The Anatomy Ultrasound is NOT a gender ultrasound as so many women think. Often one will hear a woman complain because the doctor didn’t spend much time double checking if her baby is a boy or a girl. It is important to keep in mind that is not the purpose of this particular scan. Reality is if a woman wants to know the gender and spend time staring at the bits and other areas of the baby, a woman should book an elective ultrasound. Anatomy ultrasounds are important in that they help assure and inform a doctor of the fetal well being.
During the anatomy ultrasound the doctor or technician will be looking for growth and abnormalities. There will be measurements of the fetal head, heart, femur bones, belly area as well as a close look at the fetal organs such as the kidneys and heart among other things. This ultrasound is important medically because it clues a doctor (or midwife) in on potential problems with the baby, so if the doctor does not spend a great deal of time trying or looking at the gender parts, a woman should be understanding. The anatomy ultrasound is NOT for that purpose. A woman can rest easy with a doctor who takes time in measuring the important things on her baby and should be grateful instead of angry or upset that the gender or other body parts were not looked at for as long as a woman wanted.
Elective ultrasounds allow a woman time to see her baby, and also allows family to be present should she choose in a comfortable relaxed environment with a trained registered Sonographer. Be aware that at elective places medical information will not be determined if there are issues with the baby and so on, these are purely for fun. A woman should NEVER go to an elective ultrasound place that does not have a trained Sonographer on hand. A woman can determine this by looking at the website, calling or asking to see credentials upon arrival. One highly recommended place is called Stork Vision, there are several throughout USA however a particular favorite is in Lawton, OK. Their work is amazing and the environment is one of peace and plain FUN, even if it is a drive to them it will be worth it! Check them out here. Stork Vision of Lawton, like most other elective places will do several sessions if a woman would like more than one and pictures, CDs, and DVDs of the ultrasound are often given as part of the package. It is GREAT FUN every pregnant woman should try it out!