Where can I get an abortion in Hyderabad?

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Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) Hyderabad :

  • FPAI Hyderabad, 6-3-883/F, Topaz Building, Punjagutta Office Colony Lane,Punjagutta, Hyderabad, 500082

We have been mapping FPAI Clinics in different parts of India. We went visiting the FPAI Hyderabad Branch and it was one of the biggest independent branch we have seen. It was an independent building, in the middle of the city. It had a lovely park outside the hospital. Interestingly enough there was a diagnostic Centre right below it.

The registration fee is Rs 50. There would be a minimal cost for further procedures required.

We went inside the first floor of the building. It had a lot of patients and their families sitting right outside the Out Patient Department section. There were 2 surgeries that were conducted that day. We meet the person in charge who was willing to show us around.

The place had a doctor, a counsellor, some operating rooms and a ward as well.

They even had some posters that provided information regarding Medical Termination of Pregnancy and the number of months under which one could avail the services. We met the Auxiliary Nurse Midwife who was present at the clinic and who also showed us some of the rooms as well as some of the services available. At this specific clinic they only provided abortions for up to 12 weeks ( 1st Trimester).

 

(Poster  in Telegu explaining different months within which abortion can be performed)

The different types of services that come along :

  1. Sterilisation (Both Female and Male)
  2. Temporary Methods : ( IUD, Oral Pills)
  3. Medical Termination of Pregnancy
  4. Cancer Screenings

 

Podcast: Let’s Make Abortion Safe: Women’s Reproductive Health

Welcome back to our Podcast series. As women, it is very important for us to know our rights and own decisions that are to be made about our individual bodies. But, have you wondered about how challenging that can be at times? There can be many reasons that make women’s reproductive health and rights a difficult area to talk about, let alone owning it.

Team Hidden Pockets discusses this issue with our team of specialists from areas such as Roopnagar district, Faizabad, Aliganj and Pune; who help us understand the importance and the need for women to own decisions around safe abortions. This podcast is specifically created to talk to women who have been working in the area of women’s health and reproductive rights for a while now. Listen to them share their personal and professional experiences with us.

We begin with Video volunteers from Pune District, move onto Arpan Society from Punjab, to Janvikas Kendra from U.P., and finally to Mahila Atma Suraksha Sanstha, U.P. Each of these women share the heroic work of their organizations that work in the area of safe abortion, women’s rights and providing services. Listen to them discuss how important The Right to Life and Respect of one’s body is for women.

Women today and since time immemorial have been struggling with knowledge around safe abortion techniques, breaking free from the shackles of patriarchy and making informed decisions about their bodies and even just doing what is good for them. Our specialists relentlessly work each day to make the lives for thousands of women who are struggling, better each day. Their only message is to empower yourselves and take ownership. Don’t let anybody make these decisions for you. Go to your nearest public health clinic, access non-profit organizations around you and make your abortion safe. Let’s not be afraid anymore to discuss Safe Abortion.

 

A special thanks to CREA for introducing these wonderful women to Hidden Pockets.

Host: Aisha Lovely George

Pic Credit: canva.com

Music by Audionautix.com

 

10 things that you don’t know about abortion in India

There seems to be a lot of general misconception or lack of clarity about getting a Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) or an abortion in India. Many women aren’t aware that it is legal in India to get a pregnancy terminated. It is important for women to know what is and is not a right with respect to getting an abortion. Here’s a list of 10 things that you might not know about getting an abortion in India:

1. Abortion is legal in India

Abortion or medical termination of pregnancy is legally permitted under certain circumstances up to twenty weeks of pregnancy. According to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1971, pregnancy may be terminated under certain circumstances. This includes

  1. Rape
  2. Physical or mental risk to the health of the pregnant woman
  3. Failure of contraception in case of married women
  4. Chances of disability of any kind to the child

2. Woman has the right to say yes or no to an abortion

Though MTP Act does not confer the right to terminate a pregnancy on demand, she can choose to say no to a forced abortion. She has the right to continue with the pregnancy and have the child. No one can force her to get an abortion. Now that is a punishable offence says the MTP Act!

