Is ultrasound safe?

YES, despite what you may have seen in the media in recent months. Ultrasounds have been used safely for mothers and babies since the 1950s, with no confirmed adverse effects caused by exposure to ultrasound use. Prenatal ultrasound scanning is routine throughout North America. 3D and 4D ultrasound use sound waves of the same type, frequency, and intensity as that for 2D ultrasound.

What makes Let’s Meet Baby unique in the marketplace?

Let’s Meet Baby is committed to providing excellence, compassion, and competence throughout your entertainment ultrasound experience. Safety, professionalism, and quality assurance are paramount. Therefore, physicians and midwives nationwide can appreciate our high standards and consistent protocols when referring patients for an elective 2D, 3D, or 4D prenatal ultrasound.

When families get a chance to see their baby before birth, the negative impacts of the transition to parenthood are minimized, while the benefits are maximized. Benefits include increased relational satisfaction, father bonding, reduced sibling rivalry, and healthier pregnancies in general. Let’s Meet Baby is the ONLY ultrasound service to founded and operated by a clinical counsellor to provide wrap-around care for families of all ages and stages. Followup your 3D experience with Newborn and Family photography! Check us out at www.bonnieayotte.com!

What exactly is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound scan is a non-invasive exam that uses sound waves to create images of internal organs on a computer screen. A licensed diagnostic technician (called a sonographer), or an ultrasound photographer (ultrasound images for photographic purposes), uses a hand-held device to transmit sound waves through your abdomen that echo off your baby. A computer then translates the echo into lights and darks that reveal your baby’s shape, position, and movements. The series of television-monitor images is called a sonogram.
What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound?
A 2D ultrasound image provides a black and white photo that appears more skeletal than modeled. A 3D ultrasound takes 2D pictures (slices) at different depths that are processed by a computer to generate a full 3D image. 4D ultrasounds are a series of 3D images viewed in succession (like a cartoon animation) to give the illusion of movement in real-time as the baby kicks and wiggles.
What type of ultrasound equipment do you use?
Let’s Meet Baby believes that quality ultrasound equipment is critical in providing you the best quality images possible. We use the latest Medison brand, FDA-approved ultrasound equipment which ensures optimal image quality and performance. Medison’s innovation has set the global standard for cutting-edge ultrasound technology and has received praise and recognition all over the world.
What happens during a Let’s Meet Baby ultrasound session?
Your sonographer will begin by positioning you on a comfortable table, then applying a colourless, odourless gel to your abdomen. A sound transducer will be moved back and forth over your abdomen to view your precious, developing baby. Depending on your baby’s position and stage of development, you are able to see a face, hands and fingers, or arms and legs. These images are digitally stored on our equipment, and can be shared via USB drive to your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media accounts as you desire.
How long do the scans take?
Ultrasound session times depend on the package you choose, the position of your baby, and whether or not the baby is camera-shy.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to book an appointment?
Sessions are available by appointment only, and clients are able to book directly with us. Since elective ultrasounds are for keepsake purposes only, we do not require a referral from your doctor.
Does my Let’s Meet Baby scan take the place of the ultrasound my doctor ordered?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Let’s Meet Baby MUST be receiving treatment with a prenatal healthcare provider, AND have already undergone a medical diagnostic ultrasound sufficient to confirm their due date and to screen for fetal anomalies or any other possible pregnancy-related issues. Our ultrasounds are completely elective for keepsake purposes only.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the visit?
To help us acquire the best possible images of your baby, make sure you stay well hydrated during the 2-3 days before your scan. You can try consuming something sweet (juice or chocolate) 30-60 minutes before your appointment to encourage more action. Dress comfortably and be sure we have easy access to your abdomen.
Do I need to have a full bladder?
No. One of the great things about 3D ultrasound is that there is no need for a full bladder… unless you are under 20 weeks. Then please come full and we may let you go if Baby is showing up fine 🙂
When is the best time to have an ultrasound?
Clear and realistic images can be captured throughout your pregnancy. Babies between 20 and 26 weeks generate amazing movements for video and photography. In later weeks we are able to capture more details of the baby’s face. If you plan to have only one 3D ultrasound session, we recommend timing your session between 25 and 28 weeks as babies this age will look very similar to how they will look when they are born. Many women choose to have two or more sessions to see their baby at various stages. If you know you are having twins, we recommend that you attend your session between 21 and 24 weeks. If you are shorter, closer to 5 feet tall, please come earlier rather than later.
Will I get good pictures of my baby’s face and body?
While we make every effort to produce your desired images, we can’t guarantee perfect images at the time of your visit. There are many factors that determine the outcome of your prenatal ultrasound images. The baby’s position, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, the location of the placenta, hands, or cord around the face, and the maternal size can interfere with getting good images of the face.
What can I do to help ensure the best possible prenatal ultrasound at Let’s Meet Baby?
DRINK TONS OF WATER!!! We recommend that you make an effort to continuously hydrate for 3 days prior to your scan. We have found that hydration improves the clarity of your baby’s sonogram significantly.
What factors determine the quality of my baby’s images?

