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What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound, or sonogram, is a simple diagnostic test performed after a positive pregnancy test. The ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of the inside of your uterus. This will help determine how far along you are in your pregnancy. A limited obstetrical ultrasound is available as early as six weeks* and is performed by a professionally trained sonographer.

*http://www.advancedwomensimaging.com.au/first-trimester-dating-ultrasound

 

Why do I need an ultrasound?

A Limited Ultrasound (6-14 weeks) can determine some necessary information about your pregnancy. It can tell if you have a viable pregnancy, you can hear the baby’s heartbeat and tell you the gestation period. The average length of human gestation is 280 days, or 40 weeks, from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period. The medical term for the due date is estimated date of confinement (EDC). However, only about four per cent of women actually give birth on their EDC.

 

How much is an ultrasound?

All ultrasounds performed at New Direction Women’s Center in North Adams are completely free of charge and confidential. We will try our best to honor all requests for ultrasounds.

 

If you are interested in an ultrasound, please contact us!

 

*If you have already had an ultrasound, or have experienced any bleeding or cramping, ultrasounds may not be available to you. Our limited obstetrical ultrasounds do not determine the sex of the baby.