Updated June 2020, by Caitlin Weber MD, MS
Welcome to your early pregnancy options and abortion training. We are excited to help assist all providers to deliver comprehensive health care to patients.
Whether or not you choose to participate in all aspects of care, this curriculum can help you be a better primary care provider for patients of reproductive age. There are many skills to gain in pregnancy dating, options counseling, timely referrals, miscarriage management, and family planning.
Primary care providers globally serve an important role in the provision of reproductive health services as they practice in diverse, rural, and underserved areas (Graham 2005), receive procedural training, and care for patients throughout their reproductive years. This text is primarily U.S.- focused, with expanded global reporting for a growing global audience.
It is beneficial to read Chapters 1 and 2 before beginning your training to help explore your personal values about pregnancy options, how they may differ from your patients’ values, and think about professional judgments you may be called upon to make.
CHAPTER LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Following completion of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Explore your personal values and feelings about pregnancy options
- Clarify your individual training goals and strategies to achieve these with faculty
- Describe constraints on reproductive care and access globally
- Be familiar with data on abortion safety and factors that promote/limit safety
- Understand the influence of abortion-related stigma on patients and providers
- Understand professional ethics within a justice-based and public health framework.
- State and Global Policy Updates (Guttmacher Institute):
- Sistersong Reproductive Justice Resources:
- Global Perspectives: video interviews with U.S. and international experts