Baby Bites
August, 2011 - Issue #82
Ultrasound Photography by Storks & Co. 254-8100
Ultrasound Photography by Storks & Co. 254-8100
photography by Laurie Sachs

What is a 4D Ultrasound?
A 4D Ultrasound (or 4D Live Motion Imaging) is the continuous three-dimensional scanning of your baby with a simultaneous visualization of the A, B and C planes. This revolutionary quad-beam technology, which obtains 3D images in real time, goes beyond the boundaries of traditional ultrasound so that you can see your baby moving in 3D.

Storks & Co. can provide 4D ultrasound through live motion capture technology. They capture these treasured images on DVD, CD-ROM and photographs. By providing you with high-quality digital images, it's easy to share your ultrasounds with friends and relatives via the internet. The optimal time for a 4D ultrasound is between 26 and 33 weeks of gestation.

A note on safety: Ultrasound has been in use for over 35 years and no harmful effects have ever been shown from responsible use. Reputable and responsible 3D/4D Ultrasound Centers limit scanning time to those much less than a typical 2D diagnostic scan. A 3D/4D ultrasound uses the same exact power levels as the traditional 2D ultrasound and the FDA sets the standard level that is safe. While it is sometimes argued by healthcare providers that 3D/4D ultrasounds are not necessary, studies have shown a profoundly positive impact on parents and the benefits to the pregnancy are significant. When expectant mothers are allowed to see a realistic view into the womb, the pregnancy becomes more real and often causes mothers to take better care of themselves. Fathers, extended family and siblings enjoy the experience of viewing a 4D ultrasound session as well.
Storks & Co.; 254-8100

Keep the Fireworks Going
Babies are Expensive, but Mattress Covers are Free!
In honor of your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy, ABC Baby Furniture wants to give you a free waterproof mattress cover when you purchase a crib and mattress (free cover while supplies last). This offer can't be combined with other offers. See store for details; 775-0360

Henry Mayo NICU Slated for 2011 Opening
Donation Opportunities still Available
In the Santa Clarita Valley community we pride ourselves on being good parents. We get help when we need it and essentially do our best to ensure we have a healthy pregnancy. But even in the best of circumstances, sometimes babies need extra care. That's when it's reassuring to know that Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's Maternity Unit will soon be equipped with a Level II state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU - slated to open later this year - will care for critically-ill newborns who need intensive care and hemodynamic monitoring. Donations directed towards the tiniest of patients are greatly appreciated;
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