When a woman believes she is pregnant, it’s important for her to know for sure. Even after taking an at-home pregnancy test, she might want a second opinion or another test just to be certain.
More than that, our nurses, patient care specialists, and staff are trained to support and guide women as they are making decisions about their future. We give you the chance to talk to a nurse about any pregnancy questions or concerns you may have. When you visit CAPS, you can expect a kind, caring, welcoming atmosphere. Each woman or situation is unique, but you can always expect the same compassionate care when you visit for a pregnancy test.
When You First Come In
On your first visit, we’ll ask you to fill out a few forms before you meet with a nurse. These forms include medical questions that help us learn more about your situation and medical history. This allows us to be able to better know your needs and how we might best help you at your visit to CAPS.
Meeting With Your PCS
Once your paperwork is complete, you’ll speak with a Patient Care Specialist (PCS). This person will find out more about your circumstances, support system, and the things that are going on in your life. They will listen to your thoughts and concerns and can provide you with support and resources when needed.
Taking the Test
Our nurse will greet you and explain the simple instructions for the urine pregnancy test. The nurse will dip the testing strip into the sample to perform the test. It just takes a couple of minutes before the lines appear and the nurse is able to read the results.
If the Test is Positive
If the pregnancy test comes back as positive, the nurse will fill out and sign an official pregnancy verification form, which gives you “proof” of pregnancy for your insurance company, if needed. Depending on your insurance or medical provider, this verification is necessary to begin prenatal care. The nurse will also take the time to educate you and answer any questions you have. Whether you’re considering parenting, adoption, or abortion, we want you to feel well informed and educated.
If you’re considering abortion, the nurse will go over the different types of procedures and help you to talk through them. If you have questions about prenatal care, we have information on first-trimester pregnancy, nutrition, nausea relief, OB/Gyn doctors and other resources. We also have referrals and information about adoption, if that’s what you are considering.
The nurse will take your blood pressure and pulse. Most patients are eligible for an ultrasound on their first visit. The ultrasound is a diagnostic tool and enables us to rule out miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy as well as finding out how far along you are. We perform ultrasounds at six weeks pregnant or later. If you are not at that stage yet, we may make another appointment for you to return in a week or so.
If the Test is Negative
If the pregnancy test is negative, our nurse will go over possible reasons why you missed your period and the potential risk of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) or Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). She will provide helpful resources on decreasing risks to help you maintain good health.
CAPS is a helpful bridge between verifying your pregnancy and taking the next steps in your healthcare. Our goals are to help you walk through what can be a very stressful time, and to discuss any pressures or concerns you may be facing. We want to give you the education and resources to help you feel confident about your future.
Call us at 619-337-8080 or schedule an appointment online at one of our three locations.