Jezebel wrote a post today on one young woman's blogging through her abortion experience. Frank and unabashed, she started the blog as a response to the lack of personal pro-choice blogs available. For years I've been saying that when I write a book, it'll be called the Oh Shit! Pregnancy Guide, and would include early pregnancy information for women who haven't made up their minds yet about the decision to adopt, have an abortion or parent, but are still puking their poor guts out and wondering why they're running to the bathroom every fifteen minutes to pee. (The Pregnancy Options Workbook is one of the only books to do a pretty good job of this--without the profanity, of course.)
The author seems to have beaten me to the punch with her writing project: What to Expect When You're Aborting. So far, she's written about her pregnancy test, her nausea, gathering information about what to do next and considering a surgical vs. medication abortion.
As a counselor, this is the kind of site that keeps me honest. I like to think our clinic is a pretty welcoming place but what kind of first impression does it really make? How do we balance patients' emotional needs and personal comfort with our medical obligations and protocols? How do we keep patients (and ourselves) safe while not looking like a military bunker? How do I provide the "mandatory" counseling while still affirming that the idea of mandatory counseling is pretty condescending? I really appreciate that she's taken on this project and wish her well.
PS-Just a warning, there is no commenting on her site and I'm going to turn comments off on ours for this post if they get cruel or unproductive. Not sure if your comments fit this criteria? Consider the following guidelines Lifehacker or Jezebel have outlined for their own sites.
PPS-There is, of course, always a chance that the site is not authentic. This would not be the first time that there was something disingenuous said about abortion on the web. That said, I do hope anyone going through an abortion is surrounded by people who'll love and care for them. I guess we'll have to follow along on the journey...