planned Parenthood that day for an ultrasound.

The nurse was very understanding of my medical history. Since I did not have an official pregnancy verification yet, she had me do a pregnancy test to confirm I was pregnant. Then she asked if I would like to do an ultrasound to determine how far along I was and to see if the fetus was where it should be, in my uterus, not in my fallopian tubes.  I was so excited to see my baby had made it to my uterus and there was a strong heartbeat this time. All of a sudden, it all became real to me.

I had not allowed myself to think about next steps if the baby was viable. The Support Circle Patient Advocate met with me next. She was able to help me process these new thoughts and emotions. She also gave me some great resources to look over if I decide to parent this baby. I’m so glad I went to Support Circle instead of Planned Parenthood.


I couldn’t wait for my Planned Parenthood appointment

As soon as I suspected I was pregnant, I made a Planned Parenthood appointment. I knew I would need to have a pregnancy verification to be able to get services through Medi-Cal, the state medical program. But there was so much going on in my life that I really just needed to know right away.  I made a few calls and Support Circle was able to see me the same day!

The Support Circle offices were easy to find in a medical office building. I wasn’t really expecting the warm, comfy atmosphere. The staff were friendly too. When I cancelled my Planned Parenthood appointment, I wasn’t expecting to find such a great location for women.

If you are like me and need a pregnancy verification, to get Medi-Cal health benefit services, before you can get into a Planned Parenthood appointment, call or text Support Circle. Their team really cares.

Would Planned Parenthood have told me that?

After I left Support Circle, I wondered if Planned Parenthood would have provided all of the information I had just received?  A few years ago, when I was just entering college, I found myself pregnant. So, I did what many young women on the brink of starting their lives do, I had an abortion. Now, a few years later, I was unsure if I was pregnant.

Things are different now. I have been in a committed relationship with my boyfriend of three years. We are planning to get married later this year. Payne has already graduated and started working at a large financial firm downtown. It’s a lot of long hours and sometimes he works weekends, but I have one more year to go and it’s nice to be able to study without feeling like I should be spending time with Payne. When I realized I might be pregnant, I was going to go to Planned Parenthood again, but Payne’s sister recommended I try Support Circle. She went to Support Circle for a pregnancy verification last year.

It was easy to get an appointment that fit my schedule at Support Circle. The nurse that did the ultrasound was so kind and friendly. She made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I started asking her lots of questions about my pregnancy and about the differences between the morning after pill and the abortion pill. When I started talking to the patient advocate about my thoughts and feelings about this pregnancy, I started crying about the abortion I had years ago. The flood of emotions about that first pregnancy took me by surprise. She let me talk and I could tell she was really listening. I needed that.

By the time I left Support Circle, I was feeling better and felt so much more knowledgeable and better able to make an informed decision about my pregnancy. I don’t think Planned Parenthood would have been able to give me all of the information and emotional support I received. I’m glad my boyfriend’s sister told me about Support Circle. From now on, I ‘m telling everyone to go to Support Circle if they think they are pregnant.

I missed my Planned Parenthood Appointment

After I missed my Planned Parenthood appointment, I started looking for somewhere else to get the abortion pill. The last time I got the abortion pill, they said they had to do a pregnancy verification first. Support Circle does free pregnancy verifications so I was glad I could at least get that part of the process taken care of.

The Support Circle clinic is in a medical office building close to where I work so I made an appointment to go in on my lunch hour. Once I arrived, I explained that I had missed my Planned Parenthood appointment and needed a pregnancy verification. The staff was friendly and professional and made me feel welcomed. It is a smaller clinic than where I had my last Planned Parenthood appointment and that made it feel more relaxing and comfortable.

The nurse knew I wanted an abortion so when she did the ultrasound, she was considerate and asked whether I wanted to see the screen or not. At first, I didn’t want to but then I was curious, so I asked her to please show me.

