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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 Robyn, a Marie Stopes Nurse

Robyn joined Marie Stopes UK as registered nurse in July.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Paisley which is just outside Glasgow. I studied adult nursing in University of the West of Scotland.  I moved to London about four and a half years ago and recently just moved to South East London.

What other roles did you have before you joined the team at Marie Stopes UK?

I was a senior social care worker, looking after older people with dementia and special needs when I was studying. When I qualified I unfortunately couldn’t get a job in Scotland so I relocated and my first post was in St Thomas Day Surgery where I specialised as a trauma theatre nurse and then went on to do gynaecology.

What attracted you to nursing?

I became interested in nursing when my gran wasn’t well and the nurses used to come to her at home, as she wanted to die at home.  They made her comfortable which was nice and I thought I’d like to do that.

Why did you get involved with our charity?

I wanted to try a different field of nursing and I saw the Marie Stopes position via an agency.

I’m obviously pro-choice and I knew I wanted to be able to help women and make a difference to their lives.

Before you start working with Marie Stopes UK, you go to clinic where you follow a couple of women through the abortion process, from the consultation, through to theatre, into recovery, then to the ward. I think it's really good that potential nurses are able to see what they will be doing before starting the job.

Can you describe an average day in the life of a registered nurse at Marie Stopes UK?

Every day is so different, I arrive at the clinic very early and make a cup of tea and have breakfast. I check my emails to see if there have been any changes or any issues flagged up to prepare me for the day. I make sure that my consultation room is all stocked up, and then I start seeing clients. Each and every woman has her own story to tell.

I see women all the way through the abortion process. On some days I usually see ten women, they come in, and I go through the initial consultation. We talk about contraception, do STI swabs, go through consent forms. I then give them their first medical abortion tablet, I explain what to expect, and then I usually see the same woman again, and administer the second abortion tablet on a follow up day. If I am in one of our centres, I may work all day in theatre, or on consultations so it's quite varied which I love.

Abortion is so stigmatised, people tend to think that it’s all young girls coming for abortions. It’s not really the case.

All the women I see are so different. Some have just had sex for the first time, and not realised that they have fallen pregnant, others are older professional women for whom contraception has failed, some are going through bereavement, or break-ups. From lawyers to doctors, everyone comes through the door, even women who’ve gone through menopause and think they don’t need contraception as they are already grandmothers.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Every day is really different and I know I'm helping women through a tough situation. I absolutely love nursing, when people ask what I do, I love being able to say that I’m a nurse. I feel very proud, and all of my family is as well.

I’m so proud to say I work for an abortion clinic, being able to help vulnerable women.  I think I can make a difference to women’s lives, when they are going through this.

I took to working at Marie Stopes like a duck to water!

Personally, the gratitude and acknowledgment we get from clients is really fantastic and personal. I’ve been thanked, I’ve had cards, and clients have mentioned my name in their feedback questionnaire, saying things like ‘thanks to Robyn for making it easier’. Today a client told me that “you are totally suited to this job as you’ve made this so much easier”. If the women are scared I’ll hold their hand, I’ll say that they are going to get through this and support them as much as I can. I like supporting women travelling from Ireland, they are glad to be at the clinic, as there are such strong restrictions in Ireland.

I also like the variety you get. There are different stages to an abortion, and you need to work in all areas, from consultation, medical abortion, theatre, recovery and the ward.

When I worked for the NHS, it was very busy. Working at Marie Stopes is fast-paced but it’s not as busy as my previous job, it’s more relaxed and the hours are much better.

And finally because my colleagues are great here, people are good at their jobs and supportive.