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Ultrasound with Planned Parenthood ?

post #1 of 52
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Do you guys think that Planned Parenthood will let me hear a heartbeat and REALLY see my baby, or just try and make it seem like its nothing? Im just curious bc this is where I am going for my first ultrasound but i know that later i will go to another doctor, obivously lol...just concerned on what my experience will be like.
post #2 of 52
I have no idea... But I would love to know how it went!
post #3 of 52
I am confused about what you mean - just try to make it seem like its nothing? How could somebody make an ultrasound seem like it is nothing?
post #4 of 52
If they provide ultrasound services, why wouldn't they let you hear a heartbeat and see the screen?
post #5 of 52
I think they will. A friend of mine interned at PP while working toward her RN and she said that there were so few ladies who came in SERIOUSLY HAPPY (as opposed to apathetic or sad) to be pregnant, that they were a little excited by having those ladies there and were pleased to be treating a happy healthy woman with a happy healthy pregnancy. I hope that's the case for you!

Best wishes on 'meeting' your LO for the 1st time!
-MQ
post #6 of 52
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Originally Posted by zinemama View Post
If they provide ultrasound services, why wouldn't they let you hear a heartbeat and see the screen?
I sort of agree with this... apart from that during emergency ultrasounds my hospital will turn the screen away... but all other ultrasounds they let you watch.
post #7 of 52
I went to PP for STD tests while pregnant and was told they would not examine me or have me as a patient since I wanted the pregnancy. They did some sort of test via a blood draw for the STDs, but talked to me about how I would make the other women seeking services there feel awkward. I only went there because I did not have a provider yet at that time.
post #8 of 52
I didn't know PP did ultrasounds...that's cool to hear.
post #9 of 52
I really think it is giong to depend on the doctor you get. Is there a reason you are going there verses say the health department or another family clinic? I do not know how it is in your state but our health department/WIC office is awesome(as far as community health goes). They will ustra sound you, let hear heartbeat and even give you awesome advice or free prenatal vitamins. And most of the doctors at our health department are so happy to see a women who is happy about her bundle of joy!
post #10 of 52
planned parenthood is there to support a womans right to have a health repoductive life and full set of choices. the offer full prenatal care http://www.plannedparenthood.org/hea...-care-4255.htm if someone goes into a office and is told they make other women uncomfortable, they need to report that, it is not planned parenthood stance at all.

plan parenthood supports a woman's right to choose.... anything
post #11 of 52
I am having an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood next week, but it is because my IUD is out of place, and I want it removed. They did seem kind of surprised by having a patient who wanted to get pregnant though.
post #12 of 52
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planned parenthood is there to support a womans right to have a health repoductive life and full set of choices. the offer full prenatal care http://www.plannedparenthood.org/hea...-care-4255.htm if someone goes into a office and is told they make other women uncomfortable, they need to report that, it is not planned parenthood stance at all.

plan parenthood supports a woman's right to choose.... anything
This exactly.

It disappoints me when people seem to think that Planned Parenthood is only there when a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood offers pre-natal care to women all over this country, especially low income women who have limited options.
post #13 of 52
I had US at PP during DS's pg. It was the cheapest option to get a dating US because I did not know my exact dates. I got to watch the screen, and was a pleasant experience. It was actually WAY better then the US I had in a OB's office years before with DD1. I had never gone to PP for care before this, I wasn't going to pay the hundreds on dollars an OB's office wanted for an US, so I sought out PP. I am debating an IUD right now and if I do decide to get one then I will certainly go there. The only thing I did not like about PP is the scheduling/phone system, because it doesn't go through the local office, (or at least here it doesn't) I got a different answer about when I could schedule an US appointment every single time I called until I finally got someone who could give me the correct info.
post #14 of 52
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Originally Posted by bella99 View Post
This exactly.

It disappoints me when people seem to think that Planned Parenthood is only there when a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood offers pre-natal care to women all over this country, especially low income women who have limited options.
i went to planned parenthood for 7 years for birth control pills and annual exams/paps when i didn't have insurance after college -- those visits were the only health care i received in those years. so, naturally, i called our local office when i found out i was pregnant with dd#1 and was told that they did not offer prenatal care. maybe not every office offers prenatal care, ours certainly doesn't
post #15 of 52
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Originally Posted by fancyoats View Post
i went to planned parenthood for 7 years for birth control pills and annual exams/paps when i didn't have insurance after college -- those visits were the only health care i received in those years. so, naturally, i called our local office when i found out i was pregnant with dd#1 and was told that they did not offer prenatal care. maybe not every office offers prenatal care, ours certainly doesn't
It's probably only certain offices, just like only certain offices offer abortion services. I'd be pretty damn surprised if my local office did prenatal care, back when I went to get BC they had a couple of nurse practitioners come in a couple times a week to do Paps and stuff, no OB staffing or anything.
post #16 of 52
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Originally Posted by M.Q. View Post
I think they will. A friend of mine interned at PP while working toward her RN and she said that there were so few ladies who came in SERIOUSLY HAPPY (as opposed to apathetic or sad) to be pregnant, that they were a little excited by having those ladies there and were pleased to be treating a happy healthy woman with a happy healthy pregnancy. I hope that's the case for you!

Best wishes on 'meeting' your LO for the 1st time!
-MQ
Yes, this.

The nurse was really happy when I told her I planned to keep the baby. Apparently they had just set up someone to do prenatal care there, so she gave me all the info and told me to come back to get care there if needed. They also added pediatric services too, since I had ds there with me. Apparently they do low cost checkups and stuff too.

All pretty recent. When I went to get a pregnancy confirmation with ds (about 2.5 yrs ago) they had neither.

Ami
post #17 of 52
I am a CNM who does pregnancy dating ultrasounds at PP. I am thrilled when a patient wants to see the US and will show the patient all the different parts of the embryo. I give pics to the patient too. You can't hear the heartbeat without a doppler, but you can see it at 6 wks. We love to help ALL women.
post #18 of 52
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Originally Posted by Stevi View Post
...I would love to know how it went!
Me too!
post #19 of 52
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Originally Posted by bella99 View Post
This exactly.

It disappoints me when people seem to think that Planned Parenthood is only there when a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood offers pre-natal care to women all over this country, especially low income women who have limited options.
Not true...I called them and asked about pre-natal care and was told that they do not offer that.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/hea...0330&v=details
post #20 of 52
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Originally Posted by bella99 View Post
This exactly.

It disappoints me when people seem to think that Planned Parenthood is only there when a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood offers pre-natal care to women all over this country, especially low income women who have limited options.


I used PP throughout college and early marriage as a way of PLANNING my fertility. PP doesn't just do abortions, and this is an image I hate seeing applied to them, because I know that they support a woman's right to choose what they want to do with their body and their baby. I just hope that PP will still be around when my DD is old enough to start planning her fertility.
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