New Proceedure Takes Clear Picture of Baby In Womb

Scott and Stephanie Weddle are looking forward to the birth of their third son.

Little Noah is due July 3rd.

Mom and Dad couldn't wait to find out who Noah will resemble so they decided to get a clear picture of their bundle of joy, 3 months early.

Their OB/GYB gave them information about a new type of ultra sound that will allow them to clearly see their baby while he's hanging out in mom's womb.

Dr. Deborah Edgeworth describes it like this: "It's 3d/4d imaging - 3d means you can see all 3 dimensions and 4d means real time. With that we can basically see the baby's face before the baby's ever born."

What makes this different from regular ultra sound?

"When we do a regular ultra sound and someone says, 'oh, it looks like an alien in there or something', with a 3d ultrasound it looks like a baby in there" says Dr. Edgeworth.

She also says there aren't many medical uses for the 3d/4d, but there are a few.

"It's real good for looking at cleft lip, cleft pallet, things that would make obvious distortions in the face, but most of the time we just use it for fun."

The ultra sound is not a requirement so it's not covered by insurance.

If parents opt for the "fancy features" session it will cost them $175; that includes an hour long session recorded on a DVD, which parents can take home as well as a bunch of pictures.

With 3d, it provides the still pictures, but with the 4d they can actually see the movements of the baby.

Stephanie Weddle says they have family back in Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina and this is an opportunity for them to see the baby before the baby is actually born.

Dr. Edgeworth says The patients absolutely love it. It's just one more way for them to fall in love with baby before the baby comes.

The best time to do "fancy features" is around 28 to 30 weeks.

It's not used to determine the sex of the baby because most parents want to know that much earlier.


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