Out of many questions you may have, we’ve already answered those that we’re frequently asked. If you’ve any question that we haven’t answered, please contact us.
What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D, & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a proactive, positive bonding experience for the mother, father, and family members with the unborn baby. Realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. A medical, diagnostic ultrasound 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.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 40 years have found that ultrasounds have not been shown to cause any maternal or fetal harm. Routine diagnostic scanning of all pregnancies is now a normal procedure.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
How long does the appointment take?
Depending on the package you choose, the session will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
How far along should I be before I have an ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one ultrasound session, we would recommend having the ultrasound performed 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. Many mothers obtain more than one ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Will I get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere 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.
Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes. In fact, we have seating for extra people. We encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend their elective ultrasound session. This is an exciting time and wonderful experience that should be shared with your family and loved ones.
Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby as early as 16 weeks. We can’t, however, guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session.
Is the ultrasound covered by insurance?
What can I do to improve the images of my ultrasound?
You should be drinking plenty of water beginning at least 7 days before your scheduled appointment. Water can improve the quality of an ultrasound. The day of your ultrasound to get the baby moving we recommend drinking orange juice.
How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. Please refer to our Packages page for more information on available packages.