3D 4D Ultrasound

21St Century Parents have so many choices of digital cameras, video cameras, webcam and the rest, to show off a new baby to relatives in other states or overseas.

Now, you can actually film your bub several weeks before it is even born!

Combining the latest state-of the art ultrasound machines with top-of-the-line home theatre equipment, new parents can now see breathtaking dynamic pictures of how your baby actually looks recorded onto a video - to keep.

Why would you do it?

Often only you or you and your partner see your baby at an ultrasound check-up - if, indeed you have one. With Early Image a company which created this new service, no referral is necessary.

Your entire family can see when your baby smiles, yawns, sucks its thumb and stretches in real-time and have the whole experience recorded onto DVD along with your favorite music. They can attend the filming or you can just enjoy showing it to them later - or even to your baby when he/she is a LOT older! A great keepsake for the future.

Can it harm the baby?

Extensive studies over 35 years have found that ultrasound has never been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Ultrasound scanning of all pregnancies is now normal practice throughout Australia.

3D/4D scanning uses exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound as the more familiar conventional 2D scan. 3D/4D ultrasound utilizes low frequency sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to radar. When the probe placed on the tummy it sends out sounds waves into the body, listens for the return echo, and generates an image.

This is not X-Ray, there is no radiation. Ultrasound scans do not raise body temperature/amniotic temperature any higher than if Mum was to take a walk in a park, or if she were outside in hot weather.

What do you get for your money?

A 15 minute scan, to the music of your choice all recorded on to DVD (Baby and music) and still images placed on private gallery built for your baby on the Early Image website for family and friends to view

Has it become popular?

Documentaries such as "In the womb" featured on A Current Affair have highlighted the technology and its remarkable images, turning any initial skepticism or reservation into an inreasing demand for appointments.

For many Mums, being able to bond with the baby- to- be in such a unique way can help to relieve maternal stress and anxiety . For Dads, seeing their little one face to face can increase their feeling of participation in the pregnancy process and for siblings, especially a first child, can help them be more accepting of the baby once it arrives.

For more information www.earlyimage.com.au