A Closer Look

Ultrasounds are free, confidential, and safe. If, after a nurse’s assessment, you’re approved to receive an ultrasound, it will be scheduled as a second appointment.

PRC of Metro Richmond is listed by the Virginia Department of Health as a clinic that provides free ultrasounds.


WHY WOULD I NEED AN ULTRASOUND?

An ultrasound gives you more information about your pregnancy. It can help determine how far along you are and if the pregnancy is growing. This information will be of great help as you consider your options:

  • How far along you are (gestational age)

  • Heartbeat

  • Size of the embryo

  • Number of embryos

  • Evaluating the possibility of a miscarriage or tubal pregnancy (ectopic pregnancy) so you can get the medical treatment you need


Is an Ultrasound safe?

Yes. In fact, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has studied ultrasounds for 40 years and report they are safe.


Who DOES the ultrasound?

Our nurses are specially trained to do ultrasounds and are supervised by our medical director. Your ultrasound report will be reviewed and signed by a doctor.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU:

The PRC only uses ultrasounds to determine your due date and see if your pregnancy is growing. We don’t provide ultrasounds to:

  • Tell you if a negative pregnancy test was correct

  • Tell you if you’re having a boy or a girl

  • Tell you who the father is

  • Rule out fetal abnormalities

    We can refer you to prenatal care providers.


PRC of Metro Richmond: Your center for pregnancy decisions.