You and those closest to you can share the experience of "seeing" your baby for the first time in the comfort of a spa environment and knowing your ultrasound with be performed by a medical sonographer.ALL ULTRASOUND SESSIONS INCLUDE:
- Limited Diagnostic Scan performed by an RDMS Sonographer
When you call to make your appointment, please have the following information available:
- Your due date
- Your physician's name and number
- Your Date of Birth
- Credit card number to hold your appointment (You may pay with cash, eligible FSA or HSA card, Spa Finder Gift Card or another card at the time of your appointment.) A 48 hour cancellation is required or there will be a cancellation fee charged.
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If your primary interest is gender determination and you are at least 16 weeks, we suggest our 2D "Just Can't Wait" Package.
If you're interested in a 3D Package, we suggest you come in "after" 23 weeks. As far as the "best" time, that really depends on what you want to see and how many times you plan to come in. Here are some guidelines:
- 23-26 weeks: Baby's facial features are starting to be defined and you can see more of the baby at once.
- 27-32 weeks: This is a good time for your second 3D ultrasound or if you're only going to come in for one session during your pregnancy. Baby's facial features are more defined and the baby still has room to move around. However, because baby is getting larger, you won't see quite as much of him/her at once as you would earlier.
- 33-36 weeks: A great time for beautiful facial shots IF baby "cooperates". Please be aware that increased crowding in the womb does make it more challenging to get specific pictures.
Welcome to the exciting world of 4D Ultrasound. This technology represents the difference between video and still photography. Through this medical advancement, your baby's three-dimensional image is continuously updated onscreen. This gives you a "live action" (4D)view of your baby.
We offer elective scans to those expectant moms who are currently receiving prenatal care.
For your Ultrasound session, you do not need to have a full bladder, but we do recommend keeping your body hydrated several days before your visit. Water, not soda, gets the best results. Please wear pants or a skirt for your own comfort and modesty.
If we can do anything to make your experience with us more enjoyable, please let us know.
Why should I choose to have an ultrasound performed at La Bella Belly?These simple reasons:
What is Ultrasound?
1. All scans are performed by an RDMS sonographer (not nurses or lay people that have been trained just to take baby pictures) with years of experience in performing medical ultrasound scans for area OB's. Experienced sonographers help insure your safety and that of your baby and that the very best images are obtained.
2. We are the ONLY elective ultrasound center in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that uses Medical Sonographers!
3. We use the state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment.
4. We follow the professional guidelines established for the length of scans and intensity of sound waves. Not all centers do.
5. We have an affiliated OB that consults with our sonographers as required.
6. Area OB's recommend us to their patients because they trust our sonographers!
7. If you want to know gender, we'll guarantee our accuracy... or your money back on our Gender Determination package. Please note that you must be at least 16 weeks for us to guarantee accuracy.
Diagnostic ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves to visualize structures within the body. A small device called a transducer is used to send sound waves into the body, which are then reflected off of internal structures. The returning sound waves (echoes) are captured by the same transducer and sent to the attached equipment which electronically changes the echoes into a picture (image) of the internal structures.
What is 4D Ultrasound?
"4D" is shorthand for "four-dimensional" - the fourth dimension being time. As far as ultrasound is concerned, 4D Ultrasound is the latest ultrasound technology and it is exclusive to GE. 4D Ultrasound takes three-dimensional ultrasound images and adds the element of time to the process. The result: live-action images of your unborn child. We use the state-of-the-art GE Voluson 730 to complete all ultrasound examinations, as seen in the GE television commercial 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.
Is it safe?
Diagnostic ultrasound has been in use for over 40 years. The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) has issued the following statement regarding the safety of ultrasound:
"There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures from diagnostic ultrasound instruments. Although the possibility exists that such biological effects may be identified in the future, current data indicate that the benefits to patients of the prudent use of diagnostic ultrasound outweigh the risks, if any, that may be present."
The ultrasound imaging performed by La Bella Belly uses ultrasound energy subject to the same limits as conventional (2D) ultrasound to create our 3D and 4D images. The amazing pictures and videos generated at La Bella Belly are not the result of increased ultrasound frequency or power levels, but a combination of better transducer (the probe that rolls across mom's belly) technology and sophisticated software interpretation of the sound waves generated.
