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How to Support Option Ultrasound
Tens of millions of preborn babies have been lost to abortion, and Focus on the Family® has been laboring diligently for several years to preserve the tiny lives that continue to hang in the balance.
As we investigate ways to encourage mothers-to-be to carry their babies to term, we’ve been extremely encouraged to learn that women who see their babies on ultrasound are far less likely to seek abortions than those without access to such an option. It is becoming increasingly clear that ultrasound services and support through pregnancy medical clinics (PMCs)carry the potential to save a significant number of lives.
For this reason, with the generous support of our donors, Focus on the Family has undertaken the Option Ultrasound Program (OUP). When a PMC has met the training and assessment requirements and been approved for an OUP grant, Focus on the Family provides 80% of the costs of the ultrasound machine or sonography training. Approximate costs for an ultrasound machine average $21,000 - $33,000; training costs $13,000 - $17,000. The PMC pays 20% of the cost. Pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) that have not yet converted to medical clinic status may be eligible for a grant to assist them through the medical conversion process, and this is in addition to the OUP grant.
But OUP is much more than placing an ultrasound machine or providing sonography training – it’s an integrated program of training and consultation offered to PRCs to strengthen organizational infrastructure, raise the level of professionalism, increase effectiveness in operations, financial readiness, and life decisions as they provide medical services to women at-risk for abortion.
Preparation Required for OUP Participation
This training explains elements of the program, equips the board and staff to protect and prepare their clinic for excellence as they operate as a medical clinic, and provides opportunities to network with other centers and OUP representatives. Instruction is provided on:
Delivery and Implementation of OUP
Due to the substantial cost of the program and the expenses related providing professional training to the PMC nursing staff in the use of ultrasounds, Focus on the Family requests a measure of financial accountability from each PMC that receives a machine or training. PMCs report monthly on their client activity and outcomes and Focus on the Family analyzes and reports these statistics for the program as a whole on a monthly basis.
And here are the amazing results we are seeing! Reports from PRCs offering women a combination of counseling and ultrasound results in nearly 60% more stated decisions for life than with counseling alone.
How you can help
Tens of thousands of women will never forget the day they first saw the image of their baby, kicking its feet and waving its arms on the ultrasound monitor. They will recall the day that their heart was changed, with gratitude they can hardly put into words, and they will be forever thankful that they had the opportunity to choose life, all because someone cared enough to give them the option of seeing an ultrasound.
Option Ultrasound is 100% donor-supported and those wishing to help to underwrite this program should designate their gift to DEXSOHL. Thank you for helping Focus on the Family protect women’s health and save the lives of their preborn babies!
All Pregnancy Medical Clinics in the Option Ultrasound Program provide limited obstetrical ultrasound as medically indicated. Clinics are licensed to operate under the supervision of a physician, using only trained sonographers. Focus on the Family does not endorse the use of ultrasound outside of a medical clinic setting and does not endorse the use of ultrasound for non-medical reasons. Patient referrals are made to physicians for follow-up diagnosis and care as needed.
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