Reachout Women’s Center offers limited obstetrical ultrasounds. Our medical staff will measure the baby’s heartbeat, determine the estimated gestational age and provide proof of pregnancy during these appointments. Clients will also receive a printed photo of their baby. All ultrasounds are done under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician.
The following requirements must be met to have an ultrasound performed at
Reachout Women’s Center:
Your period should be at least 2 weeks late.
A nurse verified pregnancy test must be performed at the center prior to ultrasound.
If you have already been seen by your prenatal care doctor or midwife.
Must have a valid government issued photo ID.
Minors: Must have (2) of the following: birth certificate, school ID and/or passport.
Please drink plenty of water before your appointment.
Plan on arriving 20 minutes early to complete paperwork.
Please provide accurate contact information in the event staff needs to contact you.
Appointments may be cancelled if requirements are not met.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, is a procedure that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to create images of a baby in the mother’s uterus.
How can I get a ultrasound?
Clients that have a pregnancy test administered at Reachout Women’s Center are eligible to schedule an ultrasound. Medical history will be discussed between tha client and medical staff prior to the ultrasound being performed. Appointments are required for ultrasounds. At Reachout Women’s Center, we encourage our clients to schedule their ultrasounds after 7.5 weeks of pregnancy, so they can get a better image of their growing baby.
How do I prepare for my ultrasounds?
Be sure to drink plenty of water before your appointment and do not empty your bladder before the procedure. Having a full bladder helps capture better images of the baby during a transabdominal ultrasound. Wear loose fitting clothing for easy exposure of your abdomen.
What can I expect during the ultrasound?
A transabdominal ultrasound is performed by moving a wand, called a transducer, over the mother’s abdomen. This type of ultrasound is performed during later stages of pregnancy.
If the pregnancy is in the early weeks and an image cannot be found with a transabdominal ultrasound, a transvaginal ultrasound will be performed. Medical staff will have the client empty their bladder before the procedure is performed. A different transducer is then inserted into the vagina to find the baby.
The image our clients see of their baby will depend on how far along they are with their pregnancy. The baby’s heartbeat will be measured and the estimated gestational age will be determined at your ultrasound appointment. Clients will go home with pictures of the baby and will be contacted after the appointment with an estimated due date after the physician has read the images.