What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds for expecting mothers. We provide an intimate setting for a mother to experience her baby. If a mother desires she may invite her loved ones to join the session and experience the baby, too. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. 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. We are an elective service. Our services do not replace medical services and advice from your gynecologist, midwife, and/or primary care doctor.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor's office?
Our services DO NOT take place of the ultrasounds given by your primary doctor. Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Hey Baby Ultrasound Boutique must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and may only rely on 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. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound. Our purpose is to allow the mother and loved ones to experience the baby and to give our clients memorabilia to cherish for years to come.
How is this different than the ultrasound performed/ordered by my Doctor?
Many women have a diagnostic ultrasound performed as early as 8 week to 20 weeks. In some cases, your doctor or sonographer may even take some pictures and video of your baby in 3D/4D, but this is a very different experience than an elective ultrasound at our facility. A medical ultrasound is focused on looking for abnormalities and performing diagnostic measurements. While fascinating, we feel this focus detracts from the relaxed environment and interactive bonding experience. We provide a relaxing session in where we allow a mother to spend a healthy amount of time to connecting with her child. In addition, we take our time to capture plenty of great pictures. Also, the best pictures of your baby will be captured later in your pregnancy when the baby is bigger and more developed.
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasound technology has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now a typical occurrence throughout the United States. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. 3D/4D scanning uses the same type and intensity as with conventional 2D scanning.The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image.
For example, women who are categorized as “high risk” have ultrasounds weekly. It’s safe when operated by a trained ultrasound technologist.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services. We don’t accept walk-ins at this time. However, we do offer same day appointments.
How long does the 3D/4D ultrasound take?
We schedule a full hour for all of our 3D/4D ultrasound sessions and the ultrasound session itself will last between 10-60 minutes. The actual scan time will be less than 15 minutes. The second half hour will be used to choose the pictures of your baby you would like to print. Caring for our clients is our top priority, and we want to spend enough time making sure our clients are pleased.
How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D ultrasound?
If you only plan on having one 3D/4D ultrasound, we would recommend scheduling your appointment between the 26th and 34th week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 22 weeks of pregnancy and up until your baby's birth. Many mothers love to document their baby’s growth and the changing of their appearance and choose to have images from their second and third trimester.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
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. The baby has to be in a favorable position. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our clinic, 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 condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.
How can I help get the best possible pictures of my baby?
First, pay attention to when your baby is most active during the day and try to schedule your appointment during that time. Second, pay attention to whether eating and drinking increases your baby's energy levels. This will determine whether you try to eat or not eat right before your ultrasound. Many babies seem to perk up after mommy drinks cold and/or fruity beverages so we recommend being hydrated. Drink water! It is important not to get dehydrated right before your appointment because this may negatively impact your level of amniotic fluid and your pictures. Finally, many times, the best pictures of your baby will be obtained when he or she has turned head downward so if you know that your baby is breech, you may want to postpone your appointment a week or two to increase the chance of your baby turning before your appointment.
Can I bring my family and friends?
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. We can accommodate up to 5 guests seated and many more standing.
Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the gender of the baby. We can't however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine gender. If we are unable to determine this, we will bring you back at no charge to try again.
Is the 3D/4D ultrasound covered by my Medical Insurance?
We do not accept insurance. 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 Discover cards.
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What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 3D/4D ultrasounds?
We use the state of the art GE Voluson S6 Expert to complete all ultrasound examinations. The GE Voluson S6 Expert has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. Please note, many organizations claim to use "state-of-the-art" equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology.
How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone's budget. Click here for packages and pricing.