My pregnancy test is positive. Now what?
With a positive pregnancy test, you can have a confidential, non-medical ultrasound on site at Lifeline Family Center to see if the pregnancy is viable free of charge.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a simple, painless, non-invasive screening which allows you to see a picture of the embryo and identify if the embryo is implanted in the uterus. Our trained staff will use a flat wand over the surface of your stomach. The picture will come up on a screen. You do not have to change clothes or wear a medical gown. Do not wear a skirt.
It will be helpful to know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period.
How far along am I?
How far along you are in your pregnancy is normally determined by the first day of your last menstrual cycle (lmp).
How far along do I have to be to take an ultrasound?
Typically, five weeks. But we can often see a pregnancy as early as your positive pregnancy test. Most doctor’s offices and medical clinics, including Planned Parenthood, require you to be eight to ten weeks along before scheduling your first appointment and verifying your pregnancy.
How can I get a free ultrasound?
First Step: Call to schedule your free and confidential appointment. We have English and Spanish counselors. (239) 772-4673
Second Step: Drink 32 ounces (4 – eight ounces cups) of water 2 hours before your appointment. You can urinate before your appointment. You must drink fluid because a full bladder pushes the uterus up so it can be seen during the ultrasound.
Third Step: Check in at the Front Desk. You will not have to wait in a crowded, waiting room. Lifeline Family Center staff will begin your private appointment on time.
What to Expect: You will be greeted by our trained staff and escorted into the ultrasound room. You will not be alone. Two Lifeline Family Center staff will be present.
I am under 18. Do I need my parents’ permission to schedule an appointment and have an ultrasound?
Do I have to fill out any financial information have an ultrasound?
What paperwork do I have to fill out to have an ultrasound?
You will have to sign a release acknowledging you freely consent to having an ultrasound, as well as give your full legal name, the first date of your last menstrual period (lmp), and any known medical history.
Lifeline Family Center Counselors can help you understand your options, offer support, and speak with you about any concerns you may have about being pregnant.
Lifeline Family Center can also refer you an obstetrician gynecologist (OB-GYN). OBGYNs are doctors who specialize in female health and prenatal care.