Would You Have an Ultrasound Party?

ParentingJanuary 2, 2013

By Kate Goodin
There are lots of creative ways to announce the sex of your baby to friends and family, from a simple Facebook post to a gender cake party. For parents-to-be who are (very) open to sharing pregnancy news, the latest trend: throwing an ultrasound party.

Plus: Fun Old Wives' Tales to Predict Gender

Licensed ultrasound techs across the country have formed side businesses in parties where they bring a mobile ultrasound machine and perform a sonogram for the mom-to-be and guests (often with drinks and snacks in hand). At $100-$350 a pop, they're not exactly cheap. Most of the parties are given for the gender reveal, but some are just an occasion for people to see the baby up close. "It's more of an experience and less of an in-and-out procedure," said Teena Gold to TODAY Moms, who is one half of a partnership that runs Babyface & More, which provides ultrasounds at parties.

Plus: Test Out our Chinese Gender Predictor

Some doctors question the idea of ultrasound parties: "What if the ultrasonographer started the ultrasound and there was no heartbeat?" said Arkansas OB-GYN Dr. Amber Sills. But Christy Foster of Babyface & More said that if they see anything that warrants a follow-up, they tell the mother-to-be in private. More likely it's pleasant surprises that they share with their patients: one of their clients discovered she was having twins at an ultrasound party.

Would you have an ultrasound party? Have you ever been to one?

More from Parenting.com:
Hilarious New Year's Resolutions from Kids
Top Baby Name Trends of 2013

Curl Styling Tips

From Shaneice Parkin, aka Natural Neiicey — and she ought to know.

2016 Mortgage Rates Take Huge Dip - 3.20% APR

Rates now at 3.20% APR - $250K mortgage for $923/mo. Process is easy & quotes are free! (3.20% APR 5/1 ARM). Calculate new payment now.

Last chance in Loudoun!

Virginia Manor’s final phase offers expansive homesites on a quiet street backed by mature hardwoods. From the $630s.

Always be trading with every possible advantage.

Trade Stocks & ETFs. Get exclusive tools. And pay $7.95 for online U.S. equity trades—less than TD Ameritrade, Schwab, and E*Trade. Open an account.

2016 Dodge Trucks

See what's new for Dodge for 2016! Search for dodge truck deals.

"Shark Tank" Star's Brilliant Mortgage Payoff Tip

Star of "Shark Tank" shares 3 crucial rules on paying off mortgage. Homeowners interested in paying off mortgage ASAP, have to read this now.