3. You need only your consent to get an abortion

If you are a pregnant woman who wants to get an abortion, remember that only you need your consent to get an abortion. If you are above 18 years of age, you need no one else’s permission to get an abortion. If the doctor or personnel in any hospital asks for your parent or husband’s consent, let them know that it is your body and your right.

4. Pregnancy can be terminated till 20 weeks of pregnancy

The MTP Act allows for any pregnancy to be terminated within 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, in January 2017, the Supreme Court had granted permission to a rape survivor to terminate her pregnancy at 24 weeks since the foetus was found to not have a head. It is worth noting that an amendment drafted in 2014 sought to increase the pregnancy termination limit to 24 weeks from the present 20 weeks.

5. Every termination of pregnancy may not be a foeticide

The termination of a pregnancy is a foeticide only if it is done after a sex determination test. The PCPNDT Act was passed in 1994 to prevent female foeticide based on sex determination tests. Only if an abortion is proven to be done due to a sex determination test, it becomes a punishable offence.

6. Sex determination may not be possible with 12 weeks of pregnancy

Here’s the thing with sex determination test, the PCPNDT Act punishes the technician who performs the test. Usually, sex of the foetus cannot be determined within 12 weeks of pregnancy. So an abortion done with 12 weeks of pregnancy cannot be pinned on sex selection. That said, forcing a woman to do a sex selection is a punishable offence.

7. Only a Registered Medical Practioner (RMP) can do abortion

It is important to get any pregnancy terminated by a Registered Medical Practioner. This may seem like a trivial detail when you are looking to get an abortion. But it is something that is to be taken quite seriously considering that unsafe abortion could leave to several complications. The MTP Act prescribes the requirements for any doctor to become a Registered Medical Practioner. This involves several levels of rigorous training to ensure that the doctor is well qualified to their job. Hence it is important to get an abortion done only from a Registered Medical Practioner.

8. Abortion can be done only in a government hospital or District Level Committee approved place

Similar to the need for Registered Medical Practioner to perform an abortion, it is also necessary to get an abortion in a government approved hospital. A pregnancy can be terminated only in a government hospital or a hospital approved by a District Level Committee set up for this purpose. If you are unsure about where to get an abortion, head to the nearest government hospital to avoid any complications that may arise to due to unsafe abortion.

9. Abortion is not a right

Getting an abortion may be legal in India, however it is not a right that women have. What does this mean? It means that you cannot get an abortion on demand, which means that a woman cannot ask to be aborted by a doctor. It can be got only for one of the reasons stated above.

10. Doctor can refuse to perform an abortion on any woman

Considering that abortion is not a right in India, any doctor may refuse to terminate a pregnancy. For instance, the woman may mention risk to physical or mental health as a reason for requesting a termination of her pregnancy. However unless the doctor sees that to be a real risk, they can refuse to terminate the pregnancy.

To listen more on this issue, check out our podcast where Jasmine George, a lawyer and sexual and reproductive health advocate discusses MTP Act with us.

Finding free health services for women: A look at government hospitals in Bengaluru

“How many Government Hospitals are there in Bengaluru? Could you please tell me few names?” I asked a female worker at St Johns Hospital, Bengaluru, who had a big smile on her face and looked approachable. “Umm, Victoria… Vanivilas… Jayadeva… there are a lot of them” she answered. Armed with what I could glean from Google and my limited knowledge of Kannada, I was on a quest: to locate health services for women in government hospitals in the city. Having attempted it before in Delhi as part of a mapping project for Hidden Pockets, which locates services around sexual and reproductive health services. Having done this before in Delhi, we were trying to do the same in Bangalore, to understand what that process was like for women who seek health services and be able to recommend it to women in all situations. But given our rather bleak experiences trying to figure this out in Delhi, my research in Bangalore led to a pleasant surprise.

