Navigating Life After Miscarriage

In the aftermath of a miscarriage, you may encounter emotions you have never felt before and are not sure how to handle. There’s a long healing process ahead of you, and it is your right to take all the time you need going through every step and comprehending it all. Well-meaning people may try to scientifically explain what went wrong or what to do next, but what we most want you to understand is that a miscarriage and everything afterward is all normal.

Understanding the Realities of Miscarriage

During the healing process, it may be helpful to explore the causes and implications of a miscarriage and how it affects you and your body. Between 10 and 20% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. You are not alone, you are not an anomaly, and there is nothing wrong with you. To help you understand why this happened, what your body is going through for recovery, and what this means for the future you can utilize medical resources, such as the services offered at your local healthcare clinic.

Take Time to Heal Yourself

Loss of pregnancy takes a major toll on a woman’s physical and mental wellbeing. It is imperative that you take all the time you need to recover. Allow yourself to go through the natural stages of grief and give your body the appropriate time it needs to heal. Remember, you shouldn’t expect a wildly dramatic change within just a single day. This is a slow process. Being mindful and recognizing negative thought patterns can prevent your heart and mind from making their homes there. Being sad is normal and it’s perfectly okay, but don’t let it overcome you.

Rely on the People Around You

It is easy to isolate yourself when you encounter the trauma and grief of a miscarriage, but right now is when you need to rely on the people who love you the most. Separating yourself from friends and family during this time inhibits your ability to heal and readjust through this process, and it puts you in a potentially dangerous spot. The people in your life love you and want to be there for you, they simply may not know how. Reach out to trusted friends or family members and lean on them for support.

Talk to Experts

Sometimes it may be painful or uncomfortable talking to friends and family about a miscarriage, or maybe you don’t have anyone close to you. You still do not have to carry this alone. Seek guidance from a professional who has extensive experience, so you’re not going through this process without a guiding hand. You can also reach out to support groups for women dealing with pregnancy loss, so you can walk through the grief process with someone who is dealing with a similar experience.

Your body and your mind go through so much after a miscarriage. It can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do this all on your own. If you have any pregnancy-related questions, please don’t hesitate to give Willow Womens Center a call at (608) 312-2025. We are here to help you get the information you need.


Delavan Pregnancy Services

An Easy Drive from Delavan to Willow Womens Center

The City of Beloit, Wisconsin, is located on the Wisconsin/Illinois state line, just southwest of Delavan. Situated near Interstate 39/90 and the I-43 interchange, the Beloit Welcome Center greets over one million tourists each year. Proud of the strength, beauty, and diversity in their community, Beloit is known for its world-class riverfront, the charming downtown, historic residential neighborhoods, and Beloit College.

Less than half an hour’s drive from Delavan, Wisconsin, 100 miles from downtown Chicago, and 70 miles from Six Flags Great America, Beloit has a population of 36,773 (2017 census), and the greater Beloit area has over 110,000. Originally named New Albany in 1837 by its founder, Caleb Blodgett, it was renamed Beloit a year later and hoped it would be reminiscent of Detroit.

In the 1870s the area had become known for its cigars with more than 100 cigar makers calling it home. Beloit is also famous for the inventions of the speedometer, Korn Kurls, and John Francis Appleby’s twine binder used in the reaping of grain.

No-Cost Pregnancy Services Available

At Willow Womens Center, we offer residents of Delavan pregnancy services, including pre-abortion screening. This type of screening includes a pregnancy test, ultrasound, and testing for STD/STIs. Pregnancy tests and ultrasounds are administered by a licensed medical staff member. An STI screening is done for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Testing for other STIs is given a referral.

No matter what town you call home – Delavan, Beloit or somewhere in between – if you are dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, Willow Womens Center is here for you. We place a high value on confidentiality, a non-judgmental environment, and advocates and medical staff who are kind and compassionate.

Come for the Services, Information, Support

Pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken between 28 to 31 days after the first day of your last period and detect the hormone known as hCG. Even if you have taken a home test, we encourage you to come in for a no-cost test to confirm your results.

If your test is positive, an ultrasound can tell you how far along your pregnancy is and if it is viable. If the pregnancy develops outside the uterus, it is called an ectopic pregnancy and requires immediate medical care.

Ultrasounds are also part of pre-abortion screening. About 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage during the first three months of pregnancy. If a miscarriage is likely to happen, there is no point in having a procedure you may not need. We provide limited ultrasounds for you at no cost so you have all the relevant data you need to make an informed decision.

We also offer limited screening for STD/STIs, which often are present without any symptoms to alert you. If you have ever had unprotected sex, you could be at risk. If you test positive for an STD/STI, we will either give you a prescription or refer you for treatment. Testing and treating an active STD/STI helps to avoid a chronic and painful experience with pelvic inflammatory disease. This is also provided at no cost to you.

No matter whether you live in Beloit or Delavan, Willow Womens Center pregnancy services are right here for you. Call us to schedule an appointment and let our caring advocates and medical staff guide and support you during this difficult time.


Willow Womens Center is heading to Walworth County!

We recognize that there are no free medical services for women who are facing an unexpected pregnancy in Walworth County, so we are bringing our services there. Each Tuesday, Willow Womens Center will bring our mobile ultrasound unit to Walworth County. By doing this, we can help women answer these questions before making an educated decision about their pregnancy:

Am I really pregnant?

