Potomac Family Planning Center is committed to providing private, safe, affordable abortion and GYN services. We have three offices located in Maryland: Rockville, Catonsville (formerly Hillcrest Clinic), and Hagerstown.
Our team of physicians, including anesthetists, have more than 50 years of experience in abortion care.
Our job is to provide compassionate care safely, affordably and confidentially. That is why we have won the TRUST of generations of women.
We're Open 5 Days a Week
We offer appointments most days of the week for your convenience. We take appointments by phone (301-251-9124, Rockville OR (410) 788-4400, Catonsville ) or you can request one online.
Monday to Friday : 9am – 5pm
Saturday : 9am – 2pm (Rockville and Catonsville locations)
The information asked online is no different than what you would be asked over the telephone. Your information will be transmitted by secured, encrypted e-mail. Though we make every effort to keep your information secure, it is still possible that the information you provide could be captured by individuals who are engaged in illegal internet observance. By providing and submitting your confidential information, you accept the risk of sending this information by e-mail to Potomac Family Planning Center(“PFPC”) personnel. When submitting by e-mail, you also agree not to hold Potomac Family Planning, it's subsidiaries, including its employees or agents, liable for any damages you may incur as a result of the transfer or use of this information.
Programs designed to assist patients with no insurance or other means to pay for their care with supplemental financial support. You have no obligation to repay any grants made for you.
Assistance programs are phone-operated and you must call directly to the service.
These programs have our information and will send your pledge directly to us.
You may receive support from more than one funding program.
Other funding programs exist and your case manager may refer you to additional funding services which are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Call us (301-251-9124, Rockville OR 410-788-4400, Catonsville) in advance if you are receiving other funding so we can ensure it is accepted.
Schedule an appointment before calling the funding assistance programs.
In addition to abortion care, we offer gyn services and birth control services.
The team of physicians at Potomac Family Planning Center have been committed to providing private, affordable GYN Services in Maryland for over 25 years.
Gynecological (GYN Services)
- Pregnancy Testing (early urine test, early blood test)
- Ultrasound to determine length of pregnancy
- Options Counseling – If you’re pregnant and uncertain about your plans for your pregnancy, we will discuss all of your options.
- Comprehensive Routine Gynecological Care (medical history, pelvic and breast examinations, Pap Smears)
- Screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Birth Control Options
- Birth Control Pill Prescriptions
- Birth Control Shot every 3 months
- Nuva Ring
- IUD (not available at all locations)
- Xulane (the patch)
- Diaphragm fittings
- Morning After Pill
Birth Control Counseling
Birth Control Counseling & Services – We will help you find the method that is right for you!
Not all of the gynecological services listed are available at every location, be sure to call the center nearest to you to confirm.
We accept MD Medicaid and most private insurances with prior verification.
Click here to see if we are providers with your insurance.
To use your private insurance provide the insurance information 24-48 hours prior to your appointment. You may call our office before your appointment to see what is covered.
You will need to bring a photo ID and your health insurance card to your appointment. Any other payments can be made by cash or credit card.
We are providers of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Carefirst, and Maryland Medicaid.
Federal Insurance plans, DC and VA Medicaid DO NOT pay for abortion services.
We are NOT providers of Allegiance, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Keepers, Highmark, and United Healthcare.
We accept most pre-verified insurances to cover abortion services in all of our facilities. All of our facilities accept MD Medicaid. If your insurance is through an employee of the federal government it will not cover abortion services. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover the procedure, we do work with local funding programs.
Insurance Verification Form: Patients may fill out their insurance information for prior verification. Insurance information must be received more than 24 hours before a scheduled appointment to be verified by the appointment time.
Beware of fake clinics!
Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) advertise themselves as medical clinics, although they are not licensed. They are run by anti-choice organizations. The purpose of CPCs is to prevent pregnant individuals from seeking abortion services at legitimate family planning centers.
Staff at CPCs are often pushy. Individuals seeking abortion care will not be able to get information over the phone, but they will be made to make an in-person appointment. CPCs give biased information about pregnancy. Offering free services, like a sonogram or pregnancy test, is a common tactic of CPCs.
Read more about CPCs here:
What our patients are saying
I walked out of another clinic and I am glad I did. I felt your facility was organized, comforting and safe. Abortion is a hard decision and you guys made it easier.
I was really impressed and comforted, starting with the friendly receptionist and throughout my entire appointment. The whole staff was helpful and understanding. I would highly recommend Potomac Family Planning Center to my friends.”
Everyone was so kind. It was the worst day of my life but everyone made it the best it could be.
In going through a traumatic experience (fetal abnormality) the staff made me feel as comfortable as possible. Everyone was polite, friendly and understanding and professional.
I am a PhD faculty member who teaches women’s health courses. My entire experience at your clinic was awe-inspiring. Clearly you are committed to your jobs and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing such excellent health care. Your work, time and courage is so very much appreciated.
So grateful for such caring and non-judgmental people at this clinic. I would definitely recommend this facility with very high praise.
Words cannot express how comforting and caring everyone was.
Very clean, nice environment.
I appreciated a same day appointment. Everywhere else I called couldn’t schedule me for at least a week.
I just really want to say how much I appreciate all the staff that were there. From the ladies who check you in to the anesthesiologist, doctor, and everyone else. I was so incredibly nervous and everyone was so helpful to provide me an environment where it felt safe and comfortable. It even made me emotional on how friendly and supportive everyone here was. Thank you so much again.
Is having an abortion safe?
Yes. Even minor complications are very rare, and our doctors are gynecologists who have decades of experience specializing in abortion care.
Can I get pregnant again after having an abortion?
You could become pregnant again right away. Abortion generally does not affect fertility. You should consider the day of the abortion as the first day of your period—ovulation normally occurs about 14 days later.
How do I know which anesthesia to choose?
General anesthesia is the best choice if you do not want to feel, hear, or remember anything during the procedure. The procedure lasts a few minutes.
Alternatively, Local anesthesia involves administering lidocaine into the cervix. This offers some numbing to the immediate area. You will be fully conscious during the procedure. You can drive yourself.
Finally, “twilight sleep” induces a light sedation via intravenous (IV) medication. The sedative will help you to relax during your procedure. However, you will be partially conscious and may feel discomfort.
Please note that twilight sleep and general anesthesia are available only in the Rockville and Baltimore offices.
Do I need a referral? Or do I need to see my doctor to confirm the pregnancy?
No. We will perform all the required tests and gather all the necessary information during your visit.
How do I know whether to choose an in-clinic abortion or abortion by pill?
This is a personal decision. The pill must be done early in pregnancy—up to 10 weeks (70 days) from the first day of your last period. The pill option is more involved than an in-clinic procedure, and will require a follow-up visit. By contrast, an in-clinic abortion is more efficient than a pill. Everything is usually completed in one visit, while follow-up visits are optional.
Does it hurt?
If under local anesthesia, you should expect moderate to strong cramping—similar to a bad period—during and immediately after the abortion. Twilight sleep relaxes you, but you may still feel cramping during the procedure. General anesthesia will ensure that you are fully asleep during the abortion; you will feel only some light cramping when you awaken. Twilight sleep and general anesthesia are available only in the Rockville and Baltimore facilities.
If you choose an abortion by pill, you should expect moderate to strong cramping after taking the medication at home.
How private and confidential is my visit?
Your appointment and all information about your health history and visit will be protected and kept completely confidential. We will not confirm your appointment by phone or email, other than to respond directly to an initial scheduling request. We will not release any information concerning you or your appointment without your permission. For ultimate privacy, you may also choose our Private VIP appointment option.
When can I go back to work?
Most people return to their usual activities the next day.