Step 1: Medical Assessment & Nurse Consultation
Our Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners are here to walk you through the medical process at CORE Healthcare for Women of Central Georgia. They answer your questions, offer administration of your pregnancy testing, and walk you through your options. The nurse will provide sexual health education and consult with you about your next steps. She will also provide community resources and referrals.
Our nurses will perform a medical assessment during each appointment to evaluate your health care needs and assist in determining how to best meet those needs. We take a holistic approach with each appointment, because pregnancy affects every area of life. We care deeply about your well-being.
Step 2: Pregnancy Testing
Even if you have taken a home pregnancy test, it’s important to have a diagnosis from a medical professional. A lab-quality, urine-based pregnancy test will be offered to you free of charge. Regardless of the results, we are here for you. We care about you and your overall health and well-being. If you want written proof of your pregnancy, bring photo identification, and the verification paperwork will be given to you at the end of your appointment.
Blood draw pregnancy testing is available for those who meet qualifications during the health assessment conducted by our medical staff.
Step 3: Physical Exam, Ultrasound, and Lab Testing
The following services may also be performed at CORE Healthcare for Women of Central Georgia, based on the results of medical assessment, availability, and/or physical examination: pregnancy testing; STI screening and testing; hemoglobin and hematocrit (H&H) testing; cervical cancer screening; limited diagnostic ultrasound to confirm estimated gestational age and the location of the pregnancy.
The head-to-toe physical exam may include but is not limited to the following:
General assessment of vital signs
Pelvic exam and pap smear:
Examine the external genitalia for abnormalities or signs of disease or infection
Inspect the cervix and vaginal canal for abnormalities, foreign bodies, and signs of infection
Assess for tenderness of the uterus and/or rectovaginal space, which may indicate infection
Limited obstetrical ultrasound
An ultrasound is vital for confirming a pregnancy. It can rule out an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage, situations which may require immediate medical attention or additional care from an OB/GYN. We offer limited obstetric ultrasounds at our three locations, in Macon, Milledgeville, and Warner Robins. During your visit, if the test our nurses provide is positive, we may be able to offer you an ultrasound. The nurse will be able to determine if you qualify for an ultrasound based on your medical history.
Your ultrasound will be reviewed by our Medical Director, who will confirm that you have a viable intrauterine pregnancy. Following the ultrasound, we urge you to schedule an appointment with your chosen OB/GYN for prenatal care.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing & Treatment:
STIs can be passed from person to person through unprotected sex and other intimate physical contact. STIs do not always have symptoms, so it is important to be tested if you are sexually active. We offer STI testing free of charge as a part of our pregnancy confirmation services to help you identify potential risks to your health and the health of your partner and/or pregnancy.
Hemoglobin & Hematocrit (H&H) Testing:
H&H testing is performed to evaluate your blood count. Those with results outside normal ranges may be at higher risk of excessive or extended bleeding or may need additional medical attention for diagnosis of disorders such as anemia. If results are found to be outside of normal limits, we will be able to provide a referral for further evaluation and care.
Step 4: Decision Support
We know an unexpected pregnancy can often lead to a difficult decision. You may have questions and we want to provide answers for you, while making sure you don’t feel alone in this process.
During an appointment our staff will:
Equip you to be fully informed on your options: Our licensed medical team presents evidence-based information so you can make the best decision for you.
Be with you each step of the way: A staff member known as a Patient Advocate will walk with you during your appointment with us.
Offer a listening ear: We care about you and want to understand your unique situation. You will be able to talk to a Patient Advocate in a non-judgmental, confidential environment.
Step 5: Personalized Care Plan & Ongoing Support
At CORE, we want to ensure you are well cared for in mind, body, and spirit. During each appointment, we develop a personalized care plan specific to your needs. We want to make sure you are cared for again and again. We offer ongoing support appointments in a variety of different ways:
Follow-Up Consultations: Decisions don’t have to be made all at one time. Feel free to request a follow-up consultation with one of our Patient Advocates to ensure you are receiving the best care and making the best decision for you.
Ongoing Support: Our extended care team is available to help you continue problem-solving through the obstacles that are standing in your way.