Free ultrasound service offers many benefits

The Pregnancy and Family Center offers free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests and STD testing from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday. The van provides limited ultrasound services to encourage women to seek prenatal care, even if they may have complications like a lack of health insurance.

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March 2, 2021 - 9:43 AM

Nurses April Crabtree and Kaylene Mader work in a mobile ultrasound van that visits the Pregnancy and Family Center in Iola every Monday morning. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

On Monday morning, a small group of pregnant Amish women arrived at the Pregnancy and Family Center, 1 S. Jefferson.

They were there on the recommendation of midwife Anna Yoder of Fall River, taking advantage of a free weekly ultrasound service. 

Yoder served as an assistant midwife for about 20 years and has been doing midwifery for about 10 years off and on. She tries to find free or inexpensive resources for expectant Amish mothers, as most do not have health insurance. 

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