|Q: Can my 3D/4D ultrasound session
at First Glimpse replace the ultrasound I have scheduled with my healthcare
A: No. Our 3D/4D ultrasound sessions are done on an elective
basis and are NOT designed to replace the diagnostic ultrasound done
as part of your routine prenatal care. In fact, you must be under
the care of an obstetrician and have had at least one diagnostic ultrasound
before you come to First Glimpse for your 3D/4D experience. Our 3D/4D
sessions are elective and are NOT designed to diagnose maternal or
fetal health problems. They are a beautiful way to see and bond with
your baby before birth – the memories will be forever captured
on DVD and the pictures will be preserved on CD for sharing with family
Q: Is a 3D/4D ultrasound safe for mother and baby?
A: Yes. 3D/4D ultrasound uses the same sound wave technology
that is used for the 2D ultrasounds that have been proven safe and
effective for obstetrics for years.
Q: My doctor’s office offers 3D ultrasound –
is this different?
A: Although the technology is the same, the experience
is completely different. You may have noticed that most doctors’
offices schedule ultrasounds approximately 15 minutes apart, which
makes you feel rushed when you want to take time to experience the
excitement of seeing your baby. Our ultrasound sessions are never
scheduled less than 30 minutes apart. We do this so that we can
take time to provide the best experience possible for you and your
guests. We will do everything we can to obtain the best images possible
including providing cold beverages to mom, having mom walk around,
or repositioning mom if we need the baby to change positions. Most
doctors’ offices simply do not have the time to try to obtain
the best images possible for an “elective” procedure.
In addition, doctor’s offices have a very “clinical”
setting that isn’t very relaxing or enjoyable. At First Glimpse
your ultrasound will be done in a very warm, relaxed, spa-like setting.
Your entire session will be viewed on a 37” flat screen LCD
monitor so that everyone can see. In addition, our service includes
not only a DVD of your entire session, but most packages also include a CD with
ALL of the pictures we take during your session. Most obstetricians
print a limited number of pictures on “thermal” paper
– these images will fade out over time. A 3D/4D ultrasound
is not covered by insurance whether you have it done at your doctor’s
office or at First Glimpse. Our packages start at $99, which is
less than you would typically pay to have an additional “elective”
ultrasound at a physician’s office. Remember, however, that
this experience does NOT REPLACE a DIAGNOSTIC ultrasound done by
Q: Are there any discounts or special offers available?
A: Yes. We periodically offer discounts through our advertising
partners such as Georgia Family Magazine and Around Town North Macon
magazine. We also honor our military and teachers by offering
a 10% discount on ultrasound and massage packages with ID. In
addition, we have a featured prenatal product discounted each month.
Also, don't forget to refer your friends to First Glimpse.
Have them list you on the registration form as the person who
referred them.When you get three
referrals, you will receive a FREE ONE HOUR MASSAGE!
Q: Do I have to have an appointment for a 3D/4D ultrasound
session at First Glimpse?
A: Yes. We want everyone to have the best experience possible,
which means that we want to take the time to obtain the best images
possible. In order to accomplish this it is important that everyone
have an appointment so that our sonographer can spend that appropriate
amount of time with each client. We do usually have appointments
available on short notice though, so call us and we will try to make
arrangements for you.
Q: Will the 3D pictures of my baby always be clear?
A: We will do our absolute best to obtain clear images
of your baby. However, there are some circumstances that are out
of the control of our sonographer and may impact the quality of
your images. The position of the baby, the amniotic fluid level,
and the placental placement are all potential obstacles to capturing
clear images. We will take our time and try to overcome these issues
should they arise. We can give mom something cold to drink, have
mom walk around, or reposition mom to try to change the position
of the baby. Staying well hydrated during the 10-14 days prior to
your ultrasound session is the most effective way to avoid obstruction
associated with amniotic fluid level.
Q: Can I bring guests to my ultrasound session?
A: Absolutely! We encourage you to bring guests to share
this memorable event with you. Siblings, parents, and friends are
always welcome at First Glimpse. This is truly a unique experience,
and sharing it with those close to you will make it even more special.
We have room for approximately 3-4 guests in the ultrasound room.
In addition, we have a separate viewing area in the back room with a
large flat screen TV and chairs so that more guests can sit there
Q: How far into my pregnancy should I be to have a 3D/4D
ultrasound at First Glimpse?
A: We have packages starting as early as 16 weeks. We recommend
our gender determination 2D/3D/4D package from 16-22 weeks. Our
3D/4D 30 minute sessions are typically best from 24-34 weeks. Because
your baby is changing so much during that time frame, many people
will decide to have two 3D/4D sessions between weeks 24 and 34.
Try to call approximately two to three weeks before your desired
appointment date to ensure availability during your optimal time
frame. However, if you are unable to call that far in advance,
we will still probably have something available that will work for
Q: How long is an ultrasound session at First Glimpse?
A: Our 2D/3D/4D session is 15-20 minutes long although
we set aside 30 minutes for the session so that we can take the
time to get the best images possible, which may mean that we need
to reposition mom or give her something cold to drink. After your
session, you will need approximately 10-15 minutes to select the
pictures you want to print (remember that most packages also
your pictures on CD.)
Our 3D/4D sessions are 30 minutes in length although we set aside
45 minutes for the session so that we can take our time and get the
best images possible. In addition, you will need 10-15 minutes after your session to
select the pictures you want printed – although most packages also
include a picture CD with all of the images obtained during your
Q: Is your massage therapist well qualified to do Prenatal
A: Absolutely! All reputable massage therapy studios have
Certified Massage Therapists (CMT). However, during a typical massage
therapy training program prenatal massage is only scarcely covered.
In order to be specifically certified to do “Prenatal”
Massage, a therapist should have had ADDITIONAL training in prenatal
massage beyond that which was part of his/her CMT program. Our massage
therapist attended the Kate Jordan Seminar “Bodywork for the
Childbearing Year” which is a nationally recognized program
for training and certification of prenatal massage therapists. Whether
or not you choose First Glimpse for your prenatal massage needs,
please verify that your therapist is well-qualified in prenatal
Q: How early in my pregnancy can I schedule my gender
A: We offer gender determination packages beginning at 16
If we cannot identify the gender of your baby with
certainty, we will allow you to come back one week later at no
additional cost to you!
Q: When can I have a Prenatal Massage?
A: You can have a prenatal massage any time during the
second or third trimesters of pregnancy.
Q: Do I need a note from my doctor in order to schedule
an ultrasound appointment?
A: No, we do not require a note from your doctor.
However, we do require that you are under the care of an
obstetrician and that you have had at least one diagnostic
ultrasound prior to your First Glimpse experience.
Q: Can all pregnant women have prenatal massages?
A: If you are thought to be at risk for preterm labor or
if you are at increased risks for blood clots associated with your
pregnancy you should discuss prenatal massage therapy with your
Q: Do you offer gift certificates?
A: Yes! We have gift certificates available for any
package or for any dollar amount you would like. This is a
great gift for any expectant mother! Show how thoughtful you
are by surprising someone you love with a gift certificate for her
to get pampered with a prenatal massage, get an extra chance to see
her baby in 3d/4d clarity, or purchase great prenatal items.
With a gift certificate from First Glimpse, the choice is hers!