What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D & 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for the mother, father and family members with the unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination should have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the baby and to evaluate for fetal abnormalities as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.
What are we doing to keep you safe during Covid-19? (updated 5/5/21)
Upon arrival, we have all clients complete a covid screen questionnaire for themselves and their guests. Temperature checks will be performed. (If anyone in the party has symptoms or a fever over 101.4, that person will unfortunately not be allowed to attend the ultrasound. If that person happens to be the mom to be, we will gladly reschedule to keep everyone safe.)
All parties age 5 and older will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the appointment.
Our ultrasound room is quite spacious to allow social distancing for family members to accompany you and still be safe.
We have a buffer of time between each client. This will allow us to clean the room appropriately between each client and hopefully not have families overlap in the waiting area. For this reason, it is very important to be on time for your appointment, as well as not come too early.
Your technicians have had their vaccines!
We work with pregnant moms all day everyday and everyone’s safety is our foremost concern. Having these protocols in place will help us do our part to keep everyone safe. We appreciate your compliance and understanding!
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
Absolutely not! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with My Carolina Baby, LLC, must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone a medical ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy related issues. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
What is the difference between 3D and 4D?
4D is watching the baby move in real time motion. 3D is the still image.
When is the best timeframe for a 3D/4D ultrasound?
A 3D/4D ultrasound can be done between 26-34 weeks. In our professional experience, the ideal timeframe is 28-30 weeks. However, if you’re looking at our website and you are beyond 30 weeks, we can usually still get great images! 35 weeks and beyond is a gamble if we will be able to get images. If you would still like to, we will certainly try! You can also call further to discuss with our staff.
Will I be able to get great images of my baby? If not, what makes it hard?
The baby’s position within the womb is the biggest obstacle we face with an uncooperative baby. Baby’s face being on or near the placenta and/or uterine wall, umbilical cord in the way and baby refusing to move the arms and/or legs out of the way are obstacles that we may run into while trying to get images of your baby. Your ultrasound technician has several tricks that are used regularly to try to get baby to move in these situations. Unfortunately, no ultrasound facility can guarantee perfect images of your baby, but we will certainly try our best!
Can I bring other people to my appointment?
Yes! We encourage you to bring family and friends with you to your appointment. We want your loved ones to be able to share this special experience with you. ****Effective 2/5/20, our new space can safely accommodate up to 5 people in your party and still have plenty of room for social distancing.***
Are you able to determine the gender of my baby?
Yes, in most cases. We can’t however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body issue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine gender. In the event that we are unable to confirm your baby's gender, we will bring you back for a second visit at no charge.
Is my ultrasound covered by insurance?
No. Because we are an elective ultrasound facility, your ultrasound at My Carolina Baby is not covered by or filed with insurance. Some clients have success with using their HSA card to pay for their ultrasound. All major credit cards and cash are accepted.
How much will my ultrasound cost?
We have many different packages available. Please see the services
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. All ultrasounds require an appointment. Please visit our scheduling tab.
Do you offer weekend appointments?
Yes! Our office is open on Saturdays. Please keep in mind that our Saturday appointments typically book a minimum of 4 weeks in advance. We are also open one evening per week in addition to our normal weekday hours.
Is there anything that I need to do prior to my appointment?
Yes! Hydrate with water is the best thing that you can do! Hydrating with water is so important for your entire pregnancy, but especially the week leading up to your appointment. Try to consume a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily. A well hydrated momma usually makes for better pictures of baby!
We recommend eating a snack approximately 15-30 minutes prior to your appointment. Fresh fruit, smoothie, glass of fruit juice are things that typically work well. OR anything that you know that really gets your baby moving!
Is there a time of day that is best for my appointment?
If you are coming in for a 3D/4D ultrasound, if possible, it is best to schedule your appointment for when the baby is active. Sometimes it is difficult to wake a sleeping baby!
What is your cancellation policy?
We require a minimum of 24 hour notice for a cancellation or reschedule. If you must cancel your appointment (prior to the 24 hour window) and do not plan to reschedule, you must call our office for a refund. A refund through our online booking system is only authorized by the staff.