Women and girls whose menstrual periods are one or more weeks late are advised to have a pregnancy test. These tests are free at primary health clinics and other health facilities. However, they are not always available. Pregnancy testing kits can be bought at a pharmacy.
The nurse will ask for a urine sample, which will be tested.
Once pregnancy has been confirmed there are several options. If the client wants to keep the pregnancy, she will be referred to health facilities called Midwife Obstetric Units (MOUs). These are birthing units run by midwives in the community for primary health care patients. If the mother does not want her pregnancy, she is entitled to ask about other options including Termination of Pregnancy.
If you are a first-time visitor to a health facility, you will be asked to fill out a form and a folder will be opened. Bring your ID book, any medication you are taking, and a clinic or hospital card, if previously registered at the facility.
These facility categories:
|Government Body:||(Western Cape Government)|
Tests are free at state health facilities but check for availability, especially in rural areas.
- Termination of Pregnancy (TOP) (Service)
- Termination of Pregnancy (ToP): Policy, Guidelines and Protocols (Policies) (File type: pdf; size: 789.08 KB)
- Antenatal (Pre-Birth) Health Services (Service)
- Birth/Labour Services (Service)