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Causes: Civil Rights, Health, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Mission The Feminist Women’s Health Center provides accessible, comprehensive gynecological healthcare to all who need it without judgment. As innovative healthcare leaders, we work collaboratively within our community and nationally to promote reproductive health, rights and justice. We advocate for wellness, uncensored health information and fair public policies by educating the larger community and empowering our clients to make their own decisions. Vision We envision a world where all people have unfettered access to nonjudgmental healthcare regardless of age, race, gender identity or class, a world in which our wholeness is honored and informed, individual choices are manifest. Core Values We provide quality healthcare and community education regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic or immigration status; We respect the human dignity of all individuals; We act with compassion and caring; We remain committed to reproductive freedom and justice; We actively include those who experience unique barriers to both education and healthcare access including non-english speakers, youth, GLBTQI*, all racial/ethnic/cultural communities and people with varied capabilities; We provide medically accurate, comprehensive and respectful education; We actively seek collaborations within our community to accomplish shared goals; We recruit and educate young future leaders to continue our advocacy work; We utilize resources in a way that provides the same high quality education and healthcare within our scope of practice to as many clients as possible; and, We provide a work environment for all employees that is affirming, empowering and respectful of them as individuals, while encouraging teamwork.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

I'm a previous customer of feminist center. I'm very disappointed with the services at this time. The Rude and Arrogant receptionist name Toya. She claimed to be a nurse practitioner. I have been quoted so many different prices. Each time I call. I received birth control all I wanted it removed. It has expired I was told $50 then told $100. Every time I call the price change from day to day. I wouldn't have used this type of birth control if it's such a hassle to get them to removed it. I wouldn't advise these services because no one's on the same page at the feminist center. I asked all the right questions but, here I am. I'm appuled to the attitude concerning service and unprofessionalism. I've referred them to so many people. So now I'm very disappointed.

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marketing 03/10/2016

We are very sorry that you did not have a positive experience when calling our Center. We strive to provide professional and compassionate care to all our clients and clearly we missed the mark with you. We have talked to our staff about your experience so that we can improve in the future. We care about your health and wellness and hope you will give us a chance to assist you by calling our Clinic Director, Joline, at our main clinic number at 404.728.7900. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first got the phone call I was so worried! My friend told me that his GF and he had an STD and I wanted to know as quickly as possible that I didn't, since I'd long moved on to a new partner, and it had been over a year since we'd had "relations." I came to the Feminist Center's gynecology clinic since I didn't have health insurance and had heard they might have some sliding fees. I asked what I needed to do to get STD checks. I was seen the same day as I made an appointment. Not having to wait days or weeks to be seen made such a difference for my worry.

Since it had been awhile since I'd been tested I wanted the full testing available and hoped it wouldn't cost too much. I also didn't know very much about trych, the STD my friends had. Since the details included my choice not to be monogamous and we live in the bible belt (my friend, his GF, myself, my partner...) I wanted to be somewhere that I wouldn't feel judged.

The nurse and doctor I saw were tremendously helpful, explaining which tests I didn't so much need (no symptoms) and which ones I should really have- annual w/pap, trych test, HIV test, etc. They helped me to feel more educated about protecting myself (i'm already really careful!) and were totally non-judgmental- I'd even say compassionate.

I really appreciated the quality of care and the environment at Feminist Center. The waiting room and the exam rooms were kinda pretty and really clean, the staff seemed dedicated, caring and knowledgeable, and I was only there for about an hour. Before I even left, I was able to get results for the trych test, since it's done using a microscope. I guess it was within a week or so that I called back to get the rest of the results- a clean bill of health and the clinic got a promise from me that I'd return for future services... and tell my friends about the services offered. (interesting fact: they even have a donor insemination program- amazing!!!)

I hope this place does great in the future, and that our community continues to support clinics that serve such diverse clientele and those (like myself at this time) who don't have the support of insurance or lots of money. Thanks to Feminist Center's lovely staff!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with them as an advocate for several years now. They are a great place, provide many services to women, and also coordinate testimony at the legislature when bills come up that would affect women's health. They do an outstanding job with everything, and ever staff person I meet is very warm, friendly, and considerate.

