I want an ultrasound so bad. But, I don't think I can get one. Don't have insurance yet and going to be seeing a midwife that has a home office and no ultrasound equipment... Blah. My first appointment I'll be 11.5 weeks, but I've heard that they won't necessarily be able to hear the baby's heartbeat with doppler, so if we don't hear it that doesn't mean miscarriage necessarily. So, I'll have no reassurance unless I hear a heartbeat. That's annoying. I just want to know if the baby is alive or not. After reading about the possibility of missed miscarriages.
You can rent a doppler as well if you want some reassurances at home. Here's the link: http://www.babybeat.com/
Definitely agree with post above, check around your area and see if there's a woman's clinic that will provide one for you. Best of luck!