Frequently Asked Questions



​What is the difference between 3D and 4D?

We have created this video to explain the difference.







Who will be performing my ultrasound? 

Bond Before Birth is owned and operated by board certified sonographers.   
 


What is an ARDMS sonographer and why should this be the ONLY person, besides my prenatal healthcare provider, performing my ultrasound exams? 
We require first and foremost that every Bond Before Birth  sonographer have completed an accredited ultrasound program as well as possess the RDMS credential.  The only means of obtaining an ARDMS® credential is through examination.  Strict required prerequisites must be met before an applicant can take an ARDMS® exam.  We believe that standardized accreditation and training ensures consistent safety and quality. 
 

How far along should I be when I get my 3D/4D ultrasound? 
The best time is between 24-32 weeks gestation.  Earlier Ultrasounds (24 to 28 weeks) allow the expectant mother to see more whole body images of her baby.  Later ultrasounds (31 to 34 weeks) reveal improved facial features since the developing fat layer enhances these images, however less body due to decreased space in the womb.  It is important to remember that all images are dependent on the baby’s position, movement, size, placental position, maternal weight and the amount of surrounding amniotic fluid.  As a result, we cannot always guarantee image clarity or quality.


 
Will my 3D/4D ultrasound replace the ultrasound that my prenatal healthcare provider orders/performs? 
Absolutely not!  As medical professionals, we cannot stress enough the importance of your medical ultrasound.  The 3D/4D ultrasound is elective and does not in any way replace any ultrasound that your healthcare provider has ordered.  This is why we require that you have already had your medical ultrasound before you come in for your 3D/4D ultrasound.

 
What if I don’t want to know the gender of my baby? 
Not a problem!  We can very easily avoid that area.  We understand that some couples want to leave that surprise for delivery day!  We don’t even look at that area unless you ask us to.  Just let us know that you don’t want to know the gender and we will respect your wishes!

 
Is 3D/4D ultrasound covered by insurance?  What type of payments do you accept? 
At this time 3D/4D ultrasound is NOT covered by insurance and is considered an elective procedure.  We accept payment in the form of cash, Debit, Discover, Visa and MasterCard.  We do NOT accept personal checks.

 
What will determine the quality/clarity of my baby’s images? 
Many factors are involved in obtaining clear images.  We use state-of-the-art equipment and have highly qualified ARDMS® Sonographers.  However, there are several factors outside of our control which will determine the clarity and quality of the Images:


Fetal positioning:

Some babies are in the perfect position and seem to love to pose for us.  Others simply turn their back on us.  Still others cuddle up to the placenta or uterine wall, or hide behind their hands.  We know how much you want to see your baby’s face and we do all we can to encourage your baby to turn your way.  We urge you to relax and enjoy this bonding ultrasound experience while viewing your unborn baby.

Maternal tissue:
The more tissue the sound waves need to travel through, the less contrast the resulting images have.  For this reason, we often find we get better results with our full-figured expectant mothers later in their pregnancy.  Around 30-32 weeks is a good time for the 3D/4D ultrasound.  Again, you will get the best images possible with the equipment we use and the sonographers we employ.

Fetal activity:
It is amazing to see your little baby in action on the ultrasound.  A little food or juice before your visit can assist in increasing your baby’s activity (Orange juice is always good).  On the other hand, the best still 3D photo images occur when your baby is still or asleep.  As always, we encourage you to enjoy your baby’s activity and we’ll do our part to capture the best images possible.

Gestational development:
Each pregnancy is unique. Some babies are best seen at 24 weeks and others at 32, regardless of maternal tissue or other factors.  Again, we use state-of-the-art equipment and ARDMS® Sonographers to provide you with the best results possible.
 

Can I bring other people to see the ultrasound? 
Absolutely!  As medical professionals, we recognize the need for parents and their families to bond with the baby.  In the medical setting, we usually don’t have time to let the expectant mother see the baby move and wait until the baby turns so that she can see the face.  Also, most hospitals and doctor offices have policies limiting the amount of people who can come with you to see the ultrasound.  They also often don’t let children in the room.  We realize that most couples want to share this experience with others.  Whether it is the grandparents, siblings or a neighbor….everyone is welcome!  Your 3D/4D ultrasound session is a time for you to relax with your loved ones and enjoy the little miracle growing inside of you.

 
What can I do to achieve the best possible pictures? 
DRINK FLUIDS!!  We have found that if you increase your fluid intake (non-caffeinated beverages) for about 3 days prior to your appointment, it can improve the quality of the images.  However, you do NOT need to have a full bladder when you come in for your appointment.  We just want you to be well hydrated in order to optimize your images.



Please Note:  You Must Have Your 18- 20 Week routine diagnostic ultrasound and discuss the results with your doctor or midwife by the time you have your Quick Peek 3D/4D scan or Deluxe Bonding 3D/4D scan with Bond Before Birth.