2 Amber51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love FWHC and volunteering there first and foremost because I support all the work they do for people and am happy to be apart of something as wonderful as what they do, but also because FWHC is some what of a safe and comfortable place for me. It feels like I'm bombarded by so much each day that leaves a feminist feeling absolutely drained and FWHC is where I go to recharge my spirit and energy, connect with really amazing women (I have yet to meet any male feminist allies at FWHC, but I know they are there!) and be in a comfortable, safe, and fun environment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Georgians for a Healthy Future, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and advocacy organization focused on consumer health care issues. Over the past several years, GHF has partnered with FWHC on many initiatives related to consumer health, particularly around women's health. I am consistently impressed by the level of expertise, professionalism and dedication to the cause that all members of FWHC exhibit on a consistent basis. They are a wonderful partner who I wholeheartedly would recommend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering and interning with FWHC not only showed me how important Reproductive Justice and social justice advocacy is, but also the amazing network that exists in Georgia to combat structural inequality. I was so impressed with the way FWHC worked to make volunteers feel like they had an investment in not only FWHC but in the people of Atlanta and Georgia. I was also able to witness the care and compassion they showed for patients and people coming to FWHC for medical services. I wish there were more nonprofs like FWHC around, because their work is truly exceptional.

2 Shelley N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Someone just asked me to write a review and I can't believe that I hadn't already done it! I donate to organizations that create equality for women. I love this organization because it is all about women's equality. They believe and support women who make difficult life decisions, and they do it without judgment. I think that they help create a community in which we will, someday, be safe.

They do so much with a little money, so I always know that my donation will make an impact. I think that one reason they can do so much is that they have about 300 volunteers working for them!

Feminist Women's Health Center builds young women's leadership so that they can fight for their own rights. They do grassroots community health education in Spanish speaking communities so that women and families can make informed reproductive healthcare decisions. They provide sexual and reproductive health care services in their clinic. And, on a personal note, they have taught this old woman (wise crone) about being more inclusive around gender issues. I like that they are so brave.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was blown away by the kindness and respect offered me by every member of the FWHC I encountered. I was very nervous and concerned about a health issue that could have been quite serious. While I ended up with a clean bill of health, I so appreciated how clearly, specifically, and gently they explained each step of the diagnostic and possible treatment processes. I was made to feel at ease despite the stressful situation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, I am so proud of the wonderful work done by FWHC. We offer so many services to such a diverse group of folks and without judgment. FWHC provides much needed services to under-served communities (Transgender persons, latina women, lesbians/single women looking to be inseminated) and advocates for greater access to abortion and birth control for all women. This mix of services and advocacy are vital and much needed in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Thank you, FWHC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization with the most dedicated and passionate staff I have seen of all the non-profits and organizations I have worked with. I volunteered both with their outreach program and as a Clinical Intern and both experiences allowed me to get a behind the scenes look at the effort put in by the staff here to support women's interests and rights and ensure that reproductive health services are provided to all. They truly care about the women they serve and, given the fact that they deal with a lot of unreasonable criticism, deserve a lot of credit for continuing to provide the care they provide.

2 Broekman C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always looked up to the FWHC not just for their role in providing reproductive health care to women in need, but for their activism in the local and national community. Part of my interest in reproductive health came from a long painful struggle with Phase IV Endometriosis. My ordeal began with 12 years in pain undiagnosed, 5 surgeries, hormone blocking medication and a complete hysterectomy at the age of 30. Before I made the major choice to have all my reproductive organs removed, I attended a meeting at the FWHC, talked with one of their Doctors who gave me great advise on what my options were. I felt no judgement and took his advise.

2 GwenD

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Feminist Center changed how I view being a patient at a healthcare clinic. I have never felt as respected, trusted, and honored as I do with the staff, medical professionals, and Doctors at Feminist. Previous doctors & GYNs would question as to why I wanted a 2nd STI panel in a year or a particular test done in a very harsh & judgmental way. This has never happened in my 3 years of being a feminist client! As an extra bonus, they now offer evening hours so I can receive my annual exam after work & not need to take time off.

I also love the fact that their services are so diverse. I have personally only used general well-woman care & birth control, but they also offer services to the Trans* community, help women get pregnant with donor insemination, and even over pregnancy termination. It is wonderful to go to a place that has such a wide range of services that meet the diverse needs of the Atlanta community.

