Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions Answered About 3D Ultrasound and 4D Ultrasound
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our elective prenatal ultrasound packages. We cover the information you will need to know about 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, and what to expect when you arrive at our imaging center. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please send us an e-mail.
Q: What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father 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 must 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.
Q: Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound MUST be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone 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.
Q: Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?
Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used as with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 4D ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
Q: What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 3D/4D ultrasounds?
We use the state of the art GE Voluson i compact ultrasound system to complete all ultrasound examinations. The GE Voluson i has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. This machine is the best 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound machine available.
Please note, many organizations claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology. Only the GE equipment generates 3D images with amazing clarity and gives you the same clarity with 4D imagery of your baby in motion. Our sonogram equipment allows you to see your baby in live motion video unlike any other on the market today.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
Q: Am I required to bring anything with me to my 3D/4D appointment?
YES! We need to verify that you are under prenatal care with this pregnancy. There are two ways this can be accomplished. Please choose one of the following options:
- OPTION 1: Please bring a black and white thermal ultrasound picture to your Sweet Baby O’ Mine appointment, with your name on it, so that we may take a photocopy of it. Please note that the ultrasound picture should be from and/or ordered from your OBGYN or Midwife.
- OPTION 2: Click or copy the link listed below to open the Doctor’s verification form. Once you have it, print it out and take it with you to your next Dr. appointment / Midwife appointment. CLICK HERE
** Please Note ~ You MUST bring either a prior ultrasound picture OR…. the Doctor’s verification form with you to your 3D/4D ultrasound appointment. We cannot perform a 3D/4D ultrasound without it.
Q: How should I prepare for my 3D/4D experience?
STAY HYDRATED by drinking WATER. Ultrasound works best when the sound waves have fluid/water to travel through. A well hydrated system of the mom-to-be will help to optimize the image of your little Sweet Pea.
** Please Note ~ 5 days prior to your 3D/4D experience it is helpful to stay away from drinking caffeinated beverages.**
Q: I know you recommend staying hydrated by drinking water. How much water should I drink before my 3D/4D experience?
5 days prior to your 3D/4D experience it is recommended that you aim to drink about 64 fluid ounces (8-ounce glasses) of water per day. Ultrasound works best when the sound waves have fluid/water to travel through. A well hydrated system of the mom-to-be will help to optimize the image of your little Sweet Pea.
Q: My friends/family have told me to eat candy or drink a soda pop before my appointment. Is this something I should do?
NO! We suggest that you bring a fruit juice ((i.e. – orange, apple, grape or berry)) with you to your 3D/4D experience. However, we ask that you do NOT drink it. It is ideal to see what your little Sweet Pea is doing first before you drink your fruit juice. Many times little Sweet Peas are doing the right amount of movement and Mommy-to-be doesn’t have to drink any fruit juice during her visit.
Q: When should I arrive to the Sweet Baby O’ Mine Studio?
The Mom-to-be should arrive 25 minutes prior to the scheduled 3D/4D appointment. Family and friends should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled 3D/4D appointment. Early arrival enhances everyones experience.
CLICK HERE for detailed directions to our facility.
** Please Note ~ Due to the volume of clients we cannot always accommodate late arrivals so PLEASE arrive 25 minutes early!
** Snowbird Season ~ During Florida’s Tourist Season please leave your home extra extra extra early as traffic can be quite challenging.
Q: What should I wear when I come to Sweet Baby O’ Mine for my ultrasound?
We suggest that you wear shorts, capri pants, jeans or slacks. Please avoid wearing dresses as the ultrasound is performed on top of your tummy.
Q: How long does the 3D/4D ultrasound take?
Regardless of the package you choose please plan on spending about one full hour here at the Studio.
** Please Note ~ Ultrasounds at the Sweet Baby O’ Mine Studio will not exceed thirty minutes.
Q: How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 3D/4D ultrasound experience, we would recommend scheduling between the 24th and 34th week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained anytime after about 22 weeks of pregnancy. Many mothers obtain more than one 3D/4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters. You can come in as early as 14 weeks for gender determination.
** Twins / Multiples ~ If you plan on having only one 3D/4D ultrasound experience, we would recommend scheduling between the 24th and 28th week of the pregnancy.
Q: Will I always get a beautiful image of my baby?
Usually, but not always – sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, ((i.e. directly towards Mommy’s spine for the 3D/4D experience)) it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens, a complimentary repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby has turned to a favorable position. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those 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.
** Remember to ~ STAY WELL HYDRATED by drinking WATER. Ultrasound works best when the sound waves have fluid/water to travel through. A well hydrated system of the mom-to-be will help to optimize the image of your little Sweet Pea. Aim to drink about 64 fluid ounces (8-ounce glasses) of water per day for 5 days prior to your 3D/4D experience. (Water = Better Pictures!)
Q: Will I have to pay if I am not satisfied with the results?
Our best customer is a happy one! We get more business from word of mouth then anything else. In the rare event the baby is in a position that does not allow for satisfactory pictures we’ll make arrangements, usually within seven days, to have you try again.
Q: Can I bring my family and friends?
