Make sure your provider is offering high quality services:
- Quality Family Planning Providers will offer information about birth control, abortion, prenatal care, parenting and adoption without pressure or bias.
- Quality Family Planning Providers will have high standards of care as required in the NYS Family Planning Program and provide the most up to date scientifically-proven reproductive health services available without making you feel pressured.
- Quality Family Planning Providers will be licensed to provide services in NYS and be able to tell you what kind of license they have. Health care providers that are licensed to care for women and deliver family planning services include:
Obstetricians (OB): Doctors who have special training in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.
Licensed Midwives: Professionals who have special training in family planning, prenatal care and childbirth. Licensed midwives can take excellent care of women who have uncomplicated pregnancies. If a problem arises, or you have special needs, a midwife will refer you to an obstetrician.
Family practice doctors: Doctors who have special training in family health care. You may already be seeing a family practice doctor for your care. Some family practice doctors provide family planning services and also take care of women who have uncomplicated pregnancies and can handle many common complications. If you would like to also see this doctor for your pregnancy, ask whether they take care of pregnant women. If a problem arises, or you have special needs, the family practice doctor will refer you to an obstetrician.
Nurse - Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA): Professionals who, at some clinics, may provide some of your routine prenatal care in addition to seeing a doctor or midwife. These health care professionals are trained to provide prenatal care.
The Family Planning Program in New York provides comprehensive, confidential family planning and reproductive health care services to everyone regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.