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?
What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound?
What type of ultrasound equipment do you use?
What happens during a Let’s Meet Baby ultrasound session?
How long do the scans take?
Do I need a doctor’s referral to book an appointment?
Does my Let’s Meet Baby scan take the place of the ultrasound my doctor ordered?
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the visit?
Do I need to have a full bladder?
When is the best time to have an ultrasound?
Will I get good pictures of my baby’s face and body?
What can I do to help ensure the best possible prenatal ultrasound at Let’s Meet Baby?
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.