Before Your Appointment:
- Purchase sanitary pads and a pain reliever (ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen - no aspirin) to use at home after your procedure
Eat a light meal
Wear loose-fitting clothing
Shower or bathe before arriving
Plan on being here from 3 to 5 hours
Minors: Your parent or legal guardian must stay in the clinic while you are here.
Patients with diabetes: Eat a normal breakfast, and take a 1/2 dose of insulin the day of the procedure
Patients with a seizure disorder: Take your prescribed medications as usual
Patients with hypertension (high blood pressure): Take your prescribed medications as usual
Bring to Your Appointment:
- Payment in full for services: Acceptable methods of payment include cash, money order, traveler's checks, certified cashier's check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover cards. Card owner must be present.
- Valid photo ID - Minors MUST BRING a government-issued ID that includes the name and birth date. Parents and guardians accompanying minors MUST ALSO bring a government-issued ID.
- Extra sanitary pads (especially if you have a long ride home)
- Someone to drive you home (all patients receiving mild (pill) or IV sedation must have a driver)
Patients with asthma: Bring your inhaler(s)
Patients with diabetes: Bring all testing supplies
Reproductive Health Services requires all unemancipated minors seeking an abortion in the State of Missouri to obtain notarized written consent of the minor and one parent. In some cases, a second custodial parent must be notified BEFORE the patient’s first appointment. A list of required documents is included below to help you understand what documentation is needed on the day of your first appointment.
The following is a list of documentation and requirements (#1-3) the minor and the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) MUST bring the day of their appointment. If you do not bring all required documentation to your appointment, you cannot have your procedure and you will be rescheduled.
1. Photo ID of minor patient - The minor will need a state-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID.
2. Photo ID of parents or guardian - The parent will need a state-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID.
3. Legal papers linking the minor to the parent or legal guardian, such as
- Birth Certificate
- Custodial agreement or Divorce decree
- Guardianship paperwork
- Authorization for Medical treatment assigned by the courts
NOTE: If the parent’s name differs from the name that appears on the birth certificate (for example, mother has remarried) documentation must be submitted verifying the parent’s connection to the minor. Acceptable documentation would include:
- Divorce papers showing a name change
- Custody agreement
- Guardianship papers
- Marriage certificate showing name change for the mother.
4. REQUIRED ACTION: Parental Notification - If the minor has another custodial parent (in addition to the parent providing consent) who has been awarded joint legal custody or joint physical custody by a court, the consenting parent may have to provide written notification to the other parent BEFORE the patient’s first appointment. The consenting parent can complete the following form before the first appointment or complete it at the health center. It MUST be reviewed and any action taken, if necessary, prior to the first appointment.
Do NOT Bring:
Food or drinks
Children (children are not allowed in the clinic)
If you have any questions about the instructions or about procedure day, please call 314-531-7526.