Image by UNAMID Photo
26 January 2010 – Shangel Tubaya: Around 3.000 new Internal Displaced People (IDP) came two months ago from 30 different towns (betwen North and South Darfur) to settle down in Shangel Tubaya. Most of them are women and children and their men are fighting in their villages. Women from rival tribes life in the same IDP camp while their husbands are killing to each other. The life conditions are really hard (few water points, no food, no health, houses made with branches and plastic…) and the IDP leaders claim for aid to UN agencies and NGO´s. Picture: UNAMID – Albert Gonzalez Farran
Women’s health is a peculiar thing. While each woman is very unique and has her own ideas of what is and is not right for her body, there is a lot of talk politically and religiously speaking about what a woman should and should not do with her body. While it seems that everyone, everywhere wants to chime in about these things, it is still well within the rights of a woman to have her health be the personalized and dignified health experience that it should be. Luckily, there are women’s health clinics that will provide all of the service, information and education that is needed when making potentially life changing decisions.
When dealing with abortion, women need a health clinic experience that isn’t just about collecting a payment and getting in and out as quickly as possible. Instead, these experiences start with counseling. The most successful women’s health clinics treat the women with respect. They talk to the women about what they are thinking and feeling. Abortion is an emotional decision for most women, so being in a caring environment with someone who knows who they are talking about and what they are doing, can provide the woman with a lot of consolation and information that they are doing the best thing for themselves.
Women can also be educated about the difference between surgical and non surgical abortions. Pregnancies can be terminated in both ways, but there are different reasons and different requirements in terms of timing that need to be considered. While being educated in counseling, the woman can learn about the different methods of termination, so she knows what her options may be, and what each option entails. The level of education and support is important, so that a woman knows exactly what is happening with her body and she’ll also know what her options are and why those options are the best for her particular situation.
Women who receive all of this information in a constructive and supportive setting are more likely to end up making the decision that is right for them. There is no pressure, just straight forward information that allows them to make decisions based not just on emotion or information that they have heard from a friend or family member, so they are able to come to a conclusion that will give them the most peace of mind.
Women’s clinics that can provide this well rounded, respectful and education are out there and will help women from all walks of life. Clinics are there to provide health services to women who need them, and to educate them about their bodies so that they can remain as healthy as possible, and so they can choose to carry children to term, if they want, that will be happy and healthy. An educated women is always a happier, healthier woman, and they are judgment free, allowing a woman to get the information she needs, as well as the services she needs to live the life she has envisioned for herself.