FAQs

Why should I choose The Baby Theater to perform an elective limited ultrasound on me?
The Baby Theater is committed to excellence, compassion, and competence from our staff and Ultrasound Technicians. Professionalism, safety, and quality assurance are paramount at The Baby Theater. We have a beautiful facility and the latest in equipment and technology to ensure you have the best prenatal experience possible.

Do I need to make an appointment to have a 2D sonogram, 3D sonogram, or 4D baby sonogram performed at The Baby Theater?
Yes, we schedule by appointment only. Daily appointments are available, but please remember weekends and evenings are in high demand and fill up quickly. The ultrasound calculator can guide you on the best time for your appointment.

How is this different than 3D in the doctor’s office?
The technology is the same, the experience is completely different. Our ultrasound sessions are scheduled at least 30 minutes apart depending on the package. We do this to provide the best experience possible for you and your guests. We will do everything we can to obtain the best images possible. At The Baby Theater, your ultrasound will be done in a very warm, relaxed, spa-like setting. Both our locations have a private ultrasound room with a large monitor for parents to view the ultrasound. Just outside the ultrasound room is our “theater room” which has a very large monitor for family and friends to view the ultrasound. 3D/4D ultrasound is typically not covered by insurance, so why not make it an experience for you and your family. Remember, however, that this experience DOES NOT REPLACE THE DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND DONE BY YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER.

What happens during a 2D baby ultrasound, 3D baby ultrasound, or a 4D baby ultrasound scan?
The Ultrasound Technician will begin by positioning you on our spa chair or table and applying a colorless, odorless gel to your abdomen. The transducer will be moved back and forth over your abdomen to view your precious developing baby. Depending on your baby’s position and stage of development, you may be able to see a face, tiny hands and fingers, or arms and legs. You will receive printed and/or electronic copies of the photos and/or video depending on the package.

What is a Registered Ultrasound Technician and why should this be the ONLY person, besides my prenatal healthcare provider performing a 2D Baby Sonogram, 3D Baby Sonogram, or 4D Baby Sonogram on me?
We require first and foremost that every The Baby Theater Ultrasound Technician have completed an accredited ultrasonography program and possess the RDMS credential. The only means of obtaining an A.R.D.M.S. credential is through examination after other centers or companies that employ technicians that have not completed an accredited ultrasonography program, may not have enough knowledge to operate the ultrasound machine safely. This is your pregnancy and your baby, you deserve the best.

Why should I choose The Baby Theater to perform an elective limited ultrasound on me?
The Baby Theater is committed to excellence, compassion, and competence from our staff and Ultrasound Technicians. Professionalism, safety, and quality assurance are paramount at The Baby Theater.

Will The Baby Theater Ultrasound be performed at your facility replace the ultrasound that I receive from my prenatal healthcare provider?
Definitely not!!! Your 2D sonogram, 3D sonogram, or 4D baby sonogram at The Baby Theater does not replace the sonogram provided at your doctor’s office. Our ultrasounds are completely elective and for entertainment purposes. We require that each client provide us with information on their prenatal care including the provider and contact information.

How long should my 2D ultrasound, 3D ultrasound or 4D baby ultrasound scan last in order to attain the best possible video and baby pictures of my unborn baby?
The Baby Theater scans are between 10 and 30 minutes depending on the package you choose.

Is there preparation for the ultrasound at The Baby Theater?
Gender Ultrasounds-it is recommended to eat or drink something about 45 minutes or so prior to your appointment. sugar and/or caffeine usually ensures fetal movement.                                                                      3D-4D Ultrasounds-DRINK, DRINK, DRINK WATER!!! We recommend all pregnant mothers-to-be who schedule appointments with The Baby Theater make an effort to continuously hydrate by drinking plenty of water for 5 to 7 days straight prior to coming in for your ultrasound scan. We have found that hydration improves the clarity of your baby sonogram significantly. The American Obstetrical Society recommends half your body weight in ounces of water each day of your pregnancy. It is also recommended to eat or drink prior to your appointment. Sugar and/or caffeine usually ensures the baby is moving.

What type of baby ultrasound packages does The Baby Theater offer?
Our packages range from our 2D Peace of Mind Ultrasound available after your pregnancy has been verified by your medical provider. We offer Gender Ultrasound starting at 16 weeks. Gender Ultrasounds are available in 2D or 2D with a “sneak peek of 3d”. Our full 3d4D HD Ultrasound is available at 27 weeks. We also offer “Ultrasound Bundles” which save money on multiple ultrasounds.

How much does a The Baby Theater baby ultrasound cost?
We offer affordable packages that will fit into every expectant parent’s budget.

