Elective Rotation: Hope Clinic for Women
Location: Granite City, Illinois
I spent a week working at Hope Clinic for Women, which is a stand-alone abortion clinic just east of East St. Louis. I had exposure to first and second trimester abortions, up to 23 weeks. I also had the opportunity to perform dozens of dating ultrasounds for mainly first trimester, and some second trimester, pregnancies. Additionally, I was able to follow some particular patients undergoing second trimester procedures through their intake, counseling, ultrasound, and lab stations, as well as during their procedure and recovery room stay in order to witness the experience of their care from start to finish.