Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions Answered
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our Elective Ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please call us at (407) 704-7997 or email us.
What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 3D, 4D & HD 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 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.
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Moms-To-Be must already 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.
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, 4D and HD 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. HD ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are necessary for all of our services.
How long does the 4D ultrasound take?
Depending on the package you choose, the Gender Determination package will last between 10-15 minutes, therefore expect to stay with us 30 minutes from the time you come in. If you have purchased the 3D/4D Ultrasound package, the session will last 20 to 30 minutes.
How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?
If you plan on having only one 4D ultrasound examination, we would recommend having the examination performed between the 26th 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 4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Will I always get a beautiful picture 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. If this happens, a repeat scan in one hour 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 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.
Can I bring my family and friends?
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.
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.
Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.
What kind of ultrasound equipment do you use to perform the 4D ultrasounds?
We use the state of the art Samsung Accuvix A30 to complete all ultrasound examinations. The Samsung Accuvix A30 has been seen in GE television commercials and many printed articles from around the world. This machine is the best 2D, 3D, 4D and HD ultrasound machine available. Please note, many organizations claim to use “state-of-the-art” equipment, when in fact they use older or inferior technology.
How much does it cost?
We have packages to fit just about anyone’s budget. Click here for package options.
What is your cancellation policy?
Moms-To-Be Ultrasound requests customers to call within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. Any cancellations or reschedules made less than 24 hours will be assessed a cancellation fee of $50. Customers who fail their appointments without any notification will be charged for the full package price. In case of an emergency, please contact our office and the fee will be waived after evidence.
What is your refund policy?
All sales are final; including ultrasounds, spa services, gift cards and merchandise.
For ultrasound services only: if images are unobtainable due to the baby’s position, one (1) complimentary ultrasound session is offered by the sonographer. Redo ultrasound is available Monday thru Friday and it must be performed within one week. Additional ultrasounds can be purchased by $75/each.
For gift cards only: gift cards are no refundable; paid value can be applied towards any Moms-To-Be Ultrasound gift cards expire within one (1) year of the date purchased.