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Client Served

Rating: 2

I want to share my experience and am hoping to help others with their big decisions
In life. I went thru an abortion with a Dr. Middleton.
My experience was horrible. To start, I wasn't allowed to eat
Or drink after midnight. I rode with a friend coming from TN.
My appointment was at 10 am and I arrived around 9. I first was called back for
A finger poke and sat in the back room with about 7
Other ladies. All was silent and though I knew I had to
Go thru with it, I was shaking inside. I was taken back
For my ultrasound (which I code not to view), it consisted
Of a quick 1 second bop to the uterus (no chance she
Could've measured crown to rump ratio) and I told her that I was
Quite scared that I was at 12 weeks and if I was, I couldn't go thru with
The procedure. She quickly replied with a "you're not even
Close to 12 weeks yet (tho I was quite positive I was). I was quickly
Rushed back into the sea of women awaiting their procedure. I will
Note that the patients and a lot of the nurses and assistants were all
Black and I was the only white woman in the clinic on Dec 8th 2012, a day
That has upset my mindset. I sat out in the waiting room for hours! I was finally
Brought back at 630pm and got dressed into my gown, hair net,
Footies etc. I went back for "counseling" (wink wink) where I was very
Afraid at this point. I was starved, thirsty and miserable. I told the counselor
That I wasn't sure I could do this at this point and even after waiting so long,
I'd probably be better off going home. I felt so guilty already. I asked her what my
Babies age was and she replied "it's only 8 wks and 2 days, no bigger than a raspberry".
With that, I took their word for it ( I knew that this age was not accurate with when
The pregnancy occurred and let alone with adding 2 weeks before ovulation. I was
Truly around 12 weeks but I wanted to lie to myself so I would go thru
With the procedure, it was imminent to me. Finally around 730, I was brought to
I kept questioning myself tho and would run to the nurses for comfort. They were very rude
To me and so I said to them "this isn't something I want and I'm truly hurting inside from it all.
The nurse did respond nicely and said "you figure out what you want to do and let me know.
She then went into the other hall and her and another nurse were making fun of me loud enough for
Me to hear! "We don't feel sorry for you white girl", "girl is crazy if she think imma feel sorry for her, she need to grow up and face her choices and results of her actions". I'm not gonna lie, I was furious. I just laid down on the couch and thinking "why are they being so mean?" I sobbed uncontrollably and finally I was taken back to "the room". I was very visibly distraught, and my pulse was at 160 bpm (probably the same As my babies heart beat. They told me to calm down, get on the bed, place my legs in the stirrups (exposing everything to the door of the room as people continually walked in and out. I was mortified). The anesthesiologist was pretty nice. Dr Middleton finally walked in and I was petrified. They started my IV and the dr told me that I would be ok and I'd go to sleep and it would all be over soon. I watched them shoot the anesthesia into the IV and my word while the anesthesia was burn my skin were "I'm a bad person for this".. As the anesthesia pumped in, I lastly said "ouch.. That burns bad" and it was lights out. I woke up quickly from the anesthesia. Was slightly high and jabbering on how good it felt to be high after feeling so afraid. It was short lived. The tears came. I was helped to the bathroom where I wasn't losing any blood. As I walked out w my clothes on, another girl stood up and massive amounts of bright red blood shot down her legs and pooled around her feet. I felt bad for her bc I wasn't losing any blood hardly and she was in pain. I watched other girls get sat down and the nurse would state "everything went well and as expected" then she told them about the antibiotic (doxycycline), helped them to their car and off they went. When I say down, the nurse could see I was hurting in my soul again. She smiled and said that it was funny with the stuff I was rambling on about after the procedure and that they also needed some good laughs from working there and that I did good on making them laugh. This was a different nurse btw, a black woman who was very nice. She immediately handed me my antibiotic and sent me off. She didnt mention that all went as planned but I figured it was bc she got sidetracked with trying to get a smile out of me. Off I went! I slept and cried all the way home. Days passed and the blood came. The blood was massive! I honestly thought I should go to the ER for how much I was losing. Way more than a normal period. A few more days passed and the clots came. They were enormous, about as big as my hand. I was so scared. I have NOT told anyone of me having an abortion. Nobody knew what was up w me, not even my husband whom I had his the fact that I was pregnant and he never found out until things continually got worse. I couldn't stop the blood, no pad was good enough. I spent 3 weeks of losing tons of blood and so I called my regular gyn and scheduled my follow up procedure. Nothing was slowing down. I had taken the antibiotics as prescribed. I was losing major amounts of weight. I'm very petite at 5'5 and generally 115 pounds. I eventually dropped down to a whopping 85 Pds. Was knocking on deaths door (note I didn't drop down that low until a couple months after the procedure due to severe depression. Back to the story, I was sweating enormous amounts and begin feeling as I did when I was in labor with my only child, my 6 year old son. The abortion was a first time experience. I always preached prolife until I was hit with an unwanted pregnancy. Anyways, with the labor pains continuing, I was in Walmart and buying some pamprin for the pain. I rushed home, sat on the toilet bc of the blood and while sitting, my body expelled the fetus approximately 1 month after the procedure. Not to be super graphic but with the way it hit the water, I knew it was something different and tho I wouldn't have wanted to face it, my curiosity got the best of me. That was prob for the best because it was solid and couldn't have been flushed. I immediately recognized the head and arms.. It was as though it had never been detached, still connected to everything. It's belly appeared to be ripped open but otherwise, it was a perfectly little tiny baby. It's hands laid across its face, elbows pointed out. I could see every tiny finger. I got the baby out of the toilet. I did not feel sorry for myself. I felt sorry for what I had done and I thought