Why do some centers offer such inexpensive prices on their baby ultrasound packages?
The Baby Theater strongly believes quality and safety should be your top priority and you get what you pay for therefore, cheaper isn’t always better. When researching different elective ultrasound facilities, we highly recommend that you inquire not only about pricing, but also about the qualifications of the person that will be performing your pregnancy ultrasound scan. You should insist and verify that not only does a qualified Ultrasound Technician perform your scan but that the center has a medical director. At The Baby Theater we are committed to excellence, you and your baby are more than a number or dollar sign. It’s your pregnancy, your baby, and you deserve the best.

What forms of payment does The Baby Theater take and do you accept insurance?
We gladly accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We do not accept checks of any kind. Insurance does not cover elective ultrasound.

Can you determine the gender of my baby?
When gender determination is desired, The Baby Theater will attempt to obtain the best images to ensure accuracy. If we are unable to confirm gender during your visit, we will reschedule an appointment at no extra charge to you, for a “Quick Peek” when your baby is in a more opportune position.

What is the optimal or best time during my pregnancy to schedule a 2D ultrasound, 3D ultrasound, and a 4D ultrasound?                                                                                                                                                 Optimal or Best time depends on your goal. Many physicians do a limited number of ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy. We offer 2D ultrasound anytime after your medical provider has verified your pregnancy. Gender 2D ultrasounds can be done as early as 16 weeks gestation. We also offer a gender ultrasound with a sneak peek of 3D.  3D4D baby ultrasounds can be done at any time after 18 weeks gestation, however the optimal time  is between 27 – 30 weeks. Earlier ultrasounds allow the expectant mother to see more complete images of her baby. Later ultrasounds reveal improved facial features since the developing fat layer enhances these images. It is important to remember that all images are dependent on the baby’s position, movement, size, and the amount of surrounding amniotic fluid. As a result, we cannot always guarantee image clarity or quality. Please visit the Ultrasound Calculator Page and put in your due date to see a personalized graph of times for your ultrasound.

What is real-time, 4D live-motion imaging?
Real-time 4D live-motion imaging is the continuous three-dimensional scanning of the baby with the option of simultaneous 2D imaging. This revolutionary quad-beam technology, which obtains 3D images in real-time up to 25 volumes per second, goes beyond the boundaries of traditional ultrasound and opens the 4th dimension of real-time so that you can see your baby moving in 3D.

What will determine the clarity and quality of my baby’s images?
Many factors are involved in obtaining clear images. We use state- of- the-art equipment and highly qualified Ultrasound Technicians however, there are several factors outside of our control which will determine the clarity and quality of the Images.
Fetal positioning: Some babies come ready for their pictures and seem to be posing at every turn. Others simply turn their back on us. Still others cuddle up to the placenta or uterine wall, or hide behind their hands. We know you particularly want to see your baby’s face and we do all we can to encourage your baby to turn your way. Particularly in 3D and 4D, a straight-on face view is not very common. We urge you to relax and enjoy this bonding ultrasound experience while viewing your unborn baby.

Maternal tissue: The more tissue the sound waves need to travel through, the less contrast the resulting images have. For this reason, we often find we get better results with our full-figured expectant mothers later in their pregnancy, typically around 17+ weeks for gender determination and 27 – 30 for 3D and 4D. Again, you will get the best images possible with the best equipment and Ultrasound Technicians, but maternal tissue can be an important factor.

Fetal activity: It is breath taking to see your baby in motion during your ultrasound. A little food or juice before your visit can assist in increasing your baby’s activity (orange juice is always good). On the other hand, the best still 3D photo images occur when your baby is still or asleep. As always, we encourage you to enjoy your baby’s activity and we’ll do our part to capture the best images possible.

Gestational development: Each pregnancy is unique. Most of the time Gender can be determined at 16 weeks. However, babies develop at different rates. Some babies are best seen in 3D at 27 weeks and others at 32, regardless of maternal tissue or other factors. Again, we use state-of -the-art equipment and ARDMS Ultrasound Technicians to provide you with the best results possible.

How many people can come with me to my The Baby Theater 2D ultrasound, 3D ultrasound, or 4D baby ultrasound appointment?
The Baby Theater welcomes you to bring as many family members and friends as you like to join in this momentous occasion. Both locations provide a comfortable home theater environment with ample room for all to view your 2D baby ultrasound, 3D baby ultrasound, or 4D baby ultrasound. The experience we provide is a culmination of a beautiful facility, the best equipment, and an endearing, knowledgeable staff.

Will I get perfect pictures of my baby during my The Baby Theater baby ultrasound?
The Baby Theater makes every effort to produce your desired pictures and while we always do our very best, we can’t guarantee perfect pictures. There are many factors that determine the outcome of your prenatal ultrasound pictures. The baby’s gestational development, fetal positioning, fetal activity, and a mother’s maternal tissue. *We recommend that our full figured mother’s schedule their 3D ultrasound or 4D ultrasound between 27 – 30 weeks of pregnancy.