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post #21 of 36

Please excuse me if this is not the correct place to post my questions, I'm not good with these things! Blessings to all you Mama's!

post #22 of 36
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EarthySister, a lot of places do keepsake ultrasounds- ie some malls, stand alone stores. I would look around and find a reputable place, because not knowing the possibility for negative effects of an ultrasound, you at least want someone who knows what they're doing. I've heard those types of places do appointments, but no dr referral needed.
post #23 of 36
A lot of pregnancy crisis centers offer free ultrasounds.
And from what I've read that blood test that can detect the gender is pretty expensive, not sure how ins comes into play with all that...
post #24 of 36
Pregnancy crisis centers would only do early/dating ultrasounds (IME)
post #25 of 36
The one I went to was fantastic. They let you do classes to earn points which you could then buy baby clothes and diapers from them. Annd they offered to give me an U/S to determine the sex. So I guess it can vary a lot.
post #26 of 36

Thank you! 

post #27 of 36
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Originally Posted by RorysMum View Post
 

Juts got my urine strips (10 parameter) in the mail. I'm sending some out to one lady from this forum and two others from a UC facebook group. Let me know if there are any more that would be able to use some. I'm not charging anything as I am only sending them regular mail (and I really just don't want to throw the 80 extras away). Most people have been asking for around 5. PM me if you can use some. 

 

Cheers 


If you still have the strips, I'd love to have some! I didn't want to buy a bottle of 100 either :)

post #28 of 36

I went for one prenatal visit with the midwives at an OB office and I was so disgusted with the way I was treated that it spurred me to make the leap to UC and mostly UP. DH really wants to get an anatomy scan done at the halfway mark to make sure there are no major birth defects that would complicate a homebirth. Has anyone had success getting only the ultrasound with no prior prenatal care at an office? My former homebirth midwife suggested one of the free standing gender-predictor ultrasound places, but I don't know how much they would notice in the way of something being wrong. I guess I could schedule one prenatal around 15-16 weeks, then schedule the follow up anatomy scan for 19-20 weeks, then quit going unless an issue comes up. Would that work? I don't want trouble but I also don't want to go every few weeks just for them to measure and listen (all things I can do myself).

post #29 of 36
That would probably work, the only issue I could see is that whoever you schedule the 15-16 week appt with is going to want to see your records. So then you've got a choice to make. Be honest about UP and bring your own records, say you haven't felt it was necessary until now.... IDK what to tell ya there, but I'd be willing to bet, they're gonna want some sort of records.
post #30 of 36

Having your first visit around 15-16 weeks isn't unusual at all. I don't think you would need to explain anything.

post #31 of 36

I had a UP with my last/third and only UC baby. I know how to take care of my body, to eat right, I walked miles throughout the pregnancy because I didn't have a car at the time. I did have the midwife that I worked with for my second DD, listen to the baby's heart around 16 weeks, and as I was huge to check if it was twins (wasn't). One of my friends was a homebirth midwife at the time (since retired), so she had a feel and a listened to the heart at around 30 weeks, I wanted her to check that the baby was head down as my first child was a breech and consequently an elective c-section, he was head down. This midwife also came right after he was born to check him out. 

 

With my second child, I started my prenatals with a midwife at around 18 weeks.

post #32 of 36
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That would probably work, the only issue I could see is that whoever you schedule the 15-16 week appt with is going to want to see your records. So then you've got a choice to make. Be honest about UP and bring your own records, say you haven't felt it was necessary until now.... IDK what to tell ya there, but I'd be willing to bet, they're gonna want some sort of records.

It wouldn't be my first visit, actually. I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant at a routine pap so they did labs then. Then I went at 11 weeks where they were unable to hear the hb but did nothing else to confirm I was actually still pregnant and were very dismissive of my concerns. That's when I decided to forego their care and do it on my own. Dh really wants an ultrasound though. I imagine after obtaining that, we will quit going.
post #33 of 36
Oh so you'd be right on track then. I dont see them giving you any problems then.
post #34 of 36

Vanity US are not FDA approved and are not evidence based care. They are specifically not allowed to tell you if there is an anatomical problems or measurements.

They can only check gender and give you a peek at the face.

post #35 of 36

Here in Michigan, all of the places offering 3D/4D ultrasounds say that you must have a regular prenatal care provider before scheduling, etc.   I wonder if they actually check this, or just take your word for it?  I am not particularly attached to getting an ultrasound, but am considering it. 

post #36 of 36
The 3D place I went to in Michigan does not require a prescription or proof of medical care, AND they did more than just show the face and gender. The sonographer there is certified, with over a decade of experience, and works in an ob's office as well. Her name is Frankie. redface.gif Here is their contact info:

Baby's Image in 3D Ultrasound Studio
10683 South Saginaw Street
Suite C
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
www.babysimage3d.com
810-953-1533

I had a wonderful experience there and plan to use them during any other future pregnancies. Definitely recommend them. redface.gif
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