My mom was pregnant three times between 1978 and 1982. She had zero ultrasounds. It wasn’t that she was against ultrasounds, she just didn’t have the option. On the other hand, I’ve been pregnant twice since 2007 and can’t even count how many ultrasounds I’ve had. For everyone I know ultrasounds are a major part of pregnancy. An ultrasound, the little window into our womb, seems to be the one thing that gives today’s expecting dads their bonding moment with baby and convinces today’s pregnant woman that everything is OK.
Personally, I’ve never been able to really understand what I’m looking at when I have a traditional ultrasound. I crane my neck, squint my eyes, and turn my head, but the arm I’m convinced I see is always a back or a liver. And then I bring the photos home and tuck them in a book (I’m not a scrapbooker by any stretch of the imagination). But, now we don’t just have the choice of grainy black and white ultrasounds, we have 3D/4D ultrasounds with photos and videos. They get up close and personal with baby, allowing a glimpse of the face, eyes, hands, all the little parts of baby.
So, when I was offered the opportunity to experience a 3D/4D ultrasound at Stork Vision, I jumped on it. Our first visit didn’t result in much more than an uncooperative baby and a squirrely two and a half year old, but they encouraged us to come back and give it another try. I brought my mom to my second visit hoping for better results. At the time I didn’t know that she hadn’t experienced any ultrasounds, it never even crossed my mind. In fact, I didn’t find out it was her first until I asked if I could interview her for this post. I was hoping to compare her experience with how far technology has come today, but there was no experience to compare. Nothing like jumping in and really getting a taste of the finest in ultrasound technology.
We went to the Lincoln Park location and found easy parking and an open, clean space that didn’t feel clinical. My mom had trouble staying seated on the comfortable couch and, once the baby came into view, she insisted he looked just like my son as she excitedly shuffled around the room. I rolled my eyes at first, but she was right. I saw a very familiar face on the screen, kind of like seeing someone I already knew.
I’ve never been the kind of pregnant woman who speaks to her belly, cooing about how excited she is to meet this new little love. I’m too literal to get all gushy about something I can’t physically see or touch. Maybe it was seeing that face, but the end of this pregnancy has been different for me. I’m ready to meet this little person. On the video we saw him yawn, stick out his tongue, and swallow. Now I’m excitedly waiting to see those little newborn moments in person.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary visit to Stork Vision. The views expressed in this post are my own.