Why should I have my ultrasound done here?
All of our ultrasounds are performed by an ARDMS-registered sonographer. This means that our sonographer has obtained a college degree by completing extensive coursework and clinical experience in the field of ultrasound, and has then passed a national board exam given by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Bottom line: a board certified sonographer will ensure that your ultrasound is a safe experience for both Mom and Baby, and that your images are of the highest quality.
We strictly adhere to a set of clinically acceptable guidelines concerning the safety of ultrasound. Many other 3D/4D ultrasound centers don't do this.
We're so confident in our sonographers' abilities that we offer a money back guarantee on all of our gender determination ultrasounds. If we guess the wrong gender, just bring in Baby's birth certificate and we'll issue you a full refund!
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash, Debit, Mastercard, VISA and Discover cards.
We do not accept checks. Sorry for the inconvenience.
What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses sound waves to create images of what's going on inside the body. An instrument called a transducer is placed on the skin. The transducer emits high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to human ears, and then records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back from whichever internal structures are being visualized. This information is relayed back to a computer screen in real-time to produce the images you see during your scan!
What's the difference in 2D, 3D, and 4D ultrasound?
2D ultrasound is a black and white ultrasound that you are probably used to seeing at your doctor visits.
3D ultrasound adds another dimension to the 2D ultrasound, thereby giving you a better idea of what your baby looks like "in real life."
4D ultrasound adds the dimension of "time," and is, in essence, a "live" 3D ultrasound. During a 4D ultrasound you will see your baby moving in 3D!
Is ultrasound safe?
Ultrasound has been used for over 40 years with no evidence of negative effects. 3D and 4D ultrasounds use the same machines and settings that your doctor uses in a normal 2D ultrasound. Even though there have been no adverse effects proven to result from the proper use of ultrasound, here at Oh Baby! we strictly adhere to a set of clinically-accepted guidelines to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for you and your baby!
The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has issued the following statement regarding the safety of ultrasound: "There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures from diagnostic ultrasound instruments. Although the possibility exists that such biological effects may be identified in the future, current data indicates that the benefits to patients of the prudent use of diagnostic ultrasound outweigh the risks, if any, that may be present."
Do you accept insurance?
No. Our ultrasounds are elective and non-diagnostic procedures.
When can you tell the gender of my baby?
Gender determination by ultrasound is considered 99% accurate if performed by a trained and experienced sonographer. We are able to determine gender at 14 weeks gestation. If Baby is being shy during the ultrasound and we can't see the gender, we will invite you back for a free re-scan. Our sonographer takes gender determination very seriously, and we're so confident in her ability to accurately determine the gender of your baby that we offer a money back guarantee. If we get your gender wrong, and you are at least 14 weeks gestation (as documented by your physician), just bring in baby's birth certificate for a full refund.
Can my family and friends come with me?
Absolutely! We encourage you to bring your family and friends to experience this special event with you! We can comfortably seat up to 6 people in our scanning room, but more people are more than welcome if they don't mind standing.
Why do I have to be under a doctor's care before I make an appointment?
We only offer elective, non-diagnostic services. Therefore, our ultrasounds DO NOT take the place of any prenatal care recieved from your doctor. Our ultrasounds are for entertainment only!
Who will be doing my ultrasound?
Our sonographer will perform your ultrasound. She is licensed through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), which means that she has recieved extensive training in the field of ultrasound and has passed a national board exam to obtain a license. Her knowledge and experience ensures that your ultrasound will be safe for both Mom and Baby and that your images will be of the highest quality. Many 3D/4D ultrasound centers do not employ registered sonographers. You should always ask to make sure the person performing your ultrasound is licensed!
When is the best time for an ultrasound?
That all depends on what you want to see! If you would like to see most or all of Baby at one time, then the earlier you come in the better. We can let you listen to Baby's heartbeat as early as 10 weeks, so from then until around 20 weeks is the best time to see all of baby at once. Don't forget that we can tell you the gender at 14 weeks! Baby's facial features start becoming more apparent between 24-26 weeks, but at this gestation they're still very skinny and can have an almost skeletal appearance. 30-36 weeks is usually the BEST time. Beyond about 37 weeks there is still the possiblity of capturing good images but, due to increased crowding in the uterus and Baby's face sometimes being covered by umbilical cord or placenta, this time frame may not allow for the most desirable views.
Will I always get perfect pictures of my baby?
Not always. We will try our best to capture the highest-quality images possible, but there are many factors that can affect how well we can see Baby:
Baby's position - if Baby is lying with his/her face toward Mom's back, or if the head is too low in Mom's pelvis or too high in Mom's ribs, it may be more difficult to capture good-quality images of Baby's face.
Mom's tissue - the sound waves of ultrasound have to travel through various body tissues to reach Baby. Skin, adipose tissue, and muscle (the uterine wall) must all be penetrated and each layer of tissue weakens the sound waves as they pass through. The thicker or more dense each layer is (which will vary from person to person), the more the image quality will be affected.
Amniotic fluid levels - higher levels of amniotic fluid give Baby more room to move around and allow for less obstructions covering the face (such as umbilical cord and placenta). Fluid levels vary from person to person but as a general rule, more fluid creates a better image!
What should I do to prepare for my appointment?
For about 3 days prior to your appointment date, you should stay very well-hydrated. We recommend drinking at least 1-2 liters of water (not soda) daily. This helps to make your amniotic fluid clear and abundant, and this is what we need to get the best possible pictures of your little one!
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- Monday 10am-5pm
- Thursday 1pm-7pm
- Friday 10am-5pm
- Saturday 10am-2pm
- Other hours may be available by appointment.