For Healthcare Professionals

Minors

In Maine, as in most states, there are certain health service areas—such as reproductive health care, substance abuse treatment, and mental health—in which minors can obtain confidential care without parental consent.

At Maine Family Planning, we encourage young people to involve their parents in health care decisions whenever possible—and most young people do involve at least one parent when making a decision about an unintended pregnancy. By providing their love and support, parents can play a crucial role for a teen who may be in crisis.

Healthcare providers can facilitate communication by discussing confidentiality with their young patients and encouraging them to involve a parent if possible. The resources below are particularly valuable for providers, teens, and parents.

Minors’ Rights to Confidential Health Care in Maine: A Practitioner’s Resource (PDF)
“Mom, Dad, I’m Pregnant”

Training & Education

At Maine Family Planning our abortion care practice has a dual mission. In addition to striving to provide the best possible care for Maine women, we offer the only independent abortion training program in the state, providing opportunities for residents and medical students to gain a greater understanding of abortion care. In addition, we train to competency physicians who wish to incorporate abortion care into their own practice.

We are committed to outreach in the wider health care setting as well, and provide in-service education to hospitals and affiliated practices, private practices, and family planning centers statewide. Providers and staff at these sessions greatly appreciate increasing their knowledge about a medical procedure which 1 in 3 women will have in her lifetime. Our aim is to help create a climate where women feel comfortable discussing any medical issue with their healthcare provider.

For more information or to schedule a presentation, call 207-626-3243.

Links

CDC Guidelines: The Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

WHO Guidelines: Medical Eligibility for Initiating Contraception: Absolute and Relative Contraindications

The Reproductive Health Access Project offers a wide range of excellent resource materials for clinicians and printer-friendly patient handouts.

Physicians for Reproductive Health is a national network of pro-choice physicians advocating for the best possible care for patients.

National Abortion Federation (NAF) offers quality training and services to providers and unbiased information and referral services to women.

Medical Students for Choice is the nationwide group for medical students and residents working to make reproductive health education a standard part of medical training.

Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health worldwide through research, policy analysis and public education.