Frequently Asked Questions
General Service Questions
How much does Mosaic Health charge for its services?
All of our services, including pregnancy testing and STI/STD screenings, are free of charge. Free ultrasounds, parenting classes and more will become available after your initial appointment with Mosaic Health staff.
How Long Will The Appointment Take?
Allow one hour for the initial appointment.
Is Mosaic Health a Medical Clinic?
Yes, as a limited medical facility, we provide select medical services related to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. We are under the direction of a licensed medical doctor and are able to answer most pregnancy test, ultrasound, STD and general pregnancy questions.
Do I need an appointment Before Coming In?
We encourage appointments to eliminate wait times, but walk-ins are accepted at all of our locations.
Will My parents find out if i visit Mosaic Health?
As a limited medical facility, we have a strict confidentiality policy and adhere to medical confidentiality practices. No matter what service is provided, your results and information are kept private.
Can i bring children with me to my appointment?
Yes, you can bring your children with you during your visit to Mosaic Health. However, you may find that your visit goes more smoothly if someone can watch them during your appointment.
Pregnancy and Pregnancy-Services Related Questions
What type of Pregnancy Test Do You provide and how accurate is it?
We use BFP Early Pregnancy Test Strips that are 99% accurate. Learn more about our free pregnancy testing process on our pregnancy test information page.
When will I get the results of my pregnancy test?
You will receive the results during your pregnancy test appointment.
I already know that I’m pregnant. Why should I have an ultrasound?
Although a positive pregnancy test may be very accurate, up to 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can confirm or determine if you have a viable pregnancy (a pregnancy that is likely to continue to full term) and how far along you are.
I am pregnant without insurance. What do I do?
During your pregnancy test appointment, we can share many resources with you and provide you with a proof of pregnancy form for Medicaid enrollment for the purpose of prenatal care.
How long after sex until a pregnancy test can be accurate?
A pregnancy test is most accurate at least seven days after your missed period. Waiting at least a week allows your body to produce detectable levels of hCG—the pregnancy hormone. Taking a test too early could result in a false negative.
Do you offer abortions?
We do not offer abortions at our pregnancy center. We provide free ultrasounds to confirm your pregnancy. Our client advocates also supply free information on all pregnancy outcome options in a confidential environment, so you can make the right decision for you.
What is the safest type of abortion?
All abortions come with potentially serious side effects. Some of these include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Vaginal bleeding
- Sore breasts
- Nausea and vomiting
Abortion also comes with a number of emotional side effects:
- Suicidal thoughts
Abortion is a serious medical procedure. As with any other procedure, it’s essential to know all possible outcomes, risks, and side effects, so you aren’t caught off guard, and your health isn’t compromised.
What are the risks of the abortion pill?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the following risks are associated with the abortion pill:
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
- Digestive system discomfort
Will Illinois Medicaid help with pregnancy expenses?
Yes. If you qualify for Illinois Medicaid, you will be insured for pregnancy expenses.
Which STD/STIs do you test for?
We provide STD testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
How are the STD checks performed?
A urine specimen will be collected at our office.
How long does it take for the results?
Your confidential results will be available after one week. Our nurse will contact you regarding the results.
Can I have a baby without passing along my STD?
Yes, it is possible. Common STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes can be passed to the baby through the infected birth canal during birth. It’s important to get tested for STDs before giving birth, so you can receive treatment and mitigate risk for the baby.
What is an open adoption?
An open adoption plan allows you to maintain contact with your child after placing him or her with another family. You are in control of the parameters you set, and choose the amount of contact and communication you would like with your child.
What is a closed adoption?
A closed adoption means the birth records will be closed, and you will not have contact or communication with your child or adoptive family after birth. Women who choose this kind of adoption usually do so because they want to close this chapter of their lives, and feel it is for the best.