Frequently Asked Questions

What is an elective ultrasound?

We offer elective 2D/3D/4D & HD ultrasounds so families can enjoy seeing their babies before they are born. These are for fun and entertainment and do not replace seeing your midwife or obstetrician regularly for prenatal care and regularly scheduled anatomy scans and other diagnostic ultrasounds ordered by your provider.

When is the best time to get an ultrasound?

Hello Baby can perform an ultrasound at any time during your pregnancy, but the best 3D/4D pictures are generally acquired between 28 and 32 weeks. During those weeks, the baby is filling out and has wonderful chubby cheeks! We can still get beautiful pictures later, but when the baby gets bigger, and more crowded, it can get harder to see the face easily.

What can help me get great pictures?

Drinking lots of water the week before your ultrasound! Being well-hydrated is not only good for you, it also increases fluid around your baby which optimizes your baby's health and photo opportunities!

What exactly is ultrasound?

Ultrasound technology uses high frequency sound waves to see your baby. Our ultrasound machine is a GE Voluson S8, which is state-of-the-art. We can do 2D/3D/4D and HD imaging with this incredible ultrasound machine.

What is the difference between 2D, 3D, 3D , 4D Live, and HD Live?

2D ultrasounds are the traditional black and white ultrasounds. You can see the outline of the baby and see the baby moving. This is the type of ultrasound that is used during diagnostic imaging. It is a wonderful technology to do measurements, weight and anatomy of the baby.

3D ultrasounds show the skin and tissue of the baby, which looks more like a real picture. You can see his chubby cheeks, her cute little nose and be amazed at the the baby's cute little lips!

4D Live allows you to see your baby moving (sometimes called 3D Live). If the baby has lots of clear fluid around the face, we can get some wonderful video! And pictures from the video!
HD Live is the newest and coolest thing in ultrasound technology. You can see the baby's features even BETTER with HD!

Is It Safe?

Ultrasounds have been used and performed for over 30 years. Many studies have been done to confirm that ultrasounds cause no harm to mothers or babies. Ultrasounds are now a routine procedure. 3D/4D ultrasound give us the ability to give parents clearer pictures of their babies.