I've worked w/3 clinics....1 in Canada (did not ever require a saline sono) and 2 in the US, personally, and we have 2 on the West Coast we work w/as far as professionally. For my own screening, the 2 clinics in the US I worked w/had me fly out there for a "marathon day" for all my screening. Both of those clinics DO allow for outside monitoring as well, though more w/the blood work. The 2 clinics I work w/right now that we send our surrogates to will also allow outside monitoring. One of our surrogates was able to use a local RE's office to do a saline sono and all blood work there w/no issues. All of them allow blood work to be done at a LabCorp, local RE's office or local hospital/clinic, though those last 2 don't often get the "STAT" part down.
I can totally understand why that RE's office refused to see her. #1, who in the hell just shows up for something like that WITHOUT an appt?? That's just plain ignorant and asinine right there. And #2, the majority of RE's offices I've either been to, have worked w/professionally or know about, have a "no children" policy. There are 3 not far from me, one that I did my own monitoring w/this last time, and they have a HUGE sign that states quite clearly that children are not allowed in the facility. If you show up w/a child, they will make you reschedule your appt for a time when you can come w/out them. One of our surrogates went to this same place and was really put off by that. I understand the reasoning behind it, and luckily am close enough that I could go sit w/her child until she would have been done. Some clinics, like the one in Canada I worked with, allow children. That RE allows it because he is also an OB to many of his patients and sees them in the same building, so they used to share the same waiting room. (he moved the clinic to a different building and renovated it, so not sure if they still share a waiting room or not)