Would you have an ultrasound party?

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Would you have an ultrasound party?
Thu, 01-03-2013 - 3:13pm

A growing trend among pregnant woman is to have an ultrasound party with their family and friends.  It allows them to have a sneak peak of the baby while some are using them to do a gender reveal party.  There is some controversy over the idea, worries that the baby could have a problem: 

Sills points out that ultrasounds have traditionally been used to diagnose chromosomal disorders, malformations, and to aid in estimating fetal weight or the amount of amniotic fluid -- not for entertainment value.

“Revealing gender has never been a reason to do an ultrasound," she said.

You can read the complete article at: http://www.today.com/moms/ultrasound-parties-new-frontier-pregnancy-oversharing-1C7753058

The ultrasounds are done by techs, but not at a doctor's office.  They recommend that you have your standard ultrasound at your ob/gyn's beforehand, and will not do any type of diagnosis.  According to the article though, that's not to say that they wouldn't strongly recommend that you see your doctor immediately.  

I'm not sure how I feel about them, the ultrasound always seems like a private, special time and I'd be afraid that so many people would be awkward.  Would this be something you would consider doing?

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Wed, 01-09-2013 - 9:27pm

This definitely wouldn't be ideal for my DH and I. Especially since we weren't able to find out Selin's gender at our 20w u/s since she wouldn't cooperate so with this one, I'm not holding my breath that we're going to find out for sure at the u/s.

I do think the u/s should be a private thing between couples or maybe couples and close relatives and siblings of the baby but a room full of people seems to be a bit much. With Selin, it was just DH and I at the u/s and this time we will be bringing Selin with so she can get a sneak peak at the baby as well. 

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Wed, 01-30-2013 - 12:47pm
No. Not me. We don't find out the gender, so it would kind of boring for others. Plus, I would be SO scared that something would be wrong (no heartbeat or something less dramatic), and I would be surrounded by shocked and sad relatives. No...doesn't sound fun to me.