To the Staff at Whole Woman’s Health

The following is from a letter sent to us from one of our amazing patients:

I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. This has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve made. As a mother of three, who manage to keep me very busy, I’ve known for some time my family is complete. That said, I never imagined I’d be faced with this situation. We had some issues over the last week and although they were frustrating you all made me feel comfortable beginning to end.

This can’t be an easy job some days. Compassion isn’t something you can fake and the genuine care and compassion you all show is amazing. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel walking out of here today but for the most part what I’m feeling is peace and calm. I’ve missed that feeling the last few weeks.

Thank you for restoring some of the shine I was missing.

Amy Hagstrom Miller Speaks Out About Stigma

These last few days Whole Woman’s Health has been at the Abortion Care Network’s Annual Meeting – an inspiring conference of the nation’s independent providers and our allies within the activist, art, legislative, faith, and journalist communities.

Yesterday our Founder Amy Hagstrom Miller spoke to attendees about how her drive to rid the world of abortion stigma manifests in what we do at Whole Woman’s Health. Below is a final excerpt from her speech:

“Speak up and out, do not let anti-abortion rhetoric go unchallenged. Do not allow our opposition to hijack the moral high ground. I’d like a world where no person comes into my clinics thinking they are the only person they know who has had an abortion. Thinking they are the only Christian that has had an abortion. Thinking they are the only good parent who has had an abortion.

Whole Woman’s Health clinics offer an oasis from the stigma and shame surrounding abortion in our culture, from the voices and judgments of others that often make it difficult to sit quietly and contemplate a big decision. In our clinics we have a moment to affirm that people are good, to affirm that people are moral and kind, and to affirm that they are not selfish. We can witness their dreams and their aspirations and affirm that they are put on this Earth to see them out and to act on their own gifts. Let’s make sure all people hear these messages both inside and outside our clinic doors.

Thank you again, so very much.”

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In Honor of Dr. Mildred Hanson

Dr. Mildred ‘Millie’ Hanson was the first MD I ever worked with – my first job in the field in 1989 was as a staffer at Planned Parenthood on Ford Parkways in St. Paul, where she was the medical director. A feisty Norwegian and a fierce advocate. She did the first abortion I ever saw and I gently excused myself from the room mid-procedure and fainted in the hallway. 

She was forward thinking, one of the first women doing work in abortion care in the country. She is the one who discovered laminaria when she was visiting Japan and she brought back a suitcase of it the USA to introduce to the NAF community here for cervical prep. 

She was an expert technician in abortion care, especially 2nd trimester abortion. Everyone still to this day learns the “Hanson” technique when they are training. She was outspoken, super smart, a leader, a spitfire and a great example to many of us. We give thanks for her example, for her making trails for many of us to follow in and for her work with thousands of women over her many years in the field. 

Amy Hagstrom Miller

President & CEO of Whole Woman’s Health

Trust. Respect. Access.

Today we, along with our coalition partners NARAL Pro-Choice TexasACLU of Texas, the Texas Research Institute, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Progress Texas, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Texas Freedom Network, are at the Texas State Capital for Advocacy Day: Trust. Respect. Access.

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We’re working with Texans from across the state to ask their legislators to support policies that restore trust in Texans to make their own reproductive health care decisions, to restore respect for health care professionals, and to restore access to safe, timely abortion care.

In addition to our advocacy day, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Trust. Respect. Access. website: trustrespectaccess.org. Here you’ll find more detailed information about our campaign, how legislative ignorance impacts Texans’ ability to provide and access necessary healthcare, and ways we can come together and move toward a better Texas!

Whole Woman’s Health is committed to changing the conversation around abortion, building a movement for reproductive freedom and pushing for more proactive rights. Texans have endured tremendous political interference and it’s eroded access to quality healthcare across the state.

In 2013 and for nearly a decade before, extremist Texas politicians lied. Today we unveil the beginning of our proactive policy work and begin a strategic roll back of some of the most restrictive policies on reproductive healthcare affecting thousands of Texas families.

– Amy Hagstom Miller, Founder & CEO of Whole Woman’s Health

So, what exactly does Trust. Respect. Access. mean?

1. We Trust Texans to make their own reproductive health care decisions, including the timing and spacing of their children. 

2. We Respect healthcare professionals’ medical and ethical judgment about the care each patient needs. 

3. We work to guarantee Access to safe, timely abortion care for all Texans. 

About time!

Extremist politicians have gone too far in restricting access to reproductive health care in our state. Texas can do better. And we can start today.

Whole Woman’s Health Serving the Twin Cities for Three Years!

