How do I prepare for my appointment?
*Please check in 10 minutes early to complete paperwork. Late arrivals will be rescheduled!
*We require 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule, so please call us at 916-208-0778 or 916-641-3077 if you are unable to keep this appointment. All cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will require payment up front to reschedule.
*Secret gender can be done as long as you let your Tech know before the scan begins.
*Please have something cold & sweet to drink 20-30 minutes before you get to the office to help get the baby moving during the ultrasound. Ice water and a protien snack will work if you are diabetic.
*Soft waisted pants or shorts are recommended. The scan will be across the tummy.
*Avoid a heavy meal in favor of a light snack before the scan, because it may put baby to sleep.
*A full bladder is not required but it is recommended not to use the restroom once you arrive for your visit unless otherwise instructed.
*Please stay well hydrated prior to the scan.
*Up to 5 guests are welcome. Children are welcome as long as there is another adult to keep them seated.
*Insurance does not cover elective ultrasound scans. We accept cash or card, but please no checks!
*Please bring a valid photo I.D.
*Driving directions, hours and packages can be found at thebabyconnection.com
What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D?
2D is the standard ultrasound. This type of ultrasound is recommended for babies that are 20 weeks or younger. 2D is the preferred type of imaging for gender determination since it is most accurate.
3D is the type of ultrasound that allows you to view the surface anatomy of the baby and get a clear image of the baby’s face, hands, feet, etc. It is recommended to do 3D imaging later in pregnancy. (8-9 months)
4D is simply 3D ultrasound captured in real time. (video) This mode of imaging allows you to capture the baby’s movement and activity in 3D. You can see the baby smile, yawn, play with its hands and feet, etc.
What is HDlive (5D)
HDlive (5D) is the latest advance in ultrasound imaging. Like 3D and 4Dlive, you are able to see your baby’s features, but HDlive (5D) produces higher quality images with striking clarity. HDlive (5D) uses a virtual light source and advanced skin rendering techniques to accomplish extraordinarily realistic images.
Is ultrasound safe?
Yes. Ultrasound imaging has been utilized for more than 30 years to evaluate and monitor pregnancies without any evidence of causing harm to the baby or mother. The process of obtaining ultrasound images is non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. Therefore, ultrasound does not have the same risks as x-rays and other types of ionizing radiation. We always encourage our clients to consult their physician regarding any concerns of this nature prior to scheduling with us. It is important that you feel comfortable and adequately informed so you may enjoy your session.
How soon can I find out the gender of my baby?
You can schedule for gender determination as early as 13 weeks. We recommend that you have this session done in 2D since the baby is so small.
When is the best time to schedule the 3D/4D ultrasound?
The best time for 3D/4D ultrasound is generally between 30-34 weeks unless you are pregnant with twins. In the case of twins, 20-24 weeks is the best time. If you are unable to schedule your ultrasound during the desired time frame, there is still possibility for obtaining face shots. Please call to discuss your particular circumstance.
Do I need to schedule an appointment?
Some visits require an appointment but others you may walk in for. Please refer to the price page to see if the package you choose requires an appointment.
How long will my appointment last?
Depending on the package you choose, your appointment will last 20-30 minutes. The actual scanning times last between 10-20 minutes.
What do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?
You will want to make sure you stay well hydrated in the days leading up to your appointment. Do not have a heavy meal within 2-3 hours of your appointment time. On the way to your appointment you may have a small snack to help get baby active. As long as you are not diabetic, cold sweet snacks are best. You do not need a full bladder.
May I bring guests to my office session?
Absolutely! We can accommodate up to 5 guests. Everyone will have a comfortable seat and an excellent view of the baby on our 55″ LED monitor.