Why do you still offer two-dimensional (2-D) Ultrasound?
Two-dimensional imaging is ideal for viewing heartbeat, fluid level, real-time fetal activity, hair (after 27 weeks) and gender. We always include 2D ultrasound with 3-D as they work together to show a full picture of the baby's features and activity. The benefit of regular ultrasound is its ability to look "through" some obstacles, such a hand on the face. Also, the real-time movement shown in 2D ultrasound as well as your 4D session can be recorded on your video.
Do I Need a Note From My Provider to Visit La Bella Belly?
Yes - it is essential that you are under the care of an OB/GYN and that he/she knows that you have requested our services. We are an optional service and do not replace any element of your prenatal care. Your ultrasound session will include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, the position of the baby, the placental location, and the fluid level in the uterus. If you have medical concerns, we urge you to notify your health care provider. We give you a report and send a copy of the limited diagnostic report to your doctor as well, unless otherwise noted by your physician.
What kind of training do your Sonographers receive?
Believe it or not there are no regulations in most states for who can perform ultrasounds. As a result, there are many facilities that do not employ medically trained sonographers. In contrast, La Bella Belly ONLY employs Sonographers who have gone through an independent and accredited multi-year program in medical ultrasound and who also have extensive experience in OB/GYN scanning. This allows us to provide you with both peace of mind and reliable imaging.
Be sure to ask if the person performing your ultrasound is an RDMS sonographer... a nurse or someone that has been trained for a few weeks to take baby pictures is NOT the same thing and has not received the extensive training required to know what it is they are looking at on an ultrasound!
Do You Accept Competitor Coupons and Offers?
Of course! But, because packages may be structured differently at different centers, please let us know when you are making your appointment what your coupon says so we can let you know how that coupon will apply to our pricing. Coupon must also be presented at time of appointment and competitor must be within a 30 mile radius.
We also accept Spa Finder Gift Certificates for our Ultrasounds!
When is a Good Time for an Ultrasound?
Anytime is good for an imaging ultrasound, but you will see different things at different times. Many women choose to come in twice or more to see their baby at various stages (and we have specially discounted packages available for that reason).
After 16-17 weeks, we can accurately determine gender and you can see more of your baby at once and witness the amazing development already well underway. We typically recommend a 2D Ultrasound during this time.
Later, as babies build more fat, more facial features can be seen. More fat creates pudgy baby images, but the baby gets increasingly crowded at the end of term and may hide. 3D and 4D ultrasound quality depends upon the baby's position, size and movement, so we cannot guarantee image quality due to those factors.
Between 24-26 weeks is a good time to see more of baby as facial features are starting to be more defined, but baby very possible will not have the full cheeks as seen in most pictures. We recommend doing a scan at this time-frame if you are also going to come in for a scan 4-6 weeks later, as well.
Between 27-32 is the BEST TIME if you're only going to have one 3D Ultrasound during your pregnancy because facial features are well defined and baby still has room to move around.
Between 33-36 weeks is still a great time if baby "cooperates", but there is increased crowding in the womb making it more challenging to get specific desired pictures.
What will determine the quality of the images?
Unfortunately not every ultrasound session produces images like the ones you may have seen in magazines. Because we use the best imaging technology available coupled with licensed/certified sonographers, we feel you have the best chance of obtaining quality mages by having your ultrasound completed at La Bella Belly. We do our best, for every client, to obtain the very best images possible.
Regarding image quality, the following factors, outside of our control, impact the quality of the images:
1. Position of the baby. The baby's position has the greatest impact on image quality. Many cooperate with lots of open face views, smiles and yawns. Others however, hide behind feet, hands and the placenta. Some sleep through their sessions... and some babies seem a little too anxious for their first portrait, and press their face right against the uterine wall. Other camera shy babies face the mother's spine, giving us a great view of their back. If your baby is not in a good position, our sonographers will use appropriate approved procedures to encourage the baby to change position.
2. Tissue density. Since ultrasound waves must pass through the skin and uterine wall to reach the baby, the composition and thickness of skin tissue and the uterine wall can impact image quality.
3. Amniotic fluid levels. The amount of fluid surrounding the baby can also impact image quality. The more fluid, the better!
