EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – It’s an exciting moment when soon-to-be parents get their first peek at baby through an ultrasound. Thanks to a state-of-the-art machine, that experience is even more special.
Stork Vision Eau Claire is one of a handful of places in the area that offer 3D/4D scans for expecting parents, much like Amanda Spindler and Curtis Sandley of Eau Claire.
Spindler is 17 weeks along. The couple invited their immediate family members to take part in the gender reveal at Stork Vision.
Eyes were anything but dry, filled with tears of joy and ears filled with bliss after hearing the baby’s beating heart.
“It’s a boy!” revealed owner and sonographer Jillian Rogers, RDMS.
Spindler said she was expecting a boy.
“That’s what Curtis wanted. He kind of knew,” said Spindler who will be a first-time mom.
Sandley said he just had a sense that they’d have a son.
“It kind of just confirmed my predictions,” said Sandley. “I was pretty confident it was a boy.”
The expecting parents say it’s exciting to see the baby more real than ever before.
“You can see it a lot a better you can see their eyes and the nose and the hands,” said Spindler. “It’s cleared from what the baby looks like from the regular ultrasound.”
What used to be an obscure outline is now giving mom and dad a connection with their son even before he’s born.
“Not only do they get to see their baby, they get to see their baby in a whole new way, a new way that puts more dimension into a baby so you can see more of who is he’s going to look like. Is it going to have dad’s nose, mom’s mouth that kind of deal. Whereas the normal grayscale you can kind of get those features but it’s very flat, very black and white,” said Rogers.
She said the experience basically takes the medical out of an ultrasound and brings families together.
Several area hospitals including Mayo Clinic Health System and Sacred Heart Hospital also offer the 3D/4D option. Mayo Clinic says it uses it under diagnostic circumstances to detect abnormalities. Sacred Heart says most people head to a clinic to do their ultrasound instead of the hospital.
In terms of non-medical ultrasounds, doctors didn’t express any concern with the technology but say you should research who is providing the service to you.