How far along should I be for an ultrasound?
If you are doing the Watch Your Baby Grow Program, we can start as early as 8 weeks. For Gender determination, you need to be at least 15 weeks.
We recommend that the best time to view your baby in 4D is between 27 and 32 weeks. Scans done before 25 weeks can provide for fun video recordings. We will provide ultrasounds from 15 weeks to up to 35 weeks gestation. Beyond 35 weeks, we find that babies are either too big or difficulties too often arise. Twins are best between 23-27 weeks.
When can you tell gender and how accurate are you?
All of our technicians are trained in determining gender however; if the baby is not in a position to make a confident determination then you will be invited back for a free scan. Always confirm our determination with your healthcare provider because we are non-diagnostic, however, we do the best we can and we will not tell you a gender if there is reasonable doubt of the accuracy. We usually have no trouble making an accurate gender determination. In the event that your healthcare provider gives you a different gender determination please contact us within 1 week of the different determination to activate our Gender Guarantee.
What is your Gender Guarantee?
Our Gender Guarantee was put in place to assure our clients that we will do our best to accurately determine the gender of their baby. If you come into Sneak-A-Peek with the intention of finding out the gender of your baby and the baby is 15 weeks and 0 days gestational or farther then in the event we cannot determine the gender of your baby for any reason (cord in the way, position of the baby, etc) we invite you back for a free rescan. Your package will then be split up in the way you choose between the two visits. If we give you a gender determination and your health care provider gives you a different determination after our ultrasound we would be happy to invite you back for a free re-scan to confirm gender and clear up any confusion. If this does happen you MUST contact our office within 1 week of your appointment with the healthcare provider so we can get you in quickly to confirm gender. This is not something that happens often but in the rare case that it does we want to ensure our clients are satisfied and confident with the gender determination.
Can I bring my friends and family?
Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend the elective 4D Ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can comfortably accommodate up to 12 people in addition to the mom. More than 12 guests may come with you but this gives you a general idea of the amount of seating in the room. We can work to accommodate others. Our seating is specifically arranged so that everyone in your party will have an excellent view of our large screen 4D images of the baby. Babies and children are also always welcome at our facility.
Will I always get beautiful pictures 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. Other factors, such as the baby facing the placenta or lack of amniotic fluid in front of the baby’s face, may affect the quality of the images.
Fuller-figured mothers with more tissue can result in pictures that may look little fuzzier. Lastly, the amniotic fluid helps to transmit the sound waves so we always recommend coming in well hydrated. You do not need to have a full bladder, but mothers should be drinking the daily recommended amount of water by their physician. 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. Similarly, babies are often going to be putting their hands and feet in their face and may not free up a view of the entire face. Many moms write back to tell us that their babies make the same gestures and put hands and feet in the face after birth just as they did in the womb and it makes them treasure the ultrasound images even more special!