Tomorrow we will not only be celebrating Valentine’s Day, but also the Third Anniversary of Whole Woman’s Health of the Twin Cities! We are still just as honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this community as we were when we opened our doors three years ago. Whole Woman’s Health of the Twin Cities offers a level of service that is reflective of the caring, supportive nature that you find in this Nordic, “we all do better when we all do better” community. Among some of the services we offer:

  • Full spectrum gynecological care including contraception, conception planning, well woman visits, preventative care counseling, STI exposure, and more
  • Walk-in Emergency Contraception for only $20
  • First trimester surgical abortion from 4 to 14 weeks
  • Medication abortion from positive pregnancy test to 10 weeks
  • Second trimester abortion in one or two-day procedures up to 24 weeks

And because we’re Whole Woman’s Health… it’s not just what we do, but how we do it. That’s why we also provide holistic care services like the following:

  • Financial aid options for women in need, especially those travelling from out of state
  • Acceptance of private insurance, including new insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act
  • Private care for women and families facing fetal anomaly or fetal demise of a wanted pregnancy, including private rooms and modified counseling
  • Multiple sedation options for improved relaxation
  • A soothing environment that supports emotional as well as physical well-being

Bonus! Our Doctors and staff are the best (and we’re not just saying that). Here is our Medical Director, Dr. Carrie Terrell:

As for our other physicians:

  • All are credentialed at major hospitals in the area including the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Regions, United Hospital, and St. John’s and St. Joseph’s Hospitals.
  • Several of our doctors are on faculty at the University of Minnesota and play an active role in training medical students and residents.
  • Our primary gynecological provider is a nurse practitioner on faculty with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

We’ve also been very fortunate to build relationships with the organizations who truly make Minnesota a better place for women. Just last month we he held a SOLD OUT joint  screening of the film Vessel along with Pro-Choice Resources, one of the oldest abortion funds in the country! And every year our team looks forward to rockin’ it in the Bowl-a-Thon (this year’s team name: The Wandering Mirenas!). We also have team members serving on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and our clinic participates in the NARAL escort program (also if you haven’t – thank a clinic escort. They show up at 7am when it’s below zero and block our patients from the demeaning harassment of the anti-abortion protesters). Honestly though, at the end of the day it’s always about our patients. And while everything we’ve written is true, sometimes our patients just say it best. So we’re going to say cheers to three great years and leave you with this letter we received several months back from a woman we cared for.

To the staff of Whole Woman’s Health – 

My husband and I terminated a carefully planned and much wanted pregnancy for medical reasons. We definitely did not come to this decision lightly but we did come to it out of love. And even though the decision was made out of love, that was by far the hardest day I have ever had to face. I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Your staff treated us so gently and I can’t thank you enough for the level of dignity and respect we were shown. I appreciate all of the accommodations you were able to make for us – the private room, allowing my husband to sit beside me and hold my hand during the procedure, making arrangements with the funeral home for cremation – all accommodations that no other clinic was willing or able to make. I feel so fortunate that your staff was there for us during this time and I am so grateful to Whole Woman’s Health for the incredible consideration we were given on such an emotionally trying day. Thank you for all that you do.

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WWH of Fort Worth is OPEN!

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We understand that in northern Texas it can sometimes be confusing as to what resources are available when it comes to reproductive health or when you are considering terminating a pregnancy. That’s why we would like to take a moment to highlight our Whole Woman’s Health of Fort Worth clinic. Whole Woman’s Health of Fort Worth has been in this community for over five years and we are thankful each and every day for the ability to serve the residents of the DFW area and the women who travel long distances from places like Wichita Falls and Abilene to see us.

Our team considers this work that we do a calling. At Whole Woman’s Health clinics, we provide holistic care — meaning we acknowledge factors impacting our head and heart, in addition to our physical body. These factors may include our relationships with our families and significant others, employment concerns, health barriers, or religious and moral feelings. All of our staff – from your first phone call or the Patient Advocate who guides you through your appointment with us, will take the time to explore any questions or concerns you might have. This level of care is provided only at Whole Woman’s Health, and it is the level of care you deserve. 

We are proud to offer compassionate, patient-centered care. That means you are at the forefront of your medical decisions. If you need to schedule an appointment, know someone who might, or simply have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us! Our EmpowerLine takes the time to answer the questions that matter most to you, whether they be about scheduling, pricing, or the procedure. We also screen every caller for financial assistance, as we understand money is often the largest barrier to prevent someone from accessing needed abortion services.

At Whole Woman’s Health of Fort Worth, we are able to see patients for a range of services surrounding reproductive needs, pregnancy termination, and emotional well-being, including:

  • Free, Walk-In Pregnancy Testing
  • Ultrasounds
  • Pregnancy or Abortion Options Counseling
  • Birth Control Prescriptions
  • Surgical Abortions and the Pill Abortion
  • Sedation Options for Comfort
  • Options for Shorter Appointments or Private Rooms

If you have questions about any of the above. Or would like to schedule a time to visit with us in our clinic, please don’t hesitate to give us or visit our website. We are here for the women of Fort Worth and northern Texas!

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Whole Woman’s Health Turns 12!

Today marks twelve years since we first opened our arms to the women of central Texas, and expanded in our other communities across Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, and most recently New Mexico. Since that first January in 2003, our patients have continued to be the focal point of all that we do and will continue to be our most important priority in the coming years.

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Our Whole Woman’s Health counseling area in 2003. We’ve come a long way y’all. No filter!

We also want to extend our gratitude to our physicians, staff, management, colleagues, partners, allies, family and friends. They have been with us through the big wins and the hard losses, and have supported us in preserving reproductive health to keep abortion safe and accessible. Without them, we would not have come as far as we have.

So raise a toast with us to honor our supporters, and join us in our journey to serve our communities in 2015 and beyond!

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