A pregnancy test is not always conclusive. The test works by responding to a hormone your body releases when you are pregnant called HCG. Approximately 20% of all pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. Although your HCG levels may still be high enough to give a positive pregnancy test result, you might not have a viable pregnancy. Ultrasound is the earliest means of detecting a viable pregnancy and determining your gestational age. Willow Womens Center provides ultrasound services at no cost to you.

How far along am I?

The gestational age of your pregnancy will determine the type and cost of the abortion procedure you would be eligible to receive. During your visit, you will receive an ultrasound to determine this information so you can move forward with all the applicable information needed to make an informed decision.

Do I have an STI?

Because abortion is invasive, it is important to consider your future reproductive health. If you have an STI, it may travel through your cervix during an abortion which may cause PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). PID is not only painful but could cause future infertility issues. We test for the two most common and treatable STI’s — at no charge to you. Many abortion providers do not offer this service prior to your abortion.

Now what?

Our team cares about you and is committed to providing information in a non-judgmental environment.

Let’s talk about your 3 options:

Abortion ends the pregnancy. There are several abortion methods, depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy. We will give you clear, accurate information on the different procedures.

Parenting means letting your pregnancy go full-term. We strive to answer your questions on what this means for you and will offer information about resources available to you. We have referrals to community resources to help you with material support, as well as education to prepare you for parenting.

Adoption is a way of giving your child a loving home by placing the responsibility in the hands of others. You may decide that abortion isn’t right for you, but you are also not ready to be a parent, either. Adoption may be the right option for you.

At Willow Womens Center, your health and well-being come first. Make an appointment for a consultation and the free pregnancy test/ultrasound and let us help you consider all your options. YOU ARE OUR TOP PRIORITY.

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What to Expect During Your First Appointment

Now that you’ve taken the first step by calling and scheduling a time to come in to Willow Womens Center, you might be wondering what to expect during your first appointment.

Don’t panic. Our advocates are there to help you. One of the women who came to us said, “They handled my situation in the most caring way. Very empathetic to the situation. Gave great advice and did not try to alter any decisions.”

A Caring Environment

First, plan to be here for about an hour. Our trained patient care team is a group of non-judgmental, caring, licensed medical professionals and advocates. They specialize in serving women who are facing an unexpected pregnancy. They understand the decisions you have to make regarding parenting, adoption or abortion.

You can trust our team to make you their priority. They will listen carefully to you, and they will help you, with your unique set of circumstances, to evaluate all of your options so that you will be confident in the decision you make.

Paperwork

Once you have become acquainted with our team member, they will help you complete the required paperwork. Your appointment is confidential and will not be shared with anyone else.

We understand how hard this is for you as you work your way past the shock and fear to a place that is more centered and calm, where you can focus on what is best for you.

Pregnancy Test

After completing the paperwork, you will be given a lab-grade pregnancy test free of charge. Sometimes home pregnancy tests can be wrong, expired, or taken too early. While this may seem like a duplication, there are times when our test shows the first one to be wrong.

If pregnancy is confirmed, your advocate will go over all options with you and answer all the questions you have regarding any and all options open to you.

Ultrasound

An ultrasound is the second, but vital, step that not only determines the gestational age of the fetus, it also determines whether or not the pregnancy is viable. Sometimes it is not and a miscarriage will likely happen. Other times they may detect an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

STI Screening

The third step is to talk with you about the reasons to test for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections – chlamydia and gonorrhea. Abortion can be an invasive procedure and, if chosen and performed when there is an untreated STI, can result in pelvic inflammatory disease.

If this occurs, you take a big risk. According to the CDC, pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to chronic lower abdominal pain, infertility, abscesses, and more. The infertility rate for those with PID is pretty high. One in eight women with a history of PID will have problems getting pregnant.

If the test comes back positive for an STI, Willow Womens Center can provide a prescription for Chlamydia and refer treatment for Gonorrhea.

We will continue to be here for you no matter your decision. Our goal is to empower you, to make sure you have all the facts you need to make the best decision for you, and to provide it in a caring and non-judgmental way.

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Why Choose Us?

Your period hasn’t come and you feel unsure what to do next. If you think you might be pregnant, Willow Womens Center is here for you. You are our priority! All of our services are free of charge, which means we are only interested in helping you get all the information needed to make an informed decision.

Willow Womens Center can verify your pregnancy at no cost to you

During your confidential appointment, you will receive a high-quality pregnancy test at no cost. If you are pregnant, our friendly, trained staff will provide information on each of your options and will provide an ultrasound (at no cost) to determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable.

Before deciding about your pregnancy, it’s critical to know exactly how far along your pregnancy is.

No matter what you choose to do with your body, the only timely way to confirm a pregnancy and find out how far along you are is through an ultrasound. An Ultrasound can also spot whether you might miscarry or if your pregnancy is ectopic, which could be life-threatening.

If you are indeed pregnant, Willow provides testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Since abortion can be an invasive procedure, untreated STI’s can be pushed into the uterus where they can radically impact your reproductive health, as well as your life. If you test positive either STI, we will either provide or refer for treatment.