Many factors are involved in obtaining clear images. We use state-of-the-art equipment and highly qualified ARDMS® sonographers to ensure the best entertainment experience possible. However, there are several factors outside of our control that can impact the clarity and quality of your images.

Gestational Development: Every pregnancy is unique. Some babies are best seen at 20 weeks and others at 32, regardless of maternal tissue or other factors.

Fetal Positioning: Some babies come ready for their photo session and seem to pose at every turn. Others will turn their back on us. We’ve seen others cuddle up to the placenta or hide behind their hands. Every family wants to see the baby’s face and we will do everything possible to encourage your baby to cooperate. Experience indicates that straight-on face views are uncommon with 3D and 4D imaging. You are encouraged to relax and enjoy the bonding experience afforded by the sonogram while viewing your unborn baby.

Fetal Activity: To see your unborn baby in motion is a breath-taking experience. A little sweet food or juice before your visit can assist in increasing your baby’s activity (orange juice is always good). On hot days we will provide you with cold water to get baby going. On the other hand, the best still 3D photo images are captured when your baby is still or asleep. As always, your job is to relax and enjoy your baby’s activity while we do our part to capture the best images possible.

Maternal Tissue: The more maternal tissue the sound waves need to travel through, the lower the contrast in the resulting images, which reduces image quality. For this reason, we often achieve a better result for our full-figured expectant mothers later in their pregnancy, typically around 20 weeks for gender determination, and 28 – 32 weeks for 3D and 4D ultrasound.

Can I find out the gender of my baby during my session?

Yes, you can. Gender is determined after 20 weeks and the accuracy, while not always 100%, is higher with 2D ultrasound at 20 weeks and later. The clarity of view depends on the baby’s position, the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, the location of the cord, and (believe it or not) the mother’s body type.

When is the best time to find out the gender of my baby?

Gender determination is done after 20 weeks.

Do I have to find out the gender?

NO. Gender determination is 100% optional. Let us know before we begin, and we will be sure to keep it a secret.

When will I get my pictures and recordings?

You will receive all of your pictures and recordings at the end of your ultrasound session. The video and images will be recorded to a USB drive, if that is the package you chose.

What forms of payment does Let’s Meet Baby take and do you accept insurance?

We gladly accept cash, Visa® and MasterCard® and Debit. We do not accept checks of any kind. At this time, insurance does not cover elective ultrasound scans.

Are twins twice the cost?

Twins are double the fun, double the trouble, but NOT double the cost! However, if you decide you want more time added to your scan, that IS an option. Consult us ahead of time for costs if you are having twins.

Why do some centers offer such inexpensive prices on their prenatal ultrasound packages?

Quality and safety are the top priority. Cheaper is not always better. When researching different elective ultrasound facilities, we recommend that you inquire not only about pricing, but also about the qualifications of sonographers performing your ultrasound scan. Ensure that only top-quality equipment that has been licensed by Health Canada be used. Cheaper packages may signify something that could put you and your baby at risk. At Let’s Meet Baby, we are committed to excellence. You and your baby are more than a dollar figure. It’s your pregnancy, your baby, and you BOTH deserve only the best.

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