Will we ever reach the point of saturation when it comes to celebrating a person's pregnancy? Added to baby showers and gender reveal parties, we now have ultrasound parties, in which an expectant mother can hire an ultrasound tech to bring a sonogram machine to her house so that her friends and family can take a look at her insides. At least the gender reveal parties have cake.
As Today reports, the trend for the ultrasound parties is growing, and companies are forming to accommodate the demand. Baby Face and More, Peek-a-View, and Miracles Imaging charge $100 - $350 to perform 3D/4D ultrasounds in a party atmosphere.
But as one OB/GYN Dr. Amber Sills points out ultrasounds are used to "diagnose chromosomal disorders, malformations, and to aid in estimating fetal weight or the amount of amniotic fluid." They aren't intended for entertainment, or even to reveal gender. Technically, they are only approved under a prescription because the long-term effects are still unknown. Additionally, in 2008 the FDA took an official "unapproved" position on ultrasound keepsake photos and videos.
What if an ultrasound tech sees something troubling? That would really poop a party.
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