Our clinic is located in a discreet office building in the heart of D.C. Your privacy is important to us, and each patient has their own private room. There are no waiting rooms and no lines, so you will likely never see another patient. We firmly believe that access to abortion is a right for all people regardless of the reason behind their decision. We offer a non-judgmental, compassionate, and supportive space for people to receive high quality care.

Our Services

Insertion of Intrauterine Contraceptive Device with Sedation

We offer insertion of Liletta intrauterine contraceptive device under sedation. We combine multiple pain reducing techniques plus light oral or i.v. sedation for patients who want the benefits of a levonorgestrel intrauterine device but who can’t tolerate the insertion without better pain control. Liletta is just like Mirena – same size and same low-dose of hormone – but is approved for 6 years of use, one year longer than Mirena. Most women will experience a decrease of more than 80% in menstrual bleeding and a similar decrease in menstrual cramping. Many women will have no menses at all in a safe manner due to the continuous release of a small dose of levonorgestrel within the uterine cavity.

Diagnosis and Management of Ectopic Pregnancy

We specialize in diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy of all types. Whether the pregnancy is located in the Fallopian tube, cervix, uterine cornua, cesarean scar, or elsewhere in the pelvis, we can accurately diagnose the ectopic pregnancy and develop a minimally invasive management plan. We have successfully treated cesarean scar implantations without surgery. Similarly, we have treated tubal ectopics, cornual ectopics and cervical ectopic pregnancies with ultrasound-guided therapies. We tailor the management plan to the specifics of each patient’s case.

The Abortion Pill

We offer the abortion pill, also commonly known as medication abortion 10 weeks into pregnancy. If you have missed one or two periods, you can end your pregnancy with a medication abortion. This is a safe and effective way to end your pregnancy using a combination of misoprostol and mifepristone to induce a miscarriage in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Learn more about the abortion pill here.

At the clinic, you will meet your Patient Care Guide who will be with you throughout your entire journey in our clinic. The PCG will describe the medication abortion process for you, and help you understand what to expect both during and after you administer the pills. Then, one of our providers will confirm that you are less than 10 weeks into your pregnancy with a short ultrasound. We only rarely need to do a transvaginal ultrasound. Afterwards, we give you the mifepristone pill to take in the clinic and provide you with misoprostol to administer at home, as well as several medications to improve your pain and overall experience. You may then return home and the pregnancy will be passed over a couple of days, accompanied by bleeding and cramping that will likely be heavier than your normal period. A clinic staff member will follow-up over the phone with you a few days after your first appointment to check-in, and you will have access to a 24/7 phone line to reach the providers with any questions or concerns. The medication abortion requires either a follow-up ultrasound or blood test. Both options can confirm the success of the abortion pill and can be done in our office the week following your medication abortion. The blood test gives you the option to go to a location closer to home to have your blood drawn. We will then call you with the results.

First-Trimester Abortion

Many patients choose to end their pregnancy with a short, simple in-clinic procedure, known as a uterine aspiration. This abortion option removes the pregnancy with light suction from a handheld device. The entire appointment typically lasts less than two hours, and the vast majority is spent in the privacy of your own patient room where your partner, family members, or friends may be with you. We use multiple methods to reduce pain, including i.v. sedation at no additional fee.

Learn more about first-trimester in-clinic abortion here.

When you arrive at the clinic, you will meet your Patient Care Guide who will be with you throughout your entire appointment. The PCG will describe the abortion process for you, and help you understand what to expect both during and after your procedure. You will also have as much time as you’d like to speak with our nurses and physicians to make sure all of your questions are answered. After a brief ultrasound, the physician will complete the abortion procedure. You may receive IV sedation medications for this procedure if you would like. Whether you opt for sedation or not, however, we use a combination of other methods to control pain including advanced local numbing techniques to decrease pain and cramping. The procedure, called a uterine aspiration, lasts only a couple of minutes. You may have light bleeding and cramping after the procedure for a couple of days, but you may resume normal activity the day of your procedure and return to your normal routine.
A clinic staff member will follow-up over the phone with you a few days after your first appointment to check-in, and you will have access to a 24/7 phone line to reach the physicians with any questions or concerns.

