Cobb Pregnancy Services is a medical clinic offering free pregnancy tests, free limited ultrasounds, abortion information and numerous free classes to the men and women in Cobb County and the surrounding area. Conveniently located just off the square in Marietta, we are on the Cobb County Transit bus line, at 47 Gramling Street, Marietta 30008.
We offer a number of free services at Cobb Pregnancy Services including free pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds. In the spring of 2014, we will begin offering free STD testing as well. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are taken whenever possible.
Are you ready to make an appointment? Free pregnancy testing is done on the hour before noon and on the half hour after 12:00. A pregnancy test and medical questionnaire must be done before scheduling an ultrasound. We require a valid ID to receive services. Call 770-590-9361 to make an appointment.
The medical staff at Cobb Pregnancy Services are prepared to listen to all your questions and concerns about your health and pregnancy. Please take advantage of the many free services we have to offer. Even if you just need to talk, we are always available and eager to listen.
Symptoms of pregnancy may vary as all women are not alike nor are pregnancies all alike. The most significant symptom is a missed menstrual cycle.
The Menstrual Cycle – Most women have a 28 day menstrual cycle. An egg becomes ripe and is released from the ovary on or around 14 days after the first day of the last menstrual. The egg has a life span of 24 hours as it travels down the fallopian tube. Sperm can live as long as 5 days depending on cervical mucus which is optimal near ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary). Chances of impregnation are significant if intercourse takes place during ovulation.
Other symptoms may include:
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with pregnancy; in particular a missed menstrual cycle, taking a pregnancy test is the best way to know for sure. There are two types of pregnancy testing; one using urine and the other blood. Both tests will detect the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which is produced by the placenta after the embryo attaches to the uterine wall. The level of hCG increases rapidly within the first few days of pregnancy.
For more reliable results, most doctors recommend that their patients wait until they have missed a menstrual cycle before taking a pregnancy test.
If you think you might be pregnant and don’t know what to do next, don’t feel that you have to take journey alone. Regardless of the decisions that got you where you are today, we are here to support you. Our caring staff is devoted to helping men and women face unexpected pregnancies positively with practical assistance and emotional support.
Since Cobb Pregnancy Services does not perform abortions, and has no financial incentive to convince a woman to terminate her pregnancy, you can trust us to give you accurate information about this medical procedure.
We can help with questions like:
If you are considering abortion, it is important that you talk to someone first. Cobb Pregnancy Services can help answer your questions about abortion and provide you throughout the decision process.
Adoption is an option that allows you the peace of knowing you’ve provided a better situation for your child. You can even choose the couple. Perhaps you are considering an adoption because:
Deciding to parent a child can be scary, especially if you’re doing it alone. Some of the thoughts that are going through your head may be:
Cobb Pregnancy Services can help you address your concerns and make an informed decision about this pregnancy.
Hereditary characteristics are set when the sperm met the egg. The man’s sperm determines the sex. The fertilized egg develops from a single cell to an embryo — already with a head and body. The embryo grows inside a sac of amniotic fluid (bag of waters). The brain, eyes, mouth, inner ears, digestive system, arms and legs are starting to develop. Brain, nervous system, heart and lungs are forming. The heart begins beating around the 25th day. Tiny spots for ears, eyes and nose exist, and arm and leg buds are forming.
Eyes and ears are in a critical time of growth. Facial features are forming. Cartilage, skin and muscles are starting to shape the fetus’ body. The umbilical cord has formed. Fingers, toes and fingernails are forming. 7 weeks old.Stomach, liver, and kidneys are developing. It is now just about 1 inch in length and weighs less than an ounce.
Teeth, lips and genitals begin to develop. There are 20 buds for future teeth. The head is large, since the brain grows faster than the other organs. Fingers, toes, and fingernails are forming. Stomach, liver, and kidneys are developing. The heart is beating. By the end of this month, organs are formed and most are working. The fetus is still too tiny for the woman to detect movement. It weighs about 1 ounce and is about 2 1/4 inches long.
Hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, fingernails and toenails are forming. There are vocal cords and taste buds and can now suck its thumb! The fetus begins a growth spurt in length and weight. It is about 7 inches long and weighs about 5 ounces Ears, arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet and toes are completely formed. Reflex movements allow the elbows to bend, legs to kick and fingers to form a fist.
