- Continue building your knowledge base in all aspects of reproductive healthcare —including clinical care, new literature and evidence, patient advocacy, and telemedicine and self-managed medication abortion options.
- Obtain clinical experience during or after professional training. Becoming a provider increases access!
- Consider that equity in provider training includes prioritizing providers of racial, ethnic, and gender diverse backgrounds.
- Utilize additional training and mentorship opportunities (e.g., reproductive rights and justice) to center the desires and autonomy of historically marginalized communities (e.g., BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ) in your practice.
- Build relationships and consult with other reproductive health providers.
- Know when to refer for medical conditions that preclude self-managed, telemedicine, or outpatient care.
- Make arrangements for hospital back up that you may occasionally need.
- Consider personal security precautions as an abortion provider, including digital and online security.
- Understand and apply the tenets of reproductive justice to patient care. Become a leader, advocate, and mentor in the reproductive rights and justice movements.
- Consider the power of storytelling (with patient permission) in advocacy efforts.
- Use established local and national networks to build a collaborative community, find answers to medical and administrative questions, and learn best practices.
- Value your impact as a provider of pregnancy evidence-based and patient-centered options counseling, contraceptive information, and reproductive health services.
- Overcome commonly reported barriers, including lack of authority to implement services, liability coverage, and staff resistance, by building relationships with key stakeholders and involving staff early in the process.
- Be patient and persistent as the process of integrating care may take time.