Ava Health comprises a team of dedicated professionals committed to providing comprehensive support throughout pregnancy. Their approach includes offering support for not only physical well-being but also practical, relational, and spiritual needs.
Recognizing that pregnancy symptoms can vary widely among women of different ages, Ava Health is there to offer guidance and information. Some may experience these symptoms within a week of conception, while others may not encounter them until weeks or even months later. The center provides a list of common pregnancy indicators, which can include a missed period, nausea with or without vomiting, light spotting, increased urination, bloating, fatigue, food or odor aversions, moodiness, and more.
Women who suspect they might be pregnant can reach out to the center for confirmation through a variety of tests. These tests rely on detecting the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the body and offer different options to cater to individual needs and preferences. The clinical urine pregnancy test is similar to a home pregnancy test but urine-based and administered by licensed medical staff.
Alternatively, a licensed medical staff at the center can draw a small blood sample from the individual for a lab test to determine whether or not the hCG levels are above the threshold that indicates the presence of a pregnancy. The benefit of having the test done at the clinic is the confidence in knowing that the results are 99% accurate. However, women with negative pregnancy results who are experiencing similar symptoms get referrals from Ava Health to receive assessments or address medical concerns.
Women with confirmed pregnancies who want to see how far along they are can make a first or second-trimester obstetric ultrasound. Once they come in, clients have the opportunity to have a discussion with a nurse regarding their pregnancy. This initial consultation is followed by the assessment of vital signs and, if necessary, an ultrasound examination.
The ultrasounds are conducted by registered nurses, and the images obtained are reviewed by a medical doctor. This comprehensive approach allows for the diagnosis of an intrauterine pregnancy, determination of the fetus's gestational age and due date, assessment of the heart rate, and identification of the potential presence of multiple fetuses.
In addition to offering support throughout pregnancy, the clinic provides free and confidential STI testing for women.
To ensure privacy, the clinic takes great care to safeguard patients' health and demographic information, as well as nurse and physician notes, while clearly outlining their responsibilities, rights, permissions, and the terms of notice.
Furthermore, the team has authored well-researched articles covering topics such as how to support a friend experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, early signs of pregnancy, and how to communicate the news of pregnancy to parents, among other informative resources.
Visit the center’s website to learn more about Ava Health, or call 503-777-7097 to schedule an appointment. The clinic is at 5117 SE Powell Blvd. #3, Portland, OR, 97206, US.
5117 SE Powell Blvd. #3