Abortion from 16-26 weeks

If you are between 16 and 26 weeks along in your pregnancy, we can provide you with abortion care regardless of your medical history, background or fetal indication. We do not require any particular “reason” to be seen here – if you would like to terminate your pregnancy, we support you in that decision.

Learn more about this two-day process

The first day is a pre-procedure appointment. You will meet your Patient Care Guide, a specialist in patient support who will help you understand what to expect both during and after your abortion procedure, and support you through each step in the process. You will then have as much time as you’d like to meet with a nurse and physician. Both will review the procedure process and answer all of your questions. Next, the physician will do a brief ultrasound and administer medications to start the process of opening (dilating) the cervix. If needed, we may need to perform a pelvic exam to place Dilapan to help your cervix open slowly overnight. Dilapan is a sterile synthetic polymer similar to laminaria. You may have light to mild cramping overnight. We will provide you with several pain medications to keep you comfortable and to minimize the cramping.

When you return on the second day, you will receive IV medications to make you feel comfortable and relaxed and to control pain. Once you are comfortable, the physician will complete the abortion procedure, which takes about 15 minutes or less. We use ultrasound guidance for all procedures to ensure that you are safe. Afterwards, you will be able to recover in the privacy and comfort of your own patient room, where your partner, family, or friends can be with you. Typically, the anesthesia medications wear off within two hours and patients may then return home or to their hotel.

This procedure is commonly referred to as a "dilation and evacuation" or "D&E." This procedure typically requires two appointments to give the cervix type to dilate slowly and gently overnight. In some cases, usually after 24 weeks and depending on medical history, we may need to perform the procedure over 3 days, but this is not common. 

Abortion after 26 weeks

If you are farther than 26 weeks into your pregnancy, we can still see you, regardless of your medical history, background, or fetal indications. We do not require any particular “reason” to be seen here – if you would like to terminate your pregnancy, we support you in that decision.

Learn more about this three-day process

The first day is a pre-operative appointment. You will meet your Patient Care Guide, a specialist in patient support who will help you understand what to expect both during and after your abortion procedure, and support you through each step in the process. You will then have as much time as you’d like to meet with a nurse and physician. Both will review the procedure process and answer all of your questions. Next, the physician will do a brief ultrasound and administer medications to help ease the process over the next two days.

When you return on the second day, your provider will perform a brief pelvic exam to place Dilapan to help your cervix open slowly overnight. Dilapan is a sterile synthetic polymer similar to laminaria. We will give you medication beforehand, and we take several additional steps to make sure that you are comfortable through the exam. You may have light to mild cramping overnight. We will provide you with several pain medications to keep you comfortable and to minimize the cramping.

When you return on the third day, you will receive IV medications to make you feel very comfortable and relaxed, and to control pain. Once you are comfortable and your cervix is dilated, the physician will complete the abortion procedure, which takes about 15 minutes or less. While the procedure itself is short, the dilation process can take anywhere from one hour to several hours, which you will spend in your private room with your partner, family, or friends. After the procedure, you will return to recover in the privacy and comfort of your own patient room, where your partner, family, or friends can be with you. Typically, the anesthesia medications wear off within two hours and you may return home or to their hotel.

The procedure is called the DuPont Induction-Evacuation. On the third day, a short induction period is followed by evacuation of the uterus under ultrasound guidance. In some cases, depending on medical history, we may be able to perform the procedure in 2 days, but this is not common. Abortions after 26 weeks are often referred to, inaccurately, as "late-term abortion" which is a corruption of "late trimester" abortion. "Late term abortion" is commonly used in the media but does not refer to a specific procedure.

