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Care Net Pregnancy Center of Indian River County

1355 37th ST  Suite 301  (same street as Cleveland Clinic IRC hospital)

Vero Beach, FL 32960

Text 772-453-6168  or Call 772-453-6169 for an appointment

772-569-7939 Office

In addition to a missed period, the most common pregnancy symptoms are:

  • Increased tiredness / fatigue
  • Upset stomach / nausea / vomiting
  • Change in appetite / aversion to certain foods
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Abdominal bloating and cramping
  • Breast tenderness
  • Frequent urination
  • Irregular mood swings

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have missed your period, call 772-453-6169 or text 772-453-6168 to schedule a pregnancy test. Our Center provides free medical grade on-site urine tests.

Yes. Care Net of IRC has licensed medical professionals on staff and also who volunteer, including:

  • Medical Doctor
  • Registered Nurses
  • Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

All of our services are free of charge and confidential.

You do not need insurance. All our services are free of charge and do not require insurance.

Monday – Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday – Sunday: Closed

Pregnancy tests and limited OB ultrasound exams are offered MON-TUE-WED evenings, as well as on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 772-453-6169 or text 772-453-6168 to scheduled an “after hours” appointment.

Yes, your appointment is completely confidential. Your information will only be shared in the event that there is a serious concern for your safety.

You only need to bring a photo ID for your appointment (driver’s license, passport, student ID, etc.). No medical insurance is required.

Our services are free for everyone, without regard to age, race, sexual orientation, income or religious affiliation, regardless of where they live.

You are welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment, although there will come a time due to confidentiality that we will have your guest wait in the lobby. Please feel free to bring a friend, significant other, sibling, family member or parent with you to your free appointment.

We conduct medical grade urine pregnancy testing that detects the presence of hCG, known as human chorionic gonadotropin pregnancy hormone. We do not provide blood beta hCG tests.

If you are not under the care of an OB provider, our center can conduct a free  limited obstetric (OB) ultrasound exam after an on-site positive pregnancy test. This means the ultrasound exam will be limited to imaging your pregnancy to determine the location of the embryo/fetus, its gestational age, the estimated due date, its fetal heart rate and to determine if there is more than one baby.

Care Net IRC provides both transabdominal and transvaginal exams during the first trimester free of charge. We also can perform limited OB transabdominal ultrasound exams if you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester, only if you have yet to start prenatal care with an OB provider.

Call 772-453-6169 or text 772-453-6168 to schedule an appointment.

Yes, abortion currently is legal in the State of Florida up to 15 weeks gestation. If a woman is further along than 15 weeks, conditions must be met for her to be eligible to terminate the pregnancy.

While the State of Florida passed legislation banning abortion after 6 weeks in April 2023, the new law has not taken effect yet. Legislators are awaiting the outcome of a State of Florida Supreme Court case that challenged the change of the abortion in Florida being legal up to 15 weeks from 24 weeks.

Those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy have several options, which include abortion, adoption, or parenting. If you are considering any of these options, please call 772-453-6169 or text 772-453-6168 to schedule an appointment to receive the support and information you need to make an informed decision.

No, we do not perform abortions or make referrals to abortion clinics. However, we can help you by:

  • confirming you are pregnant.
  • determining by ultrasound imaging if the pregnancy is viable and forming inside your uterus.
  • determining if there is only one embryo/fetus.
  • determining how far along you are and your estimated due date.

This is essential because if you are 11 weeks or further, you would not be eligible for abortion pills. Instead you would need to have a surgical procedure.

Also, we take the time to understand your personal situation and all the circumstances you are facing. We’ll  walk you through your pregnancy options and provide emotional support and resources during this painful time.  You don’t have to go through this alone!

All of our services are free and confidential. Text 772-453-6169 or call 772-453-6168 to make an appointment.

Ultrasound technology is able to detect a beating heart as early as 5 weeks 5 days after the first day of your last period, when the embryo is about 3 millimeters in length, which is smaller than the distance across your pinky nail (width-wise).

If you are a minor (17 or younger) in the State of Florida, you would need parental consent (or legal guardian) to have an abortion.

You do not need parental consent (nor legal guardian consent) to come to Care Net IRC. Florida law states that as a pregnant minor, you may consent to having medical services pertaining to your pregnancy with the exception of terminating the pregnancy. Per Florida law, as a pregnant minor, you would need parental consent (or legal guardian consent) to have an abortion.

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy happening in the wrong place. The fertilized egg needs to attach itself in the endometrial lining inside the uterus for the pregnancy to progress and the baby to grow. An ectopic pregnancy means the fertilized egg attached itself some place other than in the uterus.

March of Dimes’ statistics report that 1 in 50 pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube, meaning the fertilized egg attaches to the wall of the fallopian tube and the baby starts growing in the wrong place. This is also called a “tubal pregnancy”. In rare occurrences, an ectopic pregnancy can involve an ovary or some other location inside the body.

The most common symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are sharp pelvic pain (often on one side), pain in the shoulder (often left shoulder tip), vaginal bleeding, and lower abdominal pressure. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you need to go to the Emergency Room right away to be seen by a doctor. Ectopic pregnancies are life-threatening to a woman. 

Only the uterus has the nutrient-rich tissue and environment necessary for the pregnancy to progress. Also it is not possible for doctors to detach the baby from the ectopic location and reattach it inside the uterus. Sadly, an ectopic pregnancy is fatal for the baby. 

Ultrasound technology is used in diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy. By having a limited OB ultrasound at Care Net IRC, we can confirm the pregnancy is happening inside your uterus.

You are not alone. Our center offers confidential, compassionate support designed to help women and men begin a healing process from a past abortion in their lives. We have both one-on-one appointments, as well as group sessions that are offered free of charge. Please contact us to schedule your appointment. All calls and appointments are confidential.

Amazing! I am in complete awe! Made me feel at home and listened to all my questions and concerns. Very understanding. Went above & beyond! Made my mind at ease!” ~ Hannah

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Amazing! I am in complete awe! Made me feel at home and listened to all my questions and concerns. Very understanding. Went above & beyond! Made my mind at ease!

Hannah