Frequently Asked Questions

What is an elective prenatal ultrasound?

We offer elective 3D/4D & HD 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 3-D as used in this examination is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination should have already been performed by your doctor to assess the gestational age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as the basic components of fetal anatomy recommended for screening.

Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound with Wonderfully Made 3D/4D Ultrasounds must already be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and may only rely on a medical, diagnostic 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, no elective prenatal exams are to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.

How is this different than the ultrasound performed/ordered by my doctor?

Many women have a diagnostic ultrasound performed at 18-20 weeks. In some cases, your doctor or sonographer may take some pictures and video of your baby in 3D/4D but this is a very different experience than an elective ultrasound at our studio. A medical ultrasound is focused on looking for abnormalities and performing diagnostic measurements. While fascinating, we feel this focus detracts from the relaxed environment and interactive bonding experience we provide and with the lengthy, unhurried session we schedule you for. In addition, the best pictures of your baby will be captured later in your pregnancy when the baby is bigger and more developed.

Is it safe? Are there any risks to me, or my baby?

Extensive studies over 30 years have found that ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. In 3D/4D scanning exactly the same type and intensity of ultrasound is used with conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D Ultrasound both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo and generates an image. 4D ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, we book “by appointment only”.

How far along should I be before I have a 3D/4D/HD ultrasound?

If you plan on having only one 3D/4D ultrasound, we would recommend scheduling your appointment to take place between the 26th and 34th week of the pregnancy. However, excellent images of your baby can be obtained any time after about 22 weeks of pregnancy and up until your baby’s birth. Many mothers choose to have more than one 3D/4D/HD ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.

Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?

Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens, a repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby has turned to a more favorable position. We make no promises that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our studio, or that we can always meet everyone’s expectations. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of amniotic fluid, and mother’s condition. We promise to make every effort to obtain the best possible images of whatever parts of the baby that can be seen.

How can I help get the best possible pictures of my baby?

Drinking the physician recommended eight 8 ounce glasses (64 ounces) of water daily throughout your pregnancy is very important to help with the clarity of the images of your baby and will benefit the health of your pregnancy. The goal is for you to be very well hydrated, which will help with the clarity of the amniotic fluid.
Also, pay attention to when your baby is most active during the day and try to schedule your appointment during that time. Second, pay attention to whether eating and drinking impact your baby’s energy levels and try to eat or not eat right before your ultrasound. Many babies seem to perk up after Mommy drinks cold and/or fruity beverages so we recommend having a fruit smoothie on your way to your appointment. Finally, many times, the best pictures of your baby will be obtained when he or she has turned head downward so if you know that your baby is breach, you may want to post-pone your appointment a week or two to increase the chance of your baby turning before your appointment.

If you have not been good about drinking water, please start now and schedule your appointment in about a weeks’ time. We’ve found this is very helpful for the amniotic fluid levels to increase.

Can I bring my family and friends?

Yes. In fact, we encourage our clients to invite family and friends to attend their elective 3D/4D ultrasound session. This is a joyous and wonderful experience, one that can be shared with your family and loved ones. We can accommodate up to 10 guests comfortably.

Are you able to tell me the sex of my baby?

Yes, in most cases we can provide an indication of the gender of the baby. We can’t however guarantee that the baby will cooperate during your session. Certain factors such as body tissue content, developmental stage and fetal position all affect the ability to determine gender. If we are unable to determine this, we will bring you back at no charge to try again.

What is SneakPeek Clinical®?

SneakPeek Clinical® is an early gender DNA detection test offered to women starting at 6 weeks into pregnancy. The genetic test is designed to work in conjunction with an ultrasound scan for expecting mothers. An on-site phlebotomist draws a blood sample in the comfort of the ultrasound studio, and then returns the sample to SneakPeek Labs for processing. The laboratories offer the fastest turnaround times in the industry, with a choice of receiving your result the same day the sample reaches the SneakPeek Lab. The concierge style of service even includes a personal email sent directly to you to report your exciting results.

How does SneakPeek Clinical® Work?

SneakPeek utilizes the natural process of shared fetal DNA circulating inside the mother’s bloodstream. Our PCR technology has the ability to detect the presence or absence of male Y chromosome in the blood sample provided starting at 6 weeks into pregnancy. If it is detected, then the baby’s gender is male and if it is not detected then the baby’s gender is female.

Are any services covered by my Medical Insurance?

At this point, insurance does not cover the costs of our ultrasounds. Since this is an elective procedure and is not intended to be a replacement for your doctor ordered ultrasound, you will need to pay the cost of this ultrasound as an out of pocket expense. We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards.

What communities do you serve?

Most of our clients live in the following communities: Palmdale, Anaverde, Quartz Hill, Acton, Agua Dulce, Leona Valley, Lake Hughes, Lancaster, Rosamond, Mojave, California City, Edwards, Tehachapi, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Lake Los Angeles,Llano, Pinon Hills.

What is the refund policy at Wonderfully Made 3D/4D Ultrasounds?

We do not have a “refund policy”. We do however have a “re-scan” policy.

What is your re-scan policy?

We understand that sometimes the baby might not be in the perfect position. For all packages that apply, we will offer one complimentary re-scan in the event that we can’t determine gender at 14+ weeks and are unable to get clear partial face images of your baby. There is never a guarantee that our technicians will be able to get full face images for any of our sessions. All re-scans must be booked Monday-Friday between the hours of 11am-3pm.