Absolutely, this is an event for your family and friends to enjoy with you. The more the merrier!!! Your guests view this special experience on two 42” ﬂat screen televisions in our comfortable, living room setting.
** Please Note ~ We have had up to 37 guests inside our cozy imaging room **
For those family members and friends who are unable to accompany you to your ultrasound, we offer our exciting Sonostream LIVE technology whereby they can watch your ultrasound session live, in real-time over the internet from the comfort of their home or office! Click here to learn more about Sonostream.
Q: How do I use the Sonostream technology?
- Go to www.SonostreamLive.net
- Click onto “Mommy Login”
- Enter the email address you gave when you made your appointment
- Enter the password you were given ((the password can be found in your email from Sonostream))
- Invite your guests by entering their email addresses
** Please Note ~ The charge for Sonosteam is $12.95 per computer ** Guests viewing Sonostream MUST access your 3D/4D session within 72 hours ((i.e. – 3 days)) from the time of your appointment **
Q: As the Mom-to-be should I consider purchasing Sonostream for myself?
Absolutely, as you can save the Sonostream video of your little Sweet Pea as a DIGITAL MOVIE on your iPhone, iPad, Android or other Tablet Devices. This makes it easy to relive and share this amazing experience anytime you want. Say……. you’re out to lunch with the girls and you want to share what your baby was doing during your 3D/4D experience = YOU CAN!
Q: Are you able to tell the sex of the baby?
Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the sex of the baby. We can’t however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine sex. If by chance the baby is uncooperative during the session and we are unable to determine the sex of the baby, we will schedule a complimentary repeat scan for a later date.
** Please Note ~ Gender Determined as early as 14 weeks.
Q: What if I DO NOT want to know the gender of my baby?
No problem! We believe that waiting to find out what you’re having is an amazing surprise to get at the end of a long 9 months! It’s no problem at all to avoid that area on the baby so that gender is kept a secret until delivery day.
Q: I want to have a gender reveal party. Will you place the gender of my baby into a secret envelope?
YES – ABSOLUTELY!
Q: Should I plan to spend extra if I’m carrying multiples?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Here at Sweet Baby O’ Mine we do not charge extra for multiples.
Q: Is the 3D/4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
This is an elective procedure so they do not cover it. We do accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover and Cash. We cannot accept personal checks.
Q: Is there a copyright on my ultrasound photos? (i.e. > The CD with High Resolution 3D Still Images)
ABSOLUTELY NOT! We highly encourage you to print multiple images for yourself, family members and/or friends. *** Bearer May Reprint Images Without Limitations ***
Q: Is there a copyright on my ultrasound DVD? (i.e. > The DVD Movie Set to Soothing Lullaby Music)
ABSOLUTELY NOT! We highly encourage you to duplicate the DVD movie for yourself, family members and/or friends. *** Bearer May Duplicate their DVD Movie Without Limitations ***
Q: Can you accommodate appointments outside of normal business hours?
Yes, we can absolutely accommodate appointments outside of our normal business hours. If this is something that you are interested in please email the owner directly. Her email address is info@SweetBabyOMine4D.com.
Q: What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasounds?
A 2D ultrasound is watching your baby in 2 dimension (black and white), which is usually what you get to see when you go to the doctor’s office. A 3D ultrasound is a static 3 dimensional image of your baby and 4D adds the dimension of *time*, allowing you to see your baby’s movements in the womb live in real time. You will go home with still images of your baby (3D) but the most miraculous part of your experience with us is seeing your baby move inside the womb. Watch as they smile, yawn, give a thumbs-up and play with their toes. We spend the majority of your session in 4D mode so that you don’t miss any of your little Sweet Peas precious movements. All of our sessions are done in 4D mode with the exception of gender determination. Our gender determination is done primarily in 2D for better accuracy.
Q: Do you offer discounts to repeat clients?
YES – ABSOLUTELY! All previous Sweet Baby O’ Mine families receive a discount on their next pregnancy.
Q: How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. We continuously strive to provide the highest quality products and packages at the most affordable costs. We always have special discounts so continue to visit our website, facebook fan page or call us for details on our latest discounts at (239) 267-BABY (2229).
Q: What is a Return Visit Coupon?
All clients are invited to an encore performance. Return for a repeat visit, during the same pregnancy, and receive the same exact package as your first appointment for a return visit coupon price.
** Please Note ~ You cannot apply any other discounts and/or coupons to the return visit coupon price.
Q: Is it possible to purchase an Ultrasound Package as a Gift?
YES! CLICK HERE
After your payment is received you will be sent an email with a printable certificate. If you would like a certificate mailed through USPS please email us at info@SweetBabyOMine4D.com to let us know.
Q: What is a Heartbeat Buddy?
A snuggly stuffed animal with YOUR baby’s heartbeat recorded inside. CLICK HERE
** Please Note ~ A Heartbeat Buddy can be added to any package as long as you are 17+ weeks pregnant.**
Q: Do you offer discounts to U.S. Heroes?
YES – ABSOLUTELY! Military, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, EMS, Nurses and Teachers receive $5.00 off any of our standard packages. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE……WE APPRECIATE YOU!!