Plus, I like going with my gut (which is saying girl) and seeing if we're right or not (dh also thinks girl). We were right about ds so we'll see this time around if we are again...
I like knowing. Good thing too, as I was convinced DS2 was a girl, until my 22wk u/s.
mom to Reaghan born underwater into midwife's hands 1/17/07 & Myra born surrounded by doulas and midwife at home 1/12/09. Birth Educator, and Photographer, Baby #3 Coming May 2013!
If I choose to have the "standard diagnostic" u/s done, I will not have a choice as the 2 hospitals that perform the test in my city have a policy of not telling the gender due to possible litigation. There is also no way of me "peeking" as policy has the tech keeping the screen away from the parents until all diagnostics have been preformed. The screen is only turned toward the parents when the "tour" is shown and most techs will scan over that region so quickly you can't tell anyway.
If I need to have subsequent u/s, I may be able to find out the gender through fetal assesment. But then again, it depends on the tech. The tech will also only give that information if both parents request it.
The only way I can find out the gender is to pay to have a private, non-medical u/s done. Around here its $500. An expense that isn't worth it to me (doctor/midwife requested u/s is covered my Medicare here).
The only difference I see in knowing the gender is in picking the name. My son wore mostly sleepers the first few months and we decorated his room to be gender neutral and functional until he reaches an age to care.
Me too! I'm a also a major knowledge hoarder. I collect info about anything that I could possibly need or want....so baby info is a definite need for me. lol
Loving wife to an amazing SAHD : Mommy to Aviendha 01/19/09
Christine (wife, mom, doula for 8 years, and midwifery student)
DD12, DS10, DS7, DS4.5, DS2.5, & #6, a boy, due mid-Sept. plan 5th home waterbirth
My midwife wanted me to schedule the u/s later rather than earlier... I'm going to be on my honeymoon week 20 and was going to try to go beforehand, but she advised against it to be sure...
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Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10