Updated June 2016 by Danit Brahver MD & Lisa Maldonado MA MPH

This chapter is designed to aid primary care clinicians interested in integrating early pregnancy loss (EPL) and abortion care into their own practice. In recognizing the range of our audience – different states, training backgrounds, and political environments – we have aimed to provide a breadth of tools that may be useful to you as you proceed. Additional tools and/or handouts are downloadable (with links in blue) throughout this chapter and also available at TEACH Office Practice Tools.


Following completion of this chapter, you should be better able to:

  • Discuss important initial steps for introducing services into a practice
  • Find allies and build buy-in among staff and key-stakeholders
  • Learn pertinent aspects of medical documentation and quality assurance
  • Know how to find current legal and reporting restrictions for your state
  • Know malpractice and financial opportunities and restrictions for your setting
  • Understand security precautions important for abortion provision
  • Understand where you can find ongoing support locally, regionally, and nationally


  • Paul et al (eds). Management of Unintended and Abnormal Pregnancy: Comprehensive Abortion Care (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
    • Chapter 23: Ensuring quality care in abortion services
    • Appendix: Resources for Abortion Providers





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