This page is part of the Peace Heathens' Seattle Crisis Resource Directory.
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) now provides the "Take Charge" family-planning program for low-income residents. Eligible persons receive pre-pregnancy family planning services (including birth control) to help them plan if or when to have children, and the timing and spacing of pregnancies. The state maintains a
county-by-county list of providers.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
Multiple locations in Seattle; also locations in Kenmore/Northshore, Lynnwood, Bellevue, Bremerton and the Kent Valley. See online listings or call 1-800-230-7526 for locations. Services vary for different locations. If you use the 1-800 number, you will be asked to enter your zip code and will be connected to the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest call center; they in turn will help you find a location and schedule an appointment.
Appointments or walk-in. Birth control (Take Charge provider), pregnancy testing, trained staff to discuss your options if you are pregnant; trained staff to talk with you about early pregnancy loss (miscarriage).
Payment expected at time of service unless other arrangements have been made; sliding scale fees (contact clinic for pricing information); Medicaid, medical coupons accepted. You will not be turned away because of your inability to pay.
Cedar River Clinics
"Well-woman care" including free pregnancy testing, pregnancy options, counseling, all methods of birth control. Abortion care specialists, including abortions up to the end of the second trimester.
All are welcome: teens, LGBTQ, low-income, limited English proficiency, people in the military or from out of state or Canada.
Take Charge, DSHS Medical Assistance (if you live in Washington), Alaska or Montana Medicaid; or cash, credit card, debit card or money order. Payment is due at time of service.
Also operates a similar clinic in Tacoma.
Care Net Pregnancy and Family Services
Free and confidential services including pregnancy tests, information, limited first trimester ultrasound, alternatives to abortion, perinatal hospice support.
Note:Care Net is what is known as a "crisis pregnancy center." Crisis pregnancy centers are Pro-Life
organizations and typcally provide only very limited medical services. Clients have informed us that if you intend to
bear a child, they can be helpful in quite a few ways. However, if you are contemplating abortion, their goal will
simply be to talk you out of that and their advice will be entirely one-sided.
Birthright of Seattle
As with Care Net, immediately above, this is a "crisis pregnancy center." Similar comments apply.
Emergency contraception (the "morning after pill") can prevent pregnancy when take up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex, although effectiveness declines steadily over that time. It is typically 80-90% effective when taken within 72 hours (three days). See Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception) on Planned Parenthood's site for further information.
There are several forms of morning-after pill. Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice, and Levonorgestrel Tablets are approved for sale without prescription to women and men 17 and older. Women aged 16 and younger need a prescription. Not all pharmacies carry all EC products and because of the age restrictions, emergency contraceptive pills are only sold behind the counter in licensed pharmacies, when a pharmacist is on duty.
ella is sold by prescription only, regardless of age.
You can order ella through an online prescription service with online medical consultation
($40 including shipping as of March 2013).
Swedish Medical Center Addiction
Recovery Treatment for Pregnant or Postpartum Women
No insurance is necessary if the patient is pregnant. Medicaid accepted.
Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS)
Provides referrals of birth assistants (also known as "doulas"), who accompany the mother during the birth, help in dealing with labor pains,
and advocate for the mother's birth wishes.
Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS)
Referrals to midwives who do home births and birth-center births. Resources and information for expectant mothers.
Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Food (WIC)
Nutritional education and food vouchers for pregnant or breast-feeding
low-income women & families who have children under the age of 5. Available through
numerous locations including
all Public Health clinics.
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