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Coping with the abortion

Having an abortion can be an emotionally taxing experience. Even if you are certain, you don’t want a child (yet), an abortion is a difficult decision and many women struggle with ambivalent feelings. After the abortion, hormonal changes can also make you feel sad, gloomy or unstable.

It’s important to talk about your feelings with people you can trust. If you don’t have anyone you trust and can talk to, you can perhaps seek out support from a counsellor, social worker or psychologist.

What happens with the embryo and the abortion tissue?

After the treatment, the embryo will be carefully kept at the clinic. At a later date, it will be collectively cremated by a specialist company.

I am having a pregnancy termination due to a foetal abnormality. Can I say goodbye?

This is only possible at Bloemenhove Clinic Haarlem. There are several ways to say goodbye to your baby in case of a pregnancy termination due to medical (foetal) abnormalities:
- collective cremation
- collective cremation and scattering of the ashes
- individual cremation
- individual burial, if you reside in the Netherlands

For more information, please click this link

Can I know the baby’s sex?

During the ultrasound, the doctor only looks at details relevant to the medical treatment, such as gestation and placenta position. The doctor does not look at the embryo’s sex, therefore we hold no information on the sex.

Can I receive an ultrasound image?

During the preliminary examination, the doctor will make an ultrasound. If you ask the doctor beforehand, you can have a copy of the ultrasound image to take with you. If you decide later that you would like to have a copy, you can pick one up during weekdays at the reception desk, on presentation of your ID. If you can’t or don’t want to come around, please send us an email with your request and a scanned copy of your ID.

I had an abortion but feel emotionally shaken. Where can I get help?

Having an abortion can be an emotionally taxing procedure. Even when women know for certain they don’t want a child, an abortion is a difficult decision. Many women struggle with ambivalent feelings. Hormonal changes can make you feel sad, gloomy or unstable. If you need someone to talk to, please contact FIOM. This organisation supports women before and after an abortion.