Bengaluru Urban District is divided into four taluks: Bengaluru North, Bengaluru East, Bengaluru South and Anekal. I went to five government hospitals across the North, East and South taluks. The first hospital I visited was Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital, a 2-minute walk from the busy Shivaji Nagar Bus. It is much cleaner than the government hospitals I have seen in Delhi, and guards were very helpful, and able to answer my queries.

“Room No27. Yes, that is where she sits,” one guard told me when I asked where I could find a gynaecologist. “Once you procure an Admit Card for Rs10, you can consult a doctor here” he added. I met a few, all young and helpful doctors, who told me that the facilities are provided for free. The patients also looked happy with the services. Out of curiosity I asked one of the patients who was waiting to meet the doctor outside Room No. 27, how the services were and if it was for free. She told me that the check-ups as well as the medicines were free, one needed only to pay transportation costs. She told me the doctors were helpful. To double check, I also spoke to the chemist at their in-house pharmacy. “All medicines are free, but if it is not present in the main medicine block then we sell those medicines at 50-percent-off rates at the generic medical store under “Jana Sanjivini” scheme. This scheme involves setting up of generic stores in the hospitals of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education,” he explained.

Content with what I saw, I walked towards Government HSIS Gosha Hospital, which is a 10-minute walk from the Shivaji Nagar Bus stand. Nobody seemed to know about it and most of them referred to it as the Muslim hospital. I could spot it on Google maps, but the navigation didn’t keep up with me and I was lost. An hour later, a cab driver was able to point me in the right direction. The hospital had a big entrance and a big board with its name written on it but as I entered it was difficult to understand where the building was. I couldn’t find the entrance gate. The hospital was under construction and I could only find the Maternity ward, rest of the hospital seemed under construction “Gosha Hospital handles all maternity issues which includes pregnancy, women’s health issues, Paediatrics, abortion etc. Rest all cases go to Bowring Hospital which is 15 minutes walk away from here”, a helpful staff told me. Gosha Hospital also follows the same procedure, one needs to get an admit card costing Rs. 5. All the treatment as well as the medicines are free. I could see the admitted ladies were talking evening strolls at the hospital veranda.  I was amazed by the cleanliness of the hospital and the smiling faces of the admitted patients made the hospital look more friendly. This hospital had more of the Muslim crowd. I tried meeting the head of the hospital for more information about MTP but I was denied and was told to get my employee ID card for any information. But the helpful staff was very polite and told me one can come during morning for MTP.

The next hospital in the list was the Victoria Hospital which is located close to the City Market, Fort Road. It was very easy to locate Victoria Hospital since it is one of the biggest government hospitals in Bengaluru. While searching for the maternity ward at Victoria, I found Vanivilas. It is a huge building which has all the services required in a maternity ward. I got to know that the maternity ward is called ‘Vanivilas’ and to meet the gynaecologist one needs to go to Room No. 29. “Patient needs to get an admit card costing Rs.10 and then can consult the doctor. All services are free here,” said one of the female nurses who directed me to Room No. 29. Vanivilas takes care of all the issues related to pregnancy, women’s health issues, paediatrics and abortion. At Room No. 16 one can get free tablets. It follows the “Jana Sanjivini” scheme i.e. all medicines are free, but if it is not present in the main medicine block then medicines are sold at 50-percent-off rates at the generic medical store.

One-Stop Centres

In my mapping study, I was also looking for one stop crisis centres (which we’ve explored previously in The Ladies Finger) in Bengaluru. These centres are intended to support women affected by violence, and to cater to the immediate medical, legal and psychological needs of the survivors of violence. In 2015, the Ministry of Women & Child Development proposed to set up 36 centres across the country with an outlay of Rs 18 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund. In the first phase there should have been one centre per State/UT.