Will You Be Able to Determine The Gender of My Baby?
We pride ourselves on our skill and accuracy and gender determination/verification when it is desired. However, we will never guess or give percentages on gender. If, for any reason, we cannot determine gender and you are at least 16 weeks pregnant, we will invite you back for a free return visit (must return within 2 weeks of original appointment for free return). And you find out we were wrong after you have you're baby, just bring his/her birth certificate in and we will give you your money back on our Gender Determination package.
If you want to know sooner than 16 weeks, we sell Intelligender Home Test Kits that predict the gender of your baby as early as 10 weeks.
You don't want to know gender? Not to worry. Our sonographers always ask if you want to know gender before they get started. If you don't want to know, they can insure that you won't.
Can I Have My Friends and Family With Me?
Anyone you want may join you for your experience at La Bella Belly. The benefits that you will share by viewing your unborn child will result in prenatal bonding between mother, father, siblings and the unborn child. Unlike other imaging centers, La Bella Belly Prenatal Imaging room is equipped with a 42" plasma screen and comfortable furniture so that your guests can relax and enjoy seeing your baby. Please note that our Rockwall facility is smaller now and can accomodate up to 6 guests, however our Frisco location is much larger and can accomodate the enitre family.
Do I Need a Full Bladder for My Glowing Mom Session?
No. However, we do recommend keeping your body hydrated several days before your visit. Water, not soda, gets the best results.
Is the 4D ultrasound covered by Insurance?
If you are having an elective procedure, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out of pocket expense. Some Flexible Spending Plans do cover elective ultrasounds... particularly if they include limited diagnostics (all La Bella Belly's ultrasounds do). We accept cash, FSA cards, ALL major credit cards, La Bella Belly Gift Certificates, and even Spa Finder Gift Certificates. We're no longer accepting personal checks.
Do I Need an Appointment?
Yes, we schedule by appointment. Occasionally, same day visits can be accommodated; however, we strongly recommend that you call for appointment availability. Please note that weekends and evenings are in high demand and do fill up quickly.
When Will I Get My Pictures and Video?
All pictures, CD's, DVDs, etc. will be ready to take with you when you leave your appointment.
Why do the Ultrasound images have a golden hue?
Our sonographers have the option of selecting different tints in reviewing images. GE has found that the golden hue is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and shows excellent shadow and highlights. However, if you would like to see your baby?s picture in a different tint, please let your sonographer know.
What is Included in the Limited Diagnostic Report?
When you have an Elective Ultrasound performed at La Bella Belly, our RDMS Sonographers will provide a report to your OB/Midwife (if requested) that includes the following information:
* Number of babies
* Heart rate
* Position of the baby
* Position of the placenta
* Fluid level
Our sonographers can also do a full diagnostic scan which can be sent to your prenatal care provider, but this must be ordered by your physician or prenatal care provider and there will be an additional $50 fee for this service.
How Should I Prepare for My Ultrasound to Get the Best Pictures
Make sure you drink PLENTY of fluids during the says leading up to your appointment (as you should already be doing!). This will help with your baby's amniotic fluid levels.
On the day of your ultrasound, eat normally but also try to have something light to eat and a glass of fruit juice about an hour before hand. This will help to get your baby moving.
What are the Benefits of Prenatal Ultrasound?
Extensive research has been conducted on the use of ultrasound during pregnancy. Ultrasounds have been proven to increase the bonding between Mom and her baby and to produce improvements in the baby's health and size at birth. Mom's who have "seen" their babies feel more connected to them and have a stronger sense of well-being/reassurance about their pregnancies. Ultrasounds typically result in an increased commitment to healthier prenatal behaviors such as improved diet and exercise as well as smoking cessation. And, it's probably no surprise that Moms who are more relaxed about their pregnancies also tend to sleep better.
The benefits don't just apply to Mom....Studies have also reported significant reductions in stress for Dad after seeing his baby with an ultrasound.
Can I use Spa Finder Gift Certificates for My Ultrasound?
Absolutely! We also take Spa Wish gift certificates.
What is your cancellation policy?
You must cancel or reschedule your appointment 48 hours prior to your appointment. If you cancel after 48 hours and/or do not show up to your appointment, there will be a charge of $50.