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No children under 12 at ultrasound "Sate Law"???

post #1 of 10
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I had an appointment for a second ultrasound (first appointment the baby wouldn't cooperate for one measurement) so I went back a week later and was excited for the chance to bring my super laid-back 6 year old son.

 

Upon arrival i was asked if i had someone to sit with him because he was't allowed in the room during the scan. I begged for an exception but the manager said "state law is 'no children under 12'." she was very kind to make an exception to let him stay in the waiting room and watch cartoons since they weren't very busy.  The next day I mentioned this to 5 of my mom friends (all with many kids) and they said they had NEVER heard of such a law and have taken kids under 12 to many of their ultrasounds - one as recent as 18months ago.

 

So what gives?  Is this really a state law or were they just saying that to make it an easy argument.  In the end my son was content and very well behaved in the waiting room (just as I expected).

 

I can't imagine what a single mom with no local help would do in a situation like that except to hire a stranger to watch her older kid.

 

any insight or experience? i'm curious and kinda bummed he missed out.

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I had an appointment for a second ultrasound (first appointment the baby wouldn't cooperate for one measurement) so I went back a week later and was excited for the chance to bring my super laid-back 6 year old son.

 

Upon arrival i was asked if i had someone to sit with him because he was't allowed in the room during the scan. I begged for an exception but the manager said "state law is 'no children under 12'." she was very kind to make an exception to let him stay in the waiting room and watch cartoons since they weren't very busy.  The next day I mentioned this to 5 of my mom friends (all with many kids) and they said they had NEVER heard of such a law and have taken kids under 12 to many of their ultrasounds - one as recent as 18months ago.

 

So what gives?  Is this really a state law or were they just saying that to make it an easy argument.  In the end my son was content and very well behaved in the waiting room (just as I expected).

 

I can't imagine what a single mom with no local help would do in a situation like that except to hire a stranger to watch her older kid.

 

any insight or experience? i'm curious and kinda bummed he missed out.


I highly doubt that is state law.  I would ask to see some documentation of said law. 

post #3 of 10

When I was pregnant with DS, I had to take my then 2-year-old DD with me to each appointment. I had no one around to watch her for me. I had to have many ultrasounds because of multiple complications. At the first one due to complications, not the initial one (to confirm dates, heartbeat, etc), the radiologist got quite snarky with me because I wasn't allowed to bring DD with me. No one told me she couldn't come. So, I got quite snarky back at her and explained I had no choice and that she had to come. No one really told me why. I assume it was because she would have been unattended while I was supine, and maybe it was a liability issue. At one appointment, she dumped Cheerios all over the floor. :Sheepish Anyway, I was never told it was the law. I agree with swede. Ask them to prove it.

post #4 of 10

I, too, brought my younger children to several level II ultra sounds with my last pregnancy.  I am really surprised that anyone would try to dissuade you.

post #5 of 10

I had to bring my oldest (than two) to the ultrasounds for her brother. She switched the main switch for all electricity (which was on the floor and nicely red and blinking (?!)  - which was kind of hilarious. But noone was angry with us ...

post #6 of 10
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I'm wondering if it IS law - it is a very recent one.  I have not called about it. I'm not really hugely upset - only at the potential that I was lied to.

post #7 of 10

I called to schedule my 20 week scan today and I mentioned that i would be brining my kids with me and there was no hesitation or push back.  I didn't expressly say, 'Is that ok?' but I made sure to mention it just in case they try to give me a hard time later...  

post #8 of 10
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I'm curious which company KatyLinda, American or advance? or something different?

post #9 of 10

Neither, my midwives use St Joe's Perinatal Associates for their ultrasounds.  I did take my 5 yr old to my 7 week scan with my 19 month old, so just over 2 years ago, and that was American Radiology I think.  There was no concern that she was with me.  She was not quite 3 at the time, so there was no way I would have left her in the waiting room even if they had tried to balk. 

post #10 of 10

Just to update, we had our ultrasound yesterday, took all 3 of my kids with me with no issues.  The Peri wasn't thrilled at first, but she softened up ;) We were there for nearly 2 hours and my kids were all really good, even the energetic 19 month old who got VERY bored by the end.  They even printed out a copy of the profile shot for each of the 3 siblings.  

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