that if this baby did feel pain, I brought about massive torture to my own little baby. I took photos of it, wrapped it up, and immediately got rid of it. My husband at this point, still didnt know what was happening to me. I was an empty shell. The bleeding continued. I went to my doc, I was truthful with her and told her everything that happened. She did an emergency ultrasound (the next morning) to check for any additional things inside of me. I had spots in my uterus for increased blood flow and she said that my body still considered itself to be pregnant, my HGC was still way too high and I had a serious uterine infection. I went thru a lot of antibiotics. She said that what had happened was I had been given a wrong conception date and the baby was further than noted. The people wanted my money (I paid it all in cash w a money order, didnt get it free thru tenncare) and they wanted the cash. She said that my uterus had been vigorously scraped to try to remove it and it clearly was not removed at all! So w a uterus infection, hospitalization and lots of bleeding (about 3 months worth) a dead baby in the toilet, loss of job due to severe sickness, severe depression diagnosis, rude staff and a doc that I paid to remove a fetus from my uterus (and she didnt remove any it). We got a dead baby, a sad woman, a 6 yr old who needs his mother, a very much scarred and ruined uterus(which I will accept as my punishment). I give this clinic an ABSOLUTE 2 thumbs down. Thank you for the loss of my sanity, reproductive parts, job and life! Thank u folks at Feminist women's center in ATL. Was not my pleasure.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at Feminist Women's Health Center are some of the kindest, most talented people I have ever encountered. To sum up my story in a nutshell, I found myself a year past 40, newly single, and wanting to start a family. My gynecologist recommended I contact FWHC to start my journey for insemination. I contacted Gail Panacci who heads up reproductive services and made an appointment to see her. I wasn't sure what to expect as a single woman wanting to have a baby. Well let me tell you, Gail is the one of the warmest, knowledgeable people I have ever met in my life. She immediately made me feel comfortable as I decided to enter my journey to have a child. From initial health screenings to information on sperm banks, Gail gave me the tools I needed to move forward with this important decision. It took some time for me, personally, to be physically ready to try to conceive. I had to undergo a D&C, went for acupuncture, and charted my cycles for nearly 6 months before I could go through the actual insemination. Gail was there for me at all times. She provided valuable information and much needed emotional support throughout the process. I was able to try two times before, unfortunately, losing my job. Even though I was unsuccessful in getting pregnant, I would recommend Gail and the FWHC to anyone needing services (controversial, unconventional and traditional). If I decide to try to get pregnant again, I will certainly start with FWHC.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to other clinics in Atlanta and can say with all certainty that this one is truly the best. Everyone there is kind and compassionate and will go the extra mile to help you through a difficult time. They offer financial assistance and a sliding scale to clients having a hard time getting the funds together. The building and facility is beautiful. So happy I found a place like this!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am wanting to share my knowledge and experience wiht this organization, most specifically the Fertility Services (Reproductive Medicine Program) @ the Feminist Women's Health Center. The team that helps women & couples desiring a family who need some medical assistance in order to conceive is magnificent. They are supportive of all types of family structures and provide on-going guidance from the very beginning (planning) stages through the completion of treatment. Clients feel included in the process and cared for by passionate staff who work effortlessly to help them achieve their dream of becoming parents.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a tremendous organization staffed by truly dedicated and knowledgeable professionals who are committed to social justice and the health and wellbeing of women. FWHC does the tough work of ensuring that quality care is consistently accessible and is a valued member of the Atlanta community. The education and programming that they provide is invaluable. They are cultivating tomorrow's leaders, and I'm so grateful for what they do.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was working in the field in Atlanta when Feminist Women's Health Center first opened and I have been connected with it in several capacities ever since. I have volunteered as a clinic escort, and pro bono counselor. For ten years I was a staff member and for the last five years I have been an adviser. I was a client and donor through out the years.
The medical care I received has always been on the forefront of medical thought. Feminists have consistently provided services to groups who were turned away by others. Starting with self help menstrual extraction courses open to women before Roe V Wade. Creating the first donor insemination program, thirty year ago, for all women at a time when other programs were only open to married women. They brought the Abortion pill and cervical caps to the US and campaigned to have the morning after pill sold over the counter. Continuing on to one of the first programs for trans that included a full array of services.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

I recently assisted in running the largest annual fundraiser for FWHC. In this capacity I worked with many of the staff, interns, board and volunteers in recruiting supporters and donations for the event. I worked closely with the volunteer chairs & committee to target new & old donors through mailings, emails and other appeals. The event was an awards reception & program honoring both national (Ellie Smeal ) and local feminist notables, and raised over $65,000. In the past I have served as a board member and have also been a donor for many years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited the clinic to receive health services as a part of the trans health initiative. The staff is incredibly warm, welcoming and respectful. Their nursing staff is on top of the medical issues concerning my needs and they too are very nice and respectful.

As a result of my experience I have recommended this clinic to many and now also, voluteer my services to support this program.