I went in for my first US today for my baby boy! Yay! Very excited to know the gender and I think everything is good, so that part is OK.
However, I was very disappointed in the overall experience. It was conducted in the hospital, which I understand will be a different experience than my previous experience, who was a sonographer who travelled from place to place and had his main office in the same building as the birthing center where I gave birth. However, even he was not exclusively an OB sonographer.
First of all, I was very disappointed that because we had our young daughter with us, it was not allowed for my husband and my daughter to come view the US. I was told that if I have a future US, which will probably happen, that my husband can be allowed as long as we have child care arrangements and she is not there.
But even further, the screen was turned so that it was not ever visible to me during the US, only to the technician. It was so hurtful to hear their comments and laughter about the baby's movements and not be able to see them myself. In fact, I haven't seen any of this baby's movements at all.
I am assuming by most of the commentary that everything is fine, but the technician was very unresponsive on almost all of my questions. The purpose was a dating US because I was measuring a bit ahead of schedule, and when I asked how development looked (DD also measured ahead, but even US put her development a little ahead of schedule, as well), she flat out told me that they wouldn't be able to tell that by US - even though that was the very reason it was ordered! It was also the reason for both of my US in my previous pregnancy, and that technician had NO problem with offering information on developmental milestones/dating.
They do not do any kind of motion recording, and only offered me three still photos that they printed out from the US. I have two disks with tons of images and short videos from the two US I got during my first pregnancy.
At least, when they asked me if I wanted to know the gender and I asked if they could wait and tell me and my husband together, they did this so he found out at the same time I did.
Has anyone ever had a similar experience? I was shocked and hurt - even during my one miscarriage which was kind of a sudden thing for me, the doctor showed me the US screen and explained what he was seeing, even though then I really didn't feel like I wanted or needed to see any of the US images. So I was taken completely aback by this experience today.