When I enquired about it at Vanivilas, I was instantly told there was one at Bowring Hospital. I did go back, and found the Women Special Ward there called “Mahila Gataka” and found that it works exactly the same as the one stop crisis centres proposed by the Central Government. A unit was devoted to support women affected by violence. The unit had proper check-up rooms, a room for admitting the patient if required. There was provision for a counsellor, a policeman, legal assistance, a person from NGO. The unit was clean and was properly maintained. A staff from the hospital who was probably a nurse, was in charge of the unit. The staff was very friendly and approachable. She took me around and showed me the entire unit. The centre seems to operate on funds from the Karnataka state government; as The Hindu reports, the state has not claimed compensation under the Nirbhaya Fund. Considering I didn’t find a one-stop centre in Delhi, I never expected to find one in Bengaluru and was pleased to be proved wrong by Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital.

The last hospital I visited was KC General Hospital in Malleswaram. It was easy to find this hospital. Most of the auto guys knew about it. “You can meet the gynaecologist in A Block,” the guard told me. As I stepped inside the A Block and the first thing I noticed was ‘Mahila Gataka’. I was highly impressed. The person in charge showed me the unit. It was exactly similar to the one in Bowring Hospital. There was provision for a counsellor, a policeman, legal assistance and a person from NGO. The unit was smaller than the unit in Bowring Hospital. The doctors were approachable. It was lovely to see how even the hospital guards knew about the unit and how they were ready to guide us whenever we asked. KC General also offers free medical assistance to its patients. In all the Government hospitals, we went, maximum cost incurred was Rs. 10 (admit card).

The whole mapping around Government Hospitals in Bengaluru made me realise that public hospitals in Bengaluru are approachable. The staff is friendly and helpful. The guards were aware about the Women Special Wards (Similar to One Stop crisis centre). I would say that the government hospitals in Bengaluru are doing a good job. Common wo/man should try out the services provided by the Public Health Care. The consultation is completely free and the services are pretty fine.

Practitioners Experience:

The experience I shared above is as an end user. Had I missed out on the experiences by the on-field practitioners who have actually worked with these government health services providers, this article would have been in complete. One of the practitioner felt that these health providers are good but can do a lot better. Patients tend to offer extra payment to doctors, which has also become a forced practise now. The patients should try to understand that government hospital services are all free and by paying the doctors extra they are creating an extra burden for those who actually can’t pay.

Author Profile:

Aisha Lovely George, a researcher and podcaster at Hidden Pockets. Folllow her at @aishalgeorge on Instagram.

We would love to thank The Ladies Finger for helping us think through the piece and helping us curate a better experience.

 

Where is a good abortion clinic in Delhi?

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Finally I found it !

FPAI –Family Planning Association of India. Ladies!!! Have you heard about it? If yes, then I am happy for you, if no then get ready to receive an amazing information that I am going to give you. For those who are not aware of FPAI, It stands for Family Planning Association for India. They provide services on family planning and unwanted pregnancies. They have clinics around India. Few of the cities are Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai. Recently, I got a chance to visit the FPAI clinic in Delhi and I was amazed to see how approachable they were.

Abortion is legal under certain conditions.

First of all, let me start by saying abortion is legal in India until certain weeks. To more know about this, please check our article here.

The clinic we recommend is situated at RK Puram Sector- 4, New Delhi -110022, Opposite Capital Court, Munirka, Near HDFC Bank and Methodist Church. It is easy to locate the clinic. As I went inside the gate the surrounding of the clinic had positive vibes. The plants and trees added to the calmness. I dint feel as if I am standing in front of an abortion clinic. I went and met the Doctor who was all excited to meet us and show around the clinic. As we entered I saw the counsellor’s room. The counsellor had a huge smile on her face. I felt safe and welcomed.  We went and sat with the doctor in the examination room where the patients were examined.

“Privacy and confidentiality is the most important aspect that FPAI follows”, told the doctor.  Whoever comes to the clinic needs to just register with one’s name. This is required, to keep a count of the patients. It is not for public to examine.

Married or Unmarried women can receive abortion services.

Let it be a married women or unmarried women, the information of the patient is kept highly confidential. Nobody asks the patient uncomfortable questions like are you married or not? Where is the husband? Everybody is treated with dignity at FPAI.

