Benefits of 3D 4D Ultrasound
There are a number of studies that suggest 3D/4D ultrasound may enhance the pregnancy experience. Research on the impact of 3D/4D ultrasound on parental-fetal bonding suggests that these images do indeed positively change the attitude of expecting parents because they enhance the parental-fetal bond, reducing anxiety in parents, and also increasing the awareness of taking care of one’s own health (Pretorius et al, 2007, journal of ultrasound in medicine).
In a study of 100 patients who underwent 3D/4D ultrasound it was found that mothers who received 3D/4D ultrasound shared their ultrasonographic photographs with significantly more people than mothers receiving 2D US suggesting that parents may develop a larger support group after undergoing 3D/4D ultrasound (Ji et al, 2005, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology).
In a study of 520 non-pregnant physicians and sonographers who were questioned about 3D/4D ultrasound, it was found that 74% thought that the experience would offer reassurance to parents carrying normal fetuses, and 57% would like to have 3D/4D ultrasound done on their own pregnancy in the future (Pretorius et al, 2004, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine).
Experiencing the reactions of friends, family and clients who attend our Bonding sessions speaks for itself. From the client that observes that “she looks just like her sister did when she was born”, to the siblings who watch baby turn its head to follow their voices when they change position in the room, it cannot be denied as a valuable experience.
Often the family leaves the room on a noticeable high, talking about their impending new member all the way out the door and down the street.
There have been several reports of the Dad-to-be rushing to the computer “first thing” upon arriving home to back up the CD/DVD and calling their friends over for a viewing.
One of our first clients in Wollongong was an early childhood care worker who was a bit unsure as to what to expect from a Bonding ultrasound. At the conclusion of the session she said, “you know, it really is a Bonding thing”.
There are many more examples and much more evidence that indicates Bonding ultrasound has real benefits to the expectant families and will only increase in popularity.
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