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Gestation Calculator

This calculator has been designed to give you an idea of the treatment options available to you*. If you decide to have an abortion with Marie Stopes UK, one of our nurses will give a more approximate gestation date during your appointment by way of a scan.
*Please note that this online calculator will only give you an estimated gestation based on the details you have provided.

Please select the first day of your last menstrual period.

 

 

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Meet Helen, a Clinical Operations Manager

Helen is one of our Clinical Operations Manager who has been working for Marie Stopes UK since July 2014.

Helen, Clinical Operations Manager at Marie Stopes UK

What attracted you to the role?

I have previously worked with women escaping domestic abuse, so when I was offered the opportunity to work for Marie Stopes UK I was initially attracted to the opportunity to help women who are vulnerable and require an advocate during a difficult time in their lives. 

I was then further attracted by the fact that Marie Stopes UK delivers a service to women in the UK which then contributes to the international work that is run by Marie Stopes International meaning for every woman we help in the UK we are also helping a woman somewhere else in the world. There are not many jobs that can provide that, which is very rewarding. 

Where are you from? 

I was born in Germany in a British military hospital. I predominately grew up in the South West of England though in a small countryside village, it was idyllic but my 17 year old self was craving for adventure so a few days after my 18th birthday I set off for a world trip. After getting back I volunteered as a support worker for homeless people. I then moved to London and did an undergraduate degree in Psychology and then did my post graduate in adult nursing. I started my nursing career in Haematology, moved onto community nursing and then Marie Stopes UK. 

Can you describe an average day in the life of a Clinical Operations Manager?

I start my day by waking up at 06.00am; check my work phone to see if there are any urgent issues I need to be aware of, I then get ready and make my way to the centre. I arrive and make sure I walk around the centre ensuring all is well, if not then I will start to troubleshoot. Once things have settled I then get to my desk and log on. I check my emails again and start replying to the emails that require a prompt response.  While I am in the clinic I am the safeguarding and clinical lead, this involves ensuring that any safeguarding or clinical complications that arise are dealt with according to policy and protocol. My clinical team leader will assist with day to day issues which enable me to focus on the other areas that need to be monitored such as audits, risk assessments, training, recruitment, managing the team etc. I will also attend meetings that work to improve the communication of the centre and the centralised teams in Head Office and meet with senior management to discuss business planning and needs. 

What lead you to work for Marie Stopes UK?

Having previously worked with vulnerable women escaping abuse I am very passionate about ensuring women are given the care, support and service that they need and deserve.

I was contacted by a recruitment agency that had seen my CV with this experience and offered me the opportunity to interview for the role of Clinical Team Leader at our South London centre.  This role was a promotion for me.

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I very much enjoy being able to deliver and manage a team that provides a service to women who are able to make a choice without being judged and are actively supported to make an informed decision about their contraceptive and reproductive life.  

What have been your career highlights? 

When I was given the opportunity to go to Tanzania to work on the labour ward and in the community with Maasai tribes.

I saw first-hand the journey a pregnant woman in Tanzania goes through and the limited resources available. Abortion is illegal in Tanzania so women have no choice and sometimes resort to very unsafe abortions.

It reinforced how important it is for the safety and welfare of women to access appropriate abortion services.