If you are making a decision that ultimately affects the rest of your life, you need to have all of the information so that you can make an informed choice. Knowing for sure that you are pregnant is the first place to start.
We offer a free clinical pregnancy test. This test is designed to determine the presence of the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), in urine. The manufacturer states that this test is 97% to 99% accurate 7 - 10 days after conception. However, as with all diagnostic tests, a definitive clinical diagnosis should not be based upon the results of this test alone.
One way to know for sure you are pregnant is to have an ultrasound. We offer a limited obstetrical ultrasound for those who qualify.*
* Our Director and Nurse Manager will determine if you qualify for an ultrasound according to appropriate medical criteria.
The ultrasound can assist in several important areas:
- Determine if there is a uterine pregnancy or a pregnancy outside of the uterus, which can be life threatening.
- Determine how far along the patient is in the pregnancy. (Determine gestational age of the fetus.)
- Look for signs of viability. (A viable pregnancy is one that is capable of developing under normal conditions.)
What is Obstetrical Ultrasound?
In an ultrasound examination, a transducer is pressed against the skin and directs small pulses of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body. As the sound waves bounce off of internal organs, fluids and tissues, the sensitive microphone in the transducer records tiny changes in the sound's pitch and direction. These signature waves are constantly measured and displayed by a computer, which in turn creates a real-time picture on the monitor.
What will I experience during and after the procedure?
Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy.
After you are positioned on the examination table, the sonographer will apply some warm gel on your skin and then place the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over your abdomen until the desired images are captured. After an ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
Is a confirmation of pregnancy available after an ultrasound?
Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) will provide a Confirmation of Pregnancy after the following procedures:
- The patient has had an ultrasound at Pregnancy Care Center
- The ultrasound shows a viable pregnancy.
- PCC's qualified medical professional has read the ultrasound and signed the ultrasound exam report.
(This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.)
If you are pregnant, you have three options:
- Carry the pregnancy to term and parent the baby.
- Carry the pregnancy to term and place the baby for adoption.
- Have an abortion.
PARENTING: Parenting is one of the most rewarding experiences in life and also one of the most challenging. Making the choice to parent a child is not always easy.
You may be asking yourself:
- Can I parent and still achieve my goals?
- How will I find housing and daycare?
- What resources are available in the community to help me?
We can help by providing parenting and pregnancy literature, material services and referrals to parenting classes and other supportive community agencies.
ABORTION: If you are thinking about finding an abortion clinic, it is important to remember that abortion is a medical procedure.
What type will you have? What are the risks?
You may feel that abortion is your only option if:
- Your boyfriend or family is pressuring you to abort.
- You don't feel ready to parent.
- You are embarrassed for anyone to know you are pregnant.
You may be asking yourself:
- Am I really pregnant?
- How far along am I?
- What kind of abortion will I need?
- What are the abortion risks?
We can help by providing you with answers to your questions through our free and confidential pregnancy test and ultrasound program.
ADOPTION: Sometimes adoption is the best option for you and your baby.
You may be thinking:
- I'm too young to be a parent.
- How can I care for a baby ? I can't even care for myself!
- I don't want an abortion, but I don't know much about adoption. Where do I start?
You should know that:
- You have many adoption options.
- You are in control of the process.
- You can still be involved in your child's life.
- There may be financial assistance available to you.
We can help by providing information on all aspects of adoption and referrals to reputable adoption agencies.
Pregnancy Care Center does not perform nor refer for abortion. This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.