As soon as one walks inside the clinic, the person is sent to the counsellor’s room. The counsellor makes sure that the person is comfortable. Privacy is given utmost important. The counsellor discusses what all happened and what can be done. Later the person is sent to the examination room and is examined by the doctor who later provides medicines or performs the operation accordingly.

For abortion or also known as Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP), the woman needs to fill a consent form called ‘Form C’.  Only the consent of the women is required for performing the medical termination.

For the first 4-8 weeks, doctors are willing to provide the medicines or the pills to induce abortion.

Procedures regarding Medical Abortion :

The woman is provided with a medicine kit containing mifepristone and misoprostol.  These medicines are best helpful in first 12 weeks (1st Trimester of abortion).

The doctor properly explains how to utilise these medicines as it is important to take these medicines in a proper way and under the doctor’s guidance

miso-and-mife

Procedure:

  • Day 1:One 200 mg tablet of Mifepristone is taken
  • Day 3 (between 24 to 48 hours):Misoprostol pills of 200 mcg each (total of 800 mcg) are given orally or vaginally.
  • Day 14 – 15:Person returns for a post-treatment examination to affirm that a complete end of pregnancy has happened.

The doctor would recommend to come back for an ultrasound check up after 15 days. As per the doctor if it is difficult to come back to clinic, then get an ultrasound (abdomen) done because it is important to find out if the abortion is completed and women is safe.

The doctor told me these medicines don’t have any side effects but should be always taken under the doctor’s guidance.  It is always better to see if the clinic has displayed the certificate for medical termination practice. One needs to be careful from quacks or unregistered doctors.

After 12 weeks, Doctors normally recommend Surgical abortion.

Surgical Abortion :

 

MVA (Medical Vacuum Aspiration) method  is used for surgical termination. It involves using a specially designed syringe to apply gentle suction to remove the pregnancy or pregnancy tissue from the womb. It can be done with or without local anaesthetic (you will be awake), and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. This method is legal, less expensive and more comfortable than Dilation and curettage (which is an old method). It is also safe.

After five weeks,  a surgical procedure is your only option. If you opt for a surgical abortion, you will need to give your doctor a couple of days to make arrangements at the hospital/ clinic. The actual procedure takes only about 15-20 minutes, but you will have to stay in the hospital for four to five hours.

Is Abortion scary? I am nervous?

These are some of the questions that we have been getting in the past.

Is it safe?

Will my Girl friend treated well?

Does it hurt? 

I am unmarried. Will they provide me service?

 

Let me tell you ladies, I found FPAI very friendly and approachable. If required, kindly try utilizing this clinic. It’s friendly, non-judgemental, safe, clean and affordable. The whole facility would cost around 500 INR. Kindly utilize this amazing clinic. Try it out and refer it to the ladies around. Let us all promote safe abortion and health care around us.

We also wanted to share a story of one of our followers who felt lonely and betrayed while trying to terminate her pregnancy : http://www.hidden-pockets.com/abortion-stories-in-india/

You are not alone, we are here!

PS: “FPA India clinics may charge, what we prefer to call as a ‘partial user fee’ to the clients for seeking abortion or any other SRH service. This fee is very subsidized and helps the Association meet some running costs.  Only when the facility is not equipped to provide a particular service (for example some client may need a specialized service, or admission or higher level emergency care) are clients to other facilities.”

 

Sexual and Reproductive Health Centres: What Chennai has to offer women

As a woman and as a Public Health practitioner, women’s sexual and reproductive health is of extreme importance and relevance. So, I thought I could start off this series with a look into Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP), in layman’s terms Abortion. There’s no better place to start than at home, Chennai. MTP raises a variety of moral, social and legal questions. If the pregnant woman feels the necessity to terminate her pregnancy, does she have the right to do so? If she does upto what moment and on what conditions? MTP is legal only upto 20 weeks of pregnancy and only under certain specific conditions, such as:

  1. If continuation of the pregnancy would be a risk either physically/mentally to the mother
  2. If the woman is not ready to become a mother yet
  3. If the fetus shows abnormality in the scan and tests, which would prove that it would be born severely handicapped. According to the Declaration of Chennai, Review of the MTP act in order to halt sex selective abortion, in 2007, it was established that it is the Woman’s right to chose to carry the child to term or terminate the pregnancy. All this information was easily accessible and very informative.

