FAQ

The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our elective 3D/4D and gender determination ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please contact us.

What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?

 

We offer elective 2D, 3D, and 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for the expecting mother, friends, and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3-D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination 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 recommended for screening.

How is this different than the ultrasound performed/ordered by my Doctor?

 

Many women have a diagnostic ultrasound performed at 18-20 weeks. In some cases, your doctor or sonographer may even take some pictures and video of your baby in 3D/4D but this is a very different experience than an elective ultrasound at our facility. A medical ultrasound is focused on looking for abnormalities and performing diagnostic measurements. While fascinating, we feel this focus detracts from the relaxed environment and interactive bonding experience we provide and with the lengthy, unhurried session we schedule you for. In addition, the best pictures of your baby will be captured later in your pregnancy when the baby is bigger and more developed.

Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?

 

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Baby Bloom Ultrasound should already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and may only rely on a medical, diagnostic ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues. The issues that we are evaluating in the elective prenatal ultrasound session include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, the position of the baby, and the placental location. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.

Are Ultrasounds safe for my baby and me?

 

Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby and we use the same frequency and machine as your healthcare provider. Ultrasounds emit sound waves and listen for the return echo, similar to radar. This is how the beautiful image of your baby is generated.

How many people can I bring with me?

 

Our studio is very spacious. Due to the pandemic, we are allowing a maximum of 8 people including yourself and any children.

 

When during my pregnancy should I schedule my appointment?

This depends on how far along you are and what you would like to see. We have a general guideline below:

 

Here is the breakdown:

 

  • 6-13 Weeks- Heartbeat and general shape of your baby

  • 14-19 Weeks+ – Gender can be determined, and you get to see your babies’ entire body!

  • 20-26 Weeks – View your baby and Great time to see both parts of the body and face in one picture. Because baby is more developed you can now see details in both

  • 28-36 Weeks- Your baby is almost ready for their debut! Details, Details, DETAILS. These pictures cannot be skipped.

 

In our opinion every stage is exciting, and the bundle deal is the best to have memories of your baby’s entire journey.

Will I always get a perfect picture of my baby?

 

Please keep in mind there are no "perfect" ultrasound pictures. In almost all cases we can get beautiful pictures of your baby, but results will vary. It all depends on how hydrated you are, how cooperative baby is, and what position baby is in. We do everything we can to capture the best images we can of your baby, but there are factors out of our control. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby's face. If this happens, a repeat scan will usually work because the baby has turned to a favorable position. We make no promises that the images will be similar to images you might have seen elsewhere or even from our studio, 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 but we cannot guarantee this.

How can I pay for my appointment?

 

We accept cash, Baby Bloom Gift Cards, and debit & credit cards. If paying by credit or debit card, for your protection, we may ask for a valid photo ID matching the credit or debit card used. If someone else is paying for your appointment by credit or debit card we would ask only that person for their ID. You can use the same card you placed on file but we will need the actual card (and ID) to charge the card at our Studio.

Do I need an appointment?

 

Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.

We are nice, but we still have cancellation policies:

 

  • The free re-do is only if we can’t see the babies face, not if the babies face isn’t clear. Unfortunately, we have no control over how clear the image is, because the clarity totally depends on the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby.

  • Also, if you miss your free re-do or cancel within 24hours, it’s $60 to book another one so try not to forget your appointment!

  • As we are appointment based and staff accordingly, we will need to collect a $60 deposit to re-book you if you miss an appointment

Will I get my Sneak Peek Results in time?

 

Normally, yes but please keep in mind your sample will be shipped to Sneak Peek’s lab in California and mother nature can occasionally interfere along the journey (snow, storms, fires, etc) and cause a delay. As this is outside of our control, Baby Bloom and Sneak Peek cannot be held responsible if a delay occurs. Therefore, if your results are delayed, we will only refund the “Express” amount of $20 if it was originally added. We will not offer any other refunds for delays.

 

***Please do not plan your gender reveal until you receive your results as a delay can occur and we do not want to disappoint you or your guests***