I live in the same area as b_light, and have already sent her info privately on my doc, who is ok with doing prenatals even if you're seeing a midwife (which is cool since homebirth midwifery is illegal here, and thus docs don't see it too often).
There are no free standing u/s places here, that I know of. I do know that my midwife is able to send people to that u/s school. b_light, if you're interested, call or e-mail Karen (let me know if you need contact info), and she would probably be willing to write the script for the u/s if she's able to.
I just looked in my midwife's info packet, and it lists Virginia State College (the school you're referring to, I'm sure), and it says to talk to Daphne. Maybe talking to her gets you out of needing a script? I'm not sure. This is a free u/s. Another place to go is Jasper, AL where you can get a 4D u/s for $150. The website is http://www.alabamababy.com
- I don't know much about this place. It's just listed here as a place you can get u/s. My midwife doesn't believe u/s is safe, but she also realizes that some people want one or need one for whatever reason, and she leaves it completely up to the client as to whether one is obtained or not. She lists info in her packet about the safety (or rather unknown safety status) of u/s, so that her clients are informed. She does the same thing with all subjects (eye goop, Vit. K, circ, etc.) - she gives you the information and tells you why she doesn't agree with the item, but says it's up to you to decide. She just helps get you information so you can make an informed decision.
But if you want your insurance covering the u/s and also want to have an OB on hand just in case you need to go to the hospital with any issues (the reason I'm seeing an OB, since I was preterm last time), I highly recommend going to my OB. He's way cool and open minded. He also has pretty new equipment (3D/4D capable), which means the u/s is a little more accurate than some. I've been really happy with my OB. My chiropractor is seeing him also, and she's planning the first waterbirth at Crestwood hospital! She's bringing her own pool, and the OB has agreed to it and the hospital has agreed to it! The OB has never been to a waterbirth.
But my chiro will have my midwife's two assistants (both slinging young babies) as doulas, and they have both attended numerous waterbirths. It will be interesting to see how the OB reacts to the two doulas wearing babies during the labor/birth.