The provision for MTP services was the next big question on my mind. So, I did a quick search on public domain with simple keywords like, abortion clinics in Chennai, MTP clinics in Chennai, government abortion clinics etc. This is some of the information that I could gather. Abortions are done in a hospital or in a clinic that specializes in abortions and both may have separate requirements. To have an abortion in a hospital, you may need to visit a birth control clinic, your family doctor or a women’s health centre first. In both the clinic and the hospital, the actual procedure takes about 10 minutes but they may insist on keeping the woman under observation as seen fit. Some of the places where you can get the required information on MTP services are:

  1. A women’s healthcare centre at a hospital
  2. A Planned Parenthood Association
  3. Your nearest public health unit
  4. A birth control centre

What is given and what is not!

However, beware! There are also quite a few illegal MTP centers in several areas around Chennai. So kindly enquire thoroughly before choosing a clinic. On further research into the number of centers, I found that over three-quarters of abortion-certified facilities are in the private sector. MTP is every Woman’s right and to deny her the same, is not only a violation of her rights but also, putting her in harm’s way. An online search fails to provide easy access to information on MTP clinics in Chennai. It just gives us a clinic name and address in the yellow pages or Just Dial.

Any online search result does not provide reviews or description of services that could help a woman in need to decide if it would be the right place for her. With the importance of that decision weighing down on her while she is going in for a procedure that is emotionally and mentally gut wrenching and nerve wracking, it would definitely be much better if the search would yield, more in-depth results. I found the names and addresses of around 90 Clinics and hospitals with Obstetricians and Gynecological services of which only 10 to 15% were government institutions.

A holistic approach is needed that will not lead to more women seeking out unsafe abortion providers, resulting in an increase in maternal deaths. A long-lasting solution can be achieved, only by bringing about a cultural change and definitely not by clamping down on abortion services and drug availability. India is far from this goal but She is most definitely on Her way, one step at a time!

Author profile:

Dr. Meenakshi Thiagarajan is a dentist and a Public Health professional. Women’s sexual and reproductive health are her areas of interest. In her free time, she pens her thoughts down. You can find her writing on social stigmas.

Audio Podcasts

For some of us, audio senses has its own pleasure, and we decided to curate and create some of these stories in an audio format.

Through this audio podcast, get to know about Aravani Community (Transgender Community) and also about the Aravani Art Project.
A talk with Poornima Sukumar, Founder of the Aravani Art Project.

 

Young people from South Asia and South East Asia talking about Safe abortion, Single woman accessing Hospitals and about Government hospitals in general.

Listen to the conditions prevailing in South Asian as well south east Asian countries with respect to sexual and reproductive health. Know about how young women use the facilities in the hospitals, why do they prefer private or public hospitals.

#IWillGoOut was a national level event hosted by a collected of young women across in India, resisting the impositions and reclaiming their rights, and spaces on roads.

Background score: Credit: Destinazione@altrove-paintthesky missJudged

What is sexual pleasure for you? Do women experience this differently? We asked LoveTreats and found some interesting answers.

Pourakarmikas are Bangalore (Karnataka – India) based men and women who clear different kinds of garbage, from food waste to discarded cell phones, from the city’s streets.

Pourakarmikas are fighting for a life with dignity. On 8th March 2017, on International women’s Day they decided to protest at the BBMP head Office. Hidden Pockets joined them.

I want to thank the Facebook page ” Pourakarmikas Demand their Rights ” for providing us with useful content.

Music credit: @nop and destinazone_altrove

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