1428 N. Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
(800) 498-0424 | (414) 278-0424

Affiliated Medical Services ("AMS") provides high-quality abortion care with compassion and confidentiality.

Our clinic is certified by the National Abortion Federation. Our medical director is a physician who has performed abortions for over 30 years. Our staff has extensive experience with surgical and medical abortions, many types of contraception, and testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases.

Patient Comments

"I just wanted to let you know that the entire staff was so comforting during my procedure and that is just what I needed."

"I appreciated that, despite the unpleasant circumstances, I was treated with kindness and acceptance, from the volunteer escorts to the nurse who helped me out the door. Thanks to all of you for providing an essential service with gentleness and humanity."

"I would like to show my appreciation to your staff and clinic. It's great to know there is still some trust in this world."

"When I called, the lady on the phone was very helpful, making it easier for me. Upon arrival, I was greeted courteously, promptly, and with respect. I found your medical staff extremely caring, confident, and understanding."

"I came alone, frightened, and extremely nervous. However, each and every one of you, from the front desk to the recovery room, helped ease that anxiety. You all showed concern and friendliness, and were quite informative. Dr. Smith was professional yet pleasant, which meant so much to me. I was not alone after all. I had the support of all of you."

"You have given me the gift of choice. You have put me back in control of my own destiny. And because of your compassion, I will never allow anyone else to choose for me again."

"I was very pleased and impressed with your office. I was extremely apprehensive concerning my appointment, but was made to feel amazingly comfortable and relaxed because of everybody there. Your office is well-run and staffed with wonderful people."

"Your kindness and caring at a difficult time in my life is greatly appreciated."

"I knew the minute I walked in it would be very different from my experiences elsewhere. I was warmly greeted by every staff member I came in contact with. The nurse, the aides, and the counselor all made sure that I understood everything going on and that I was comfortable about the decision I had made. I chose to go through this on my own for many reasons. This makes everyone's help and understanding even more important. Please let your staff know how much I value the warm and friendly treatment I received at a time when I most needed it."

"Thank you for helping me get my life back on track."

"I am writing to thank all of you for your support and kindness. You helped me deal with this day without shame. You did not judge me. You held my hand and even wiped tears from my face. You treated me like a woman. You treated me with respect. All the tenderness helped me cope with my pain and sorrow. I hope you have some sense of how grateful are the women you have helped."

"I would like to thank everyone who helped make my experience as comfortable as possible. I had a minor complication at the end of the procedure, and the staff handled the situation calmly and efficiently. I was relieved to see how easily the problem was corrected, and after careful monitoring, I was able to go home. The entire staff was courteous and sensitive to my situation, and the compassion I felt was greatly appreciated. If a friend is ever in need of your services, I would be comfortable recommending you to her."

"I am sorry I don't remember everyone's names, but I do remember everyone's faces very clearly. Everyone seemed to go out of their way to be extra nice to me. You made my very hard situation seem important to all of you. You have made such a positive impact on me. There are still special people out there who really care."

"I would like to thank you for making me feel comfortable at such a difficult time."

"This was the hardest decision of my life. Though I was confident in my decision, it was still very frightening facing the unknown. All of you were so supportive of myself and my boyfriend. We are truly grateful for your kindness."

"You made my visit seem less stressful. You made sure I was comfortable. I appreciate the fact that you made sure all was well before I left. I didn't feel like I was put through a factory lineup. Thanks you to Dr. Smith and your awesome staff."

"Thanks for your gentle words, smiles, and understanding. Your dedication to a woman's right to choose is greatly appreciated."

Surgical Abortion

Surgical Abortions are performed through 22 weeks, counting from the first day of the last menstrual period. Surgical abortions are done by vacuum aspiration (suction) and instruments if needed. For surgical abortion procedures 12 weeks or less, the cervix is opened with dilators. The doctor inserts a small hollow tube that is connected to a suction device and removes the contents of the uterus, the pregnancy, the afterbirth, and the uterine lining. Most women feel some cramping, similar to strong menstrual cramps.

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For surgical abortion procedures at 13-14 weeks, the cervix needs some softening prior to the procedure. To help the cervix soften, the patient swallows 2 tablets of Misoprostol a few hours before the procedure.

For surgical abortion procedures at 15 weeks and above, the cervix must be softened and opened with Laminaria (dilating sticks) prior to the abortion. The Laminaria are left in the cervix several hours. At 17 weeks and above, Laminaria may be left in place overnight. Most women feel some cramping while Laminaria are in the cervix.

If you have a problem or an emergency during or after your surgical abortion, you can speak with our on-call medical staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click HERE for a Comparison of Medical Abortion (Abortion Pill) vs. Surgical Abortions.

Anesthesia Options
This information will help you make your decision on what type of anesthesia you want for your surgical abortion.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is a medicine used to "freeze" or "numb" an area, similar to what the dentist may use.

For an abortion, the local anesthesia will be given in the cervix. You may feel a pinch or pressure while this is given.

During your abortion you can expect to feel cramping. Some women experience cramps that are stronger than normal menstrual cramping.

You will be alert and awake.

You are allowed to have one adult support person in the room with you during your abortion.

You may drive yourself home.

After the procedure, you will be monitored in our recovery room for at least 30 minutes and then be discharged home.

Twilight Conscious Sedation Anesthesia

Moderate or conscious sedation anesthesia is a combination of medicines given in a vein in your arm.

It will start to work in 15-30 seconds.

You can expect to feel light headed, dizzy, and relaxed.

You will be able to talk to us and breathe on your own.

You will feel pressure and maybe some cramping during your abortion. You may or may not be able to remember this.

This medicine is not like a general anesthesia and will NOT put you to sleep.

You will also receive a local anesthetic in your cervix.

An abortion procedure with conscious sedation costs more than an abortion with just local anesthesia.

You are allowed to have one adult support person in the room with you during your abortion.

You must have someone with you to drive you home. You may NOT drive, walk or take a bus home.

After the procedure, you will be monitored in our recovery room for at least 60 minutes and then be discharged home.

 

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