FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Facilities can vary greatly in operational procedures as well as training and certification. Make sure the facility you choose has medical oversight and is not just a prenatal photography studio. Most locations perform a standard Limited Medical Fetal Study in which the baby’s heartbeat is verified, the number of babies confirmed, position of baby is determined, and the gender of the baby is verified (when desired).
In your search for the right ultrasound facility, some other things you might want to consider are: What type of packages are offered and what items are included in those plans, the facility’s policy for return visits if you are unable to see your baby’s face (usually due to position), and the policy regarding family members and friends in the viewing room (some facilities are more conducive to guests than others). But most importantly, find a place that makes you feel comfortable and a sonographer you can be at ease with, who understands your specific needs, concerns, and all of the excitement that comes with this wonderful time of your life.
Studies show the bonding experience provided by a 3D/4D ultrasound can help mothers improve their diets, exercise more frequently, and eliminate harmful behaviors such as smoking and drinking. For fathers and siblings, the chance to see the baby and create a pre-birth bond is instrumental in drawing the whole family closer during this time of change.
A 3D ultrasound is performed using the exact same machine as a 2D ultrasound. The difference is a 2D ultrasound visualizes the baby in planes (or layers) in black and white, and a 3D ultrasound looks at the surface of the baby in color. The term 4D simply means the element of motion has been added to a still 3D photo. 4D is also referred to as “3D Live”.
With a 2D ultrasound, the sonographer can view different layers of the baby, from the outer extremities to the internal organs. This technology is used when performing a 20-week diagnostic ultrasound. During a 3D/4D ultrasound, only the outside of the baby can be seen. 2D is displayed in black and white, while 3D/4D is displayed in flesh tone color.
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Babies & Bellies must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone a medical, diagnostic ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues.
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning, exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to sonar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 3D & 4D ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
If you plan on having only one 3D/4D ultrasound, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 24th and 30th week of the pregnancy. If you are a fuller figured woman, we recommend 30-32- week gestation.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!! If you don't normally drink water daily, you should consider doing so beginning at least 5 days before your scheduled appointment. Hydration can significantly improve the clarity of an ultrasound. Expectant mothers that are heavy or full-figured should consider scheduling their 4D ultrasound between 28 and 30 weeks of pregnancy, as the ultrasound tends to be clearer and the results more desirable, but not guaranteed.
Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby's face. If this happens, a repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby will have turned to a favorable position. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our office, or that we can always meet everyone's expectations. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother's body size. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 3D/4D ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones.
Yes, in most cases we can determine the sex of the baby. We can't however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as moms body size, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex.
At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out-of-pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards
2D - 3D - 4D ULTRASOUND
With our state-of-the-art GE Voluson E6 3D/4D ultrasound system, you will witness the activities of your baby inside the womb that are impossible to identify with traditional 2D ultrasound. The GE Voluson E6 Ultrasound System provides live motion technology (4D) allowing you to see your baby yawn, suck, stretch, blink and smile.