The “Cadillac” of ultrasound machines was donated officially to the Pregnancy Resource Center in the 72 Centre at Thursday night’s grand opening.
“It’s an Esaote MyLab 20 Plus,” said Joseph Dalton, executive director of the center. “This is the best, the Cadillac, model.”
Dalton said the ultrasound, donated by the Knights of Columbus, retails for $42,000, but the company worked with the Knights to lower the price to $27,000. The state Knights of Columbus, as well as the local Knights, were involved in the fundraising.
Dalton noted the PRC is in its sixth year, starting out on East 10th Street.
“We’ve always had an ultrasound, but they’re computers,” he said, meaning that after a few years, the equipment needs to be upgraded.
The ultrasound is important in counseling pregnant women who are considering abortion, he said.
“It gives clarity to the situation,” Dalton said. “When they meet the baby on the screen, it clears the vision.”
The center has counseled 1,700 women, Dalton said.
“We help them all the way,” he said. “From pre-natal to parenting.”
Dalton said the center offers 46 one-hour parenting classes, plus other classes, and that’s a big contributing factor to the move from East 10th Street to the 72 Centre.
“We needed the space,” he said.
Dr. Christopher Baldwin is the medical director of the Pregnancy Resource Center.