The Hope Women’s Resource Clinic held a ribbon cutting Sunday, March 17, to celebrate its new Esaote 3D/4D ultrasound machine. The nonprofit organization was able to purchase the equipment – which cost more than $50,000, according to Mary Milligan, executive director of the clinic – because of donations received from several religious organizations including the Knights of Columbus Texas State Council, who donated $25,000 to the cause. The national Knights of Columbus organization matched the local Knight’s donation, Milligan said.
“Without the community’s assistance, we wouldn’t be able to operate,” she said. “They make us able to pay bills and save babies. We couldn’t do it without the help that we have.”
The clinic’s previous ultrasound machine, which was several years old, needed new parts that she said were unavailable.
The new Esaote ultrasound equipment is state-of-the-art technology, according to Milligan, and will give mothers a unique, more life-like image of their child.
4D ultrasound, or “real-time 3D ultrasound,” uses ultrasound equipment to acquire and display 3D datasets in real time, as a patient is being scanned.
“One of the most important things you can do is to have an ultrasound,” she said. “For the mother to be able to see that ultrasound is wonderful — to see that it is a baby that has two legs, two arms, a head and a body. The big thing is it’s a woman’s choice … she should be able to choose what she wants to do with her own body, but some do choose to parent, and they’ve got to have help. “
Another useful feature of the new ultrasound is that it will not be confined to one location like the clinic’s previous machine, Milligan said.
“The great thing about this machine is that it is portable and is equal or greater than the regular freestanding machine,” she said. “We wanted one that we could go anywhere in town to any organization and do ultrasounds.”
Milligan said the next step is to get the Hope Clinic’s nurses trained to use the equipment.
“Each machine is different,” she said. “(Esaote) has a person that comes around and teaches a class that will teach them how to use it.”
The clinic hopes to put the machine to use starting in May, Milligan said.
The Hope Women’s Resource Clinic is at 1155 Interstate 10 North in Beaumont. The clinic offers several services including free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, confidential counseling, post-abortion support groups and several educational classes and resources. For more information, call (409) 898-4005.