Being a newborn photographer, I have met some wonderful people in industries also servicing a similar population. I recently had the opportunity to meet with Crystal, owner of 3D BABY KISSES right here in North Las Vegas. I wanted a place to refer maternity and newborn clients for a 3D ultrasound and because I only refer places that I trust, I met with her to tour her gorgeous facility and to interview her about her business. This is THE place in the Las Vegas Valley to go for an elective ultrasound at any stage of pregnancy. Here is some of what I asked her about her studio as well as the answers to common questions expecting mamas will want to know:
How long has 3D Baby Kisses been in business?
We have been in business for 2 years.
Where are you located and what are your business hours?
We are at 740 E. Dorrell Ln #170 , North Las Vegas, NV 89084 and are open Monday- Saturday 10 am-6pm and Sundays from 11am-3pm.
I know that at this time, you, personally do all of the ultrasounds. What qualifications do you have for this?
Yes, I do all the ultrasounds myself. I have been a certified Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for four years specializing in 3d/4d ultrasound the past two years.
What is a 3D ultrasound and how is it different from an ultrasound in my doctor’s office?
3D is An Elective Ultrasound that expectant parents choose to do not requiring a prescription or order from a Medical Doctor. It has been proven to provide a positive bonding experience for the Mother, Father and family members with the unborn baby. The realistic surface images provide a connection between the parents and the baby that can be beneficial to the whole family. A routine medical examination should have been performed by your health care professional to access the Gestational Age of the fetus and to evaluate for fetal anomalies as well as basic components of fetal anatomy. Expectant parents often choose elective 3D/4D ultrasounds to see their unborn baby in clear live 4D views that you just don’t get with traditional 2D Ultrasound. Many expectant parents feel that one diagnostic ultrasound during a pregnancy is just not enough!
2D is the black and white pictures often acquired by your health care professional and they are 2 Dimensional plane or a slice of anatomy. The 3D and 4D Ultrasounds render a surface image which is a very realistic live image of your baby and all of his/her features and movements. The 3D is a still photo and the 4D is a video loop showing the movement baby in 3D.
Is ultrasound safe?
Extensive studies have found that Ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to baby or mother. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now normal throughout the United States. 3D/4D scanning uses the same type and intensity of ultrasound as with conventional 2D scanning.
What gestational age is the best time for a 3D ultrasound?
We find the best time to obtain the most accurate and dramatic 3D/4D Pictures is between 26 and 32 weeks during this time the baby is developing fat layers and muscles that fill in their features and structures. Beyond 34 weeks it starts getting too crowded to obtain the best images.
How early can I find out if my baby is a boy or a girl?
We can see and determine the Gender as early as 14 Weeks, and we recommend between 14 to 20 weeks for gender determinations.
What is your accuracy rate for gender scans?
We guarantee all our gender checks. If we are not 100% accurate, you will receive a FREE 3d/4d ultrasound.
What happens if my baby does not cooperate for good photos or to determine gender?
We strive to provide our guests with the best experience possible but there are times when baby is not ready for their close up. Whether you come in for a gender reveal or 3D/4D ultrasound if baby is shy we will offer you a re-scan visit at no extra cost!
Do you have any tips to share to get the best ultrasound results?
A few tips DRINK! DRINK! DRINK! Drink plenty of water prior to your appointment. Many times, moms think this means a full bladder; it does not. To obtain a 3D/4D ultrasound, our waves need to travel through fluid. More fluid in front of baby’s face, means better quality of pictures. If a baby is right up against the placenta or the side of the uterus, the waves have to travel through these to and back from the face, causing a cloudy look. It usually takes 2-4 days for fluid to reach the uterus from drinking, which is why we ask that you increase the water intake the ENTIRE week before. Eat or drink whatever you wish before you come in many swear by Mt. Dew, Orange Juice, or even coffee, but really it depends on the baby. We’ve seen babies sleeping away soundly after 2 cups of coffee, and some dancing a jig with nothing different. Do whatever you feel comfortable doing and what you feel like might help.
Can I bring in my extended family or my other children to view the ultrasound?
We encourage all our guests to bring family and friends to enjoy this special moment. We have plenty of room with four comfy couches and a large viewing screen.
Do you offer walk-in appointments?
We do offer walk-ins but prefer you make an appointment to reduce your wait time.
Do you sell any other items that might be of interest to women who are expecting?
We offer a variety of gifts and keepsakes for many expecting moms. Keep your baby’s heartbeat forever with a cute heart shaped recorder. We carry soft and cuddly teddy bears that hold your baby’s recorded heartbeat available in tan, pink or blue. Picture frames in a variety of colors and sizes. We also have diaper cakes, booties and shoes that make a great gift for any baby shower.
Why did you start this business?
I have always seen myself in the medical field working with babies. It was either being in the room while the baby was born as a nurse or capturing their precious faces while still in the womb. It seems that fate took me down the path as a sonographer. I never knew how much I would grow to love my career until I was pregnant with my son. It gave me an opportunity to check up or see him whenever I wanted. This is when I first became aware that 3d/4d ultrasound even existed. When I went in for my appointment, I was amazed by how advanced ultrasound has become and what a great way to bond with my son before he arrived. I knew right there and then I could do this the rest of my way. The following year I opened up 3D Baby Kisses 3d/4d ultrasound.
Where can I find more information online about your pricing and packages?
We offer very affordable pricing and have many packages available including multiple visits. For more information you can visit our pricing page HERE
Do you ever run specials or discounts? If so, how can I hear about those?
We offer teachers, fire, police and medical professionals 10% off services with ID. Military families receive 20% off services with military id. We offer many specials throughout the year which are announced on our website, or follow us on FACEBOOK
How can I contact you to book an appointment?
We offer two convenient ways to make your appointment. You can call us directly at (702)642-2229 or you can make your appointment online HERE.