Anyone NOT doing the 20 week anatomy scan?
I am not sure. It will cost us, and I'm not sure its worth it from a are-they-okay in there kinda way (I mean, I'm 26, I eat ok, I have no family history of issues, and the other two were fine). And last time I ruined the surprise for myself 'cause I'm just so educated and nosey, so if I did do it I'd find out anyway. So, on the fence too. Its basically a very expensive photo op at this point.
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We did a $50 five min gender scan at one of the boutique ultrasound places a couple days ago so we've seen the baby and know we are having a girl. Heartbeat was great and I'm feeling movement. My midwives may want me to go since I'm a vbac and they check my scar bit I've had two successful vbacs so far so I might decline. I've called around but of course the cheapest radiology place doesn't let you watch and doesn't even print out pics. To do it at the hospital I'll deliver at is $1800...
Whoa! $1800??? Mine is only going to be $190, and that's without insurance.
That 20 week anatomy scan saved my sons life.
We are doing it, too. They do it routinely at my midwives' practice, and I definitly want to know if there is something to watch for- placenta-wise, heart or organ-wise. fluid, etc. I trust my midwives, though, that is a big part of it- I know that they will not be worried unless its something to be worried about: they are more likely to downplay things than upgrade stress. But also, we are just dying to see the little thing! I had it with my last baby, and we still managed to be surprised- if the baby isn't placed just right, it would take some work to figure out the appendages!
the kidney thing is the only thing that has me interested in it maybe. A friend was able to get her daughter's kidney issues diagnosed when she was 5 from the US pictures, and it made it easier for thier pedi to figure out what was wrong with the little girl. But we have no history of any such issues in our own family.....
My husband had a very serious heart defect that was genetic, so there is always the possibility of passing it on. I want to know. For me the anatomy scan is more important than the gender part. We found out the gender, but I wouldn't inflict ultrasound on my baby just for gender. But I will to make sure we have everything we need to know in case of a problem Also I had a pretty serious placental issue with DD, so I want to keep on top of what's going on with that. I will not do a 3D or 4D scan, I think that they are much worse, and boutique places scare me, how trained are those people?
I am going later this week for the anatomy scan. I am a first time VBAC, so I have decided to make the 2 hr drive so that the anatomy scan can be done by the back-up OB of the midwives that will be delivering the baby. He is a VBAC and high-risk specialist. I want to know if there are any issues now, esp. if they will affect delivery.
Now I will say for DS, at his 20 wk anatomy can, he had a "physiological finding" regarding his kidney with too much fluid. The OB said not to worry about it, that it usually resolves on its own, and it did...but it sure did cause me to worry. I didn't enjoy the unnecessary worry and concern and the nervousness with every ultrasound...and we had a lot near the end. I seem to remember it being almost every appt was an ultrasound.
If I were not a VBAC, I would consider skipping the anatomy scan just for that reason - trying to avoid unnecessary worry.
Either way, I am hoping this will be the last ultrasound for this pregnancy. I do LOVE being able to peek in and see the baby, but for the babe's sake I rather not over do it this time.
Wow, I'm surprised that you ladies have to pay for it out of your own pockets!
Well, they just changed the rules here to offer a basic scan that does not include the anatomy scan. Before everyone automatically got one. But I'm so glad I went with the anatomy. I already mentioned this in the chat threat, but we found out the baby had a single umbilical artery which *could* indicate further problems. If there are any, I'd want to know before hand so we can make decisions about what to do before the baby comes and have time to deal with it emotionally.
Talked to my midwife yesterday. She said there is no data that says the outcome is better for low risk moms and babies after having the anatomy scan. So I'm cancelling my appointment. I didn't really want to go anyway. The cheap place doesn't let mom watch or print pictures and it would still cost us about $400.