Is ultrasound safe?
Ultrasound has been used for over thirty years in the management of pregnancies, and has never been found to have any adverse effect on a developing fetus. That said, it is important to know that sonographers registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers have passed a board exam, which involves being tested in the knowledge of the physics of ultrasound, as well as recognizing fetal anomalies or potential problems. In addition, documentation of continuing education credits are required to maintain the ARDMS credential. This means that the sonographer continues to keep up to date with the technology and recommendations issued by various medical societies, such as the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, and the Institute of the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. For example, the use of Doppler ultrasound in the first trimester is not recommended, because it is unknown if the higher power levels required could possibly cause harm. That is why, in our office, we do not offer Doppler in the first trimester of pregnancy. You can rest assured that the ultrasound you have at The Stork’s Nest will be performed only by an ARDMS credentialed sonographer, who has only the best interests of your growing baby in mind. You will, however, be able to see your baby’s heartbeat, along with wiggles and parade waves!
How is this different from the ultrasound that is ordered by my doctor, to be performed at a clinic or other setting?
The ultrasound you will have at The Stork’s Nest is not a diagnostic exam, and in no way replaces the anatomical ultrasound exam that should be performed in a clinical setting, as ordered by your attending physician. A signed release from liability form is required at the time of service. In addition, we require your attending physician information, and a signed permission form for us to provide information to that physician, in the event that the ultrasound performed raises concerns or potential problems with the pregnancy.
Do I need to have a full bladder?
A full bladder is only helpful to visualize your baby in the first trimester of pregnancy. We recommend thirty-two ounces of water, not liquids that need digestion, such as juice or milk, one hour prior to your ultrasound. For the second and third trimesters, hydration for several days will definitely help optimize the quality of images we are able to obtain for you. You can relieve the pressure on your bladder as needed, but ultrasound waves travel best through body tissues that are well hydrated. It’s a ‘ physics thing’ that seasoned sonographers know!
Will I definitely be able to see a great 3D image of my baby?
There are many factors that affect the ability to obtain a 3D/4D image. We will do everything in our power to get a great view of your baby’s face, but in some situations that may not be possible. Our goal, always, is your happiness with this experience, and we will be diligent in our quest to provide it!
Can I bring family members with me?
Absolutely! We welcome all your nearest and dearest—it’s all about your family, and your newest, most anticipated addition! The most validating part of The Stork’s nest existence is our part in celebrating the new life you are bringing to your family, and we feel privileged to be there when you share this special moment!
We will be most happy to answer any questions you may have…please call us at 815-580-8236.
We look forward to hearing from you!