Our Providers

Matthew Reeves, MD MPH FACOG

 

Dr. Matthew Reeves is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Dr. Reeves attended Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Following his residency, Dr. Reeves completed a Fellowship in Clinical Ultrasound at the UCSF Department of Radiology followed by the Fellowship in Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Pittsburgh

Stacey Leigh Rubin, MD MPH FACOG

 

Dr. Rubin is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Dr. Rubin attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. She then completed a Fellowship in Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at Johns Hopkins University. When not working, Dr. Rubin enjoys competitive horseback riding (show jumping) and spending time with her family.

Jessica Kuperstock, MD MPH FACOG

 

Dr. Kuperstock is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. Dr. Kuperstock attended Stanford University School of Medicine and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She then completed a Fellowship in Family Planning at Brigham and Womens Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

Morgan Nuzzo, CNM

 

Morgan Nuzzo is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM). She received her B.S. in Nursing from New York University, and her Masters in Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Prior to her role as a CNM at the DuPont Clinic, she worked as an RN at Planned Parenthood and other independent reproductive health clinics. Morgan is passionate about expanding the role of all clinicians across the sexual and reproductive healthcare spectrum.

Maritza Arias Basemore, MSA

 

Maritza Arias Basemore has worked in reproductive healthcare for more than two decades. Following her work as a division administrator at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan, Mrs. Basemore moved to Washington, D.C., where she managed the successful family planning practice at Washington Hospital Center. After years of planning, Mrs.Basemore co-founded the DuPont Clinic and continues to lead its team in pioneering patient-centered all-trimester abortion care. Mrs. Basemore is experienced in customer service, medical billing, human resources, and practice development and management. She has connections throughout the private-practice obstetric and family planning communities in Washington, D.C. and is known for her vibrant passion and exceptional patient care.

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Dr. Matthew Reeves
Matthew Reeves, MD, MPH, FACOG, is the Executive Director and founder of the DuPont Clinic.  With the team at the DuPont Clinic, Dr. Reeves has worked to re-envision the patient experience, create a new patient flow without a waiting room, develop new shortened protocols for later abortion, improve pain control techniques, and develop improved gynecologic instruments.

Dr. Reeves maintains hospital privileges at Sibley Memorial Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and Medstar Washington Hospital Center. In addition to his role at DuPont Clinic, Dr. Reeves holds appointments as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Reeves also serves on the board of directors of DKT International, a social marketing organization that provided over 44 million couple-years of contraception in over 25 countries and is now the sole distributor for Ipas aspirators and Sino-Implant II. Dr. Reeves also is a member of the Editorial Board of BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. Previously, Dr. Reeves served as the first Medical Director of the National Abortion Federation. In that role, he was responsible for the NAF Clinical Policy Guidelines and worked to improve the quality of abortion care across North and South America. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Reeves was the Chief Medical Officer of WomenCare Global, where his work focused on expanding use of manual uterine aspiration and introducing mifepristone and levonorgestrel implants to new markets globally. He also served as a Medical Officer at CONRAD at Eastern Virginia Medical School, focusing on early stage development of new contraceptive and HIV-prevention products. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, in 2009, he was on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and an attending physician at Magee-Womens Hospital working in both the Ultrasound and Gynecologic Specialties divisions. Dr. Reeves has conducted research on gynecologic  ultrasound, contraceptive development, early phase clinical trials of HIV-prevention products, cost-effectiveness, and provision of reproductive health services globally. Dr. Reeves has conducted trainings on clinical ultrasound, intrauterine and subdermal contraception, uterine aspiration, and mifepristone in English and in Spanish in North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Reeves attended Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Following his residency, Dr. Reeves completed a Fellowship in Clinical Ultrasound at the UCSF Department of Radiology followed by the Fellowship in Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Reeves has been a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists since 2008 and a Fellow in the Society of Family Planning, also since 2008. He is also an active member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

When not working, Dr. Reeves enjoys swimming, running, biking, and trying to grow orchids. He loves to travel with his family.