FORT WAYNE, Ind. - 3D movies are becoming popular, and so are 3D ultrasounds. Now parents are seeing their babies before they're born.
“It's using the same sound waves as regular 2D ultrasound. It's just changing the way it's conveying them. In 2D we're faning through everything with sound. The 3D is fanning around, so it's getting more details” said Amanda Van Zant of Miracle in Motion.
Editor's note: There are several facilities offering 3D/4D ultrasounds in the greater Seattle area. An Internet search for 'ultrasound' and '3D' lists several companies.
Myra and Dave McCain are a few weeks away from having their first child.
“That's crazy. I’ve only seen it as a black and white shadowy picture and now it's...real,” said Myra. “Nine months of this baby moving around and kicking me and feeling it move and then finally see their face before the big show. Everything is so detailed. It's like looking through a little window.”
The couple is waiting to find out if it's a boy or girl, but after seeing their baby's face, there's already some debate over the nose.
“I think it kind of has my nose because it's pointing up!” said Myra.
“He has my nose, he or she,” said Dave.
Miracle in Motion opened in Fort Wayne three years ago doing 3D and 4D ultrasounds, 4D is just the flipbook version of the 3D images.
“All those pictures are compiled together to create that movement, that's 4D,” said Van Zant.
Each family has at least a 15 minute session, and at the end, leaves with a DVD and pictures of their baby.
“We can't predict what the baby's doing and what position they'll be in, so if we can't get a good scan we will always bring people back. Don't charge, just redo,” said Van Zant.
Family members are welcome, and encouraged, to come meet baby with the parents. “There's something about being able to see it in this view that makes it a little more real for everyone else,” said Van Zant.
“As the husband, you're living through them and seeing an actual photo of the baby's face, it's like, there's your baby. It's incredible, it's emotional,” said Dave.
And Baby McCain's smile and little movements are already making mom and dad smile too.
3D ultrasounds aren't covered by insurance. Packages range from a $100-$200.