Recently I had the exciting opportunity to have a 15 week Gender Scan done by Holly at Baby Bump 4D!!! Being our second child, my husband and I were really excited to find out if we were going to give our son Dylan a little brother or little sister (and I wanted the go-ahead to start breaking out his old baby clothes if needed!). I have a bunch of my work hung there as well as promotional materials on display (as well as super rare discount cards for Baby Bump 4D clients who buy their top packages!). We had a wonderful experience there and were so wowed by the relaxed atmosphere and top notch studio that Holly has created. All of the ultrasounds Holly and her staff perform are considered “elective” procedures and are for the pure fun of it! Totally worth it in my opinion – we never got to see this much of Dylan in one sitting at the doctors office. Baby was moving around so much, making all sorts of faces and not only did we find out the gender (I’ll post my personal ultrasound photos at the bottom of this post!), we got the most amazing video of our little one to take home – I cried watching it not realize what we had received. I was able to take the DVD with us to VA to my in laws and show them as well. Very special for us since all of our family is out of state! :)
I sat down with Holly at lunch a few weeks before when I proposed this blog post – I just knew I would want to blog about our experience there and let my readers know that this is THE place in the Triangle to go for an elective ultrasound at any stage of pregnancy! I was able to ask her some of the questions I had about her studio as well as what I thought other moms to be might want to know before choosing her studio for such a special occasion.
How long has BabyBump4D been in business?
Our grand opening was May of 2012.
Where are you located?
Our current location is 10269 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville, NC 27519. We are conveniently located close to I-40 and I-540.
What are your business hours?
Typically we are open M-F 9 am – 8 pm, Sat. 9 am – 5:30 pm, and Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm all by appointment only.
What qualifications do your ultrasound technicians have?
All of our Sonographers have completed an accredited ultrasound training program and hold a degree in the field. Combined we have over 65 years of ultrasound experience!
Is an ultrasound safe?
Numerous studies have shown that ultrasound poses no risk to you or your baby. Nevertheless, we don’t perform any ultrasound sessions for longer than 30 minutes.
How early can I find out the sex of my baby?
We perform gender scans at 15 weeks gestation.
What is your gender accuracy rate?
Our accuracy rate is 99.8%.
What is a 4D ultrasound? What’s the difference from a regular ultrasound in my doctor’s office?
4D ultrasound is a 3 dimensional ultrasound in real time. You can now see your baby suck his or her thumb, yawn and move. Many Dr.’s offices perform ultrasounds on site but the services or options are limited and tend to be very expensive. The niche that we try to fill is a comfortable relaxing spa like environment where family or friends can be involved. We have a large viewing room with plasma tv and seating for about 8 people. There is also standing room or extra chairs can even be brought in.
When is the best time/gestational age for a 4D ultrasound?
We usually recommend between 28 and 32 weeks, however we have done scans on women who are 37 weeks and up with great results.
What happens if my baby does not cooperate for the best pictures?
Although we make every effort to obtain the best possible images, every pregnancy scans differently and is dependent on many factors, which is why we offer a re scan at no charge if we are unable to see the baby’s face or determine gender. Re scans are done sometime within two weeks of your original appointment.
Any tips for the best ultrasound results?
Again every pregnancy is different, however the most important thing one can do to increase the chances of having a successful session is drink plenty of water. We recommend at least 64 ounces of water everyday for 5 days prior to your appointment.
Are you currently running any specials?
We don’t have any specials currently but if you follow us on Facebook we hold drawings for free 3D/4D sessions or heartbeat animals usually once a month. We always offer 10% off for military and civil service clients and 15% off for returning clients.
Can I bring family and/or other children?
Absolutely! We encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that should be shared with the people you love. We also have free wi-fi for those clients with out of state friends and family.
As you can see, there is PLENTY of room for friends and family to hang out during your ultrasound and watch live on their large flat screen television. So amazing! Here are some of the incredible images that Holly was able to capture for us. I will treasure these forever!!! Such amazing photos at 15 weeks exactly!!!
Baby sucking their thumb!
This one cracks me up! On the video you see baby turn their head and look right “at us”! lol ;)
Such a cool point of view!
IT’S A BOY!!! :) DYLAN IS GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BROTHER TO PLAY WITH SOON! <3 <3 <3
A big thank you to Holly Mathson of Baby Bump 4D for personally conducting my ultrasound and participating in this blog interview! I get many clients from Baby Bump 4D and I can see why! So happy to have the opportunity to utilize their services myself and now I can genuinely recommend them as a client!!! Great experience, gorgeous facility, professional staff, awesome images and I can’t wait to do it again! We will definitely be back later in my pregnancy to see how much our little guy has grown and get some great “chunky baby” 4D images!! <3