The heart is beating about 120 to 160 beats a minute. Blood goes through the umbilical cord to the fetus. About 1 cup of amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus in the sac. The kidneys circulate the fluid swallowed by the baby back into the amniotic sac. The fetus is still too tiny for the woman to feel movement.
The fetus now has hair, sleeps, and wakes at regular intervals. Movement becomes more frequent — the woman can now feel the arms and legs move. There will be active times and quiet times. Skin is protected by a white cheesy secretion (vernix caseosa). The fetus moves in the amniotic fluid. The skin is wrinkled and red and is filling out with fat. Eyelids are still closed. Fingernails are growing. A doctor will be able to detect a heartbeat. The fetus is about 8 to 12 inches long and weighs less than 1 pound.
The fetus can frown, squint and hear sounds inside the womb. Unique fingerprints and footprints have formed. He can now cough and hiccup, and is big enough to be felt when the woman’s abdomen is examined. The skin is still wrinkled and red. The fetus is about 11 to 14 inches. long and weigh about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds.
The movements are more frequent and vigorous. A fine, soft hair called lanugo covers the body. The brain and nervous system are growing quickly, and the heartbeat might be heard by another person placing an ear on the woman’s abdomen. Testicles of boys start to move down into the scrotum. Sleeping and waking times are defined. He may suck a thumb and is now 15 in. long and weighs about 2 1/2 to 3 lbs.
The fetus is growing and kicks are felt much more strongly. The bones continue to harden. He now looks much the same as he will at birth, but his body still needs some filling out. Now the fetus hears sounds outside the woman’s body and his eyes are open. The fetus is active, with patterns of sleep and wakefulness. He may settle into the birthing position. The body is now mature enough to survive if he is born during these weeks. He is about 18 in. long and weighs about 5 1/2 lbs.
By the end of this month, the baby will be fully developed. The bones of his head will be soft and flexible for delivery. In most cases, babies ready to be born will turn head-down toward the cervical opening, with their feet up under the woman’s ribs. The eye color is dark gray. This may change after birth. The fingernails become complete and may grow long.
The baby may seem quieter because there is less space to move. There are periods of sleep and activity. The baby’s organs are maturing so the baby will be ready to breathe and grow on her own after birth. About 1 quart of amniotic fluid surrounds the baby.
“Birth” isn’t the beginning of the baby’s life — it’s just one chapter in a continuing story. In fact, he will continue to develop, just like in the womb, until he reaches the age of approximately 23 years!
Dilation of the cervix – Area is numbed with an anesthetic. Rods of varying thickness are used to force the cervix open in order to insert the surgical instruments.
A thin plastic tube connected to a glass vacuum canister is inserted into the uterus. The suction device for abortion is about 29 times more powerful than a home vacuum canister. The woman will experience a strong pulling sensation as the contents of the uterus are pulled through the tubing.
Infection can occur if any portion of the fetus or placenta is left behind or if the surgical instruments are not sterile. Most infections can be cured with antibiotics, however, infection can result in the inflammation of the uterus called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can hinder conception. Hemorrhaging (uncontrollable bleeding) can occur with any abortion, but is more common when the fetus is larger. Vitamin K injections may be administered to help the blood coagulate. Occasionally, a blood transfusion may be necessary. Scar tissue may form around (the uterus where the uterine wall has been scraped to remove placental tissue. Scar tissue may make it difficult for a woman to conceive later on. Blocked fallopian tubes (which makes conception impossible) may be another result of scar tissue. Perforation of the uterus wall may occur because the uterus is much softer during pregnancy and more vulnerable to the abortion instruments.
The cervix is dilated and, rather than suctioning out the contents of the womb, a sharp instrument called a curette (sharp, spoon-shaped knife) is used to cut and tear the fetus and placenta into small pieces. The walls of the uterus are then scraped to insure that all the placenta remains are removed.
The procedure takes longer than vacuum aspiration, and anesthesia is almost always used. There is less bleeding and less chance of hemorrhaging. The cervix must be dilated more, increasing the risk for muscle damage which can result in an “incompetent cervix.”
Note: Although the abortion procedure does pose some health risks, major complications are rare.
Studies show that many women find it difficult to get past an abortion. Are you struggling with a past abortion? Take the test below.
Abortion Recovery Checklist
Call CPS to learn more about the recovery classes offered.