I was so thankful to be offered a free ultrasound at Support Circle. I don’t know if I will still go through with having an abortion. I have been talking to the patient advocate at Support Circle about my conflicting emotions. She really listens to me and that helps. I made a new Planned Parenthood appointment for an abortion but I’m not sure what I will do. Either way, I’m glad I will have my Support Circle patient advocate to talk to. If you are pregnant and need a free pregnancy verification or someone to talk to, like I did, I would recommend Support Circle as the place to go first.

I went to Planned Parenthood by mistake

I was late to my Support Circle appointment because we went to Planned Parenthood by mistake. Fortunately, a lady at Planned Parenthood realized we were looking for Support Circle because Support Circle has free ultrasounds.

When my boyfriend, Mateo, and I finally got to Support Circle, I felt a bit flustered and out of sorts. The staff was so friendly and non-judgmental that they made me feel at ease right away. I don’t like to be late. I was extra emotional by the time I got there because Mateo got so angry when we went to Planned Parenthood instead of Support Circle

Mateo is really happy and wants me to keep the baby. I don’t know. I’m undecided. Right now, things are good with Mateo but sometimes he can be controlling and when he gets angry, it scares me. I don’t think I want that around our baby. But sometimes he can be so loving, like when we saw our baby on the ultrasound. Mateo was so excited when he saw the baby move on the monitor. It made me think that maybe I should have this baby.

I don’t know what I want to do with this pregnancy. I still have some time to get an abortion – not much time, but I have a couple of days to finally decide. I am thankful to Support Circle for the free ultrasound to see our baby’s development because we couldn’t afford to pay for one at Planned Parenthood.

I had pregnancies terminated at Planned Parenthood

I had previous pregnancies terminated at Planned Parenthood. I really wanted to keep those babies but I was only 16 and 17 years old. I had no support from my family. It was an abusive home and I didn’t want to bring a child home into that situation. I figured it would be better to have an abortion.

This time, I had been in a relationship for several years. When we met, I didn’t know he was married. By the time I found out, I was in love and pregnant. He told me he was in the process of getting a divorce and a baby would mess with his alimony payments. He asked me to have an abortion and offered to go to Planned Parenthood with me. I found out he had been trying to work things out with his wife the whole time. I finally saw him for who he really was and ended the relationship.

I came to Support Circle to get a free ultrasound to date my pregnancy. The Planned Parenthood people were nice, but their services cost money. Things are different this time. I’m 37 years old, I am employed and have a supportive system around me. And I have Support Circle. My Patient Advocate, Claudia, was very helpful. She asked about me and what do I want? After talking to Claudia, I feel stronger and I am determined to make my own decision about what I want to do with this baby.

If, like me, you find yourself pregnant and are considering getting an abortion at Planned Parenthood, give Support Circle a try first. The Support Circle team is friendly and they don’t judge. And, all of Support Circle’s services are free! Call or text today.

Planned Parenthood Pregnancy Verification

At Planned Parenthood, a pregnancy verification is needed to obtain an abortion. My boyfriend and I are students, struggling to make ends meet. It’s hard enough scraping together the money for the abortion. To have to come up with more money for the pregnancy verification was too much for us. I found Support Circle in Redwood City when I did a Google search for free pregnancy verifications.

It was easy to get to the Redwood City Support Circle and they have free parking.  Everyone at Support Circle was friendly. I felt at ease immediately. The nurse did an ultrasound and asked if I wanted to see the baby. I did not want to see the ultrasound but I am glad she asked so that I could choose.

I really just need a Planned Parenthood pregnancy verification so I can go get an abortion. My boyfriend and I are in agreement that we cannot have a baby right now. Both of us are in college. We don’t have a lot of money right now. Both my boyfriend and I are working low paying jobs and going to school. Maybe if this were a few years from now we would feel different.

I am thankful to Support Circle for their professionalism. I strongly recommend going to Support Circle to get a Planned Parenthood pregnancy verification. Make an appointment for the Redwood City clinic today.