Frequently Asked Questions

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Experience the wonder of seeing your baby in stunning 3D/5D and HD with UC Baby®!

Founded and led by a medical doctor, we’ve been at the forefront of bringing this revolutionary technology to expectant parents in Canada since 2003.

With 28 convenient locations across Canada, our 3D ultrasound services and gender blood tests provide an unparalleled glimpse into your baby’s world. Discover the joy of bonding with your little one before they even arrive.


Frequently Asked Questions: UC Baby Ultrasound

  1. What sets UC BABY apart from the rest?

    Discover the UC BABY® difference! As the first and most established advanced pregnancy ultrasound service provider in Canada, we’re experts at capturing stunning ultrasound images of your baby using cutting-edge technology. Our commitment to excellence is unparalleled, thanks to our founder Dr. Tina I. Ureten, MD, Ph.D., who has set the bar high for quality service.

    Beyond our medical expertise, we’re also parents ourselves, understanding the importance of treasuring moments with loved ones during ultrasound sessions. At UC BABY®, it’s not just about providing keepsake images – it’s about creating an unforgettable celebration of your family’s miracle.

    With a team of internationally trained medical professionals and nurturing environments, we ensure that every visit is a joyful and heartwarming experience for you and your family. Come experience the magic of UC BABY® and create lasting memories with your little one!

    Learn more: UC Baby Celebrates 20 Years of Serving Canadian Families

  2. Is 3D Ultrasound safe?

    Wondering about the safety of 3D ultrasounds for you and your baby? Rest assured, there’s no difference in safety between 3D ultrasound, HD 5D ultrasound, and traditional 2D ultrasounds. They all use the same type of sound waves, with the software making the difference in the final images.

    Ultrasound technology has been safely used on pregnant women since the 1960s, and there’s no reliable scientific data showing any harm to mom or baby. In fact, it’s a crucial part of prenatal care, allowing healthcare providers to monitor your baby’s well-being using safe sound waves.

    On average, moms-to-be have between 2 to 5 ultrasound examinations during a normal pregnancy, without limitations for high-risk pregnancies. Your baby’s health is our top priority – trust in the safety and effectiveness of ultrasound technology for monitoring their development.

  3. What are 3D ultrasounds, 4D ultrasounds, and HD 5D ultrasounds?

    Experience the next level of ultrasound technology with our 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, and HD 5D ultrasound.  Say goodbye to flat, one-dimensional images and hello to multi-dimension and stunning color applications that provide a whole new perspective on your ultrasound experience.

    2D ultrasound only shows one slice image from the body. Our state-of-the-art 3D technology sweeps through the body, capturing multiple images and processing them into a comprehensive volume image. And with 4D, you’re not just seeing still images – you’re witnessing a real-time ultrasound movie of your baby, with incredible details that bring the experience to life.

    But we don’t stop there. Our advanced HD ultrasound takes it even further, creating unbelievably clear images and live videos that elevate the entire ultrasound process to what we call 5D ultrasounds.

    Learn More: 2D, 3D, 4D, and HD 5D ultrasounds

  4. How do 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, and HD 5D ultrasound work?

    Discover the magic of 3D ultrasound, 4D ultrasound, and HD 5D ultrasounds and witness your baby’s development like never before! Unlike traditional ultrasounds that send sound waves in a straight line, these advanced techniques capture stunning images from multiple angles around your baby. These different angles permit a three-dimensional still photo of the developing baby.

    With 4D ultrasound, experience the fourth dimension – time – through captivating videos created from 3D images. With state-of-the-art 5D or HD ultrasound, witness realistic views of your little one brought to life by cutting-edge software. Immerse yourself in the wonder of pregnancy with these incredible imaging technologies.

  5. Are you curious about who will handle your 3D ultrasound/4D ultrasound/HD 5D ultrasound sessions?

    At UC BABY®, we take pride in our team of experienced ultrasound professionals specializing in obstetric pregnancy ultrasounds. Our dedicated staff undergoes additional 3D/HD training to ensure the highest level of service and expertise. With years of medical training and experience, you can trust that you’re in good hands.

    Leading the way is our founder and president, Dr. Tina Ureten, a seasoned medical doctor with over 30 years of invaluable expertise in the field. Dr. Ureten’s extensive knowledge and high standards set the foundation for UC BABY® clinics, ensuring parents receive an unmatched experience.

    Furthermore, our team consists of 17 internationally trained medical doctors who are passionate about delivering exceptional 3D/HD ultrasound services at each location. Rest assured that when you choose UC BABY®, you’re placing your trust in a team committed to providing the best care for you and your baby.

    Our history of serving Canadian families for more than 20 years is a testament to our commitment to exceptional service.

    Learn More: UC Baby’s 20-year Milestone

  6. Can 3D ultrasound/4D ultrasound/HD 5D ultrasound sessions always give good pictures of the baby’s face?

    It’s not guaranteed, but we go the extra mile to capture the best images possible. Factors like the baby’s position, fluid levels, placenta location, and more can affect image quality. But don’t worry – if we can’t get a clear view or determine the gender in the first session, we’ll book you for a repeat session at no extra cost. We’re committed to giving you the best experience possible.

    Learn more: Getting the Best 3D Ultrasound Images

  7. Which factors play a role in the quality of the 3D ultrasound/4D ultrasound/HD 5D ultrasound images?

    The clarity of your ultrasound images is important, and at our locations, we use only the most advanced equipment. Our licensed technicians are not only skilled in operating this cutting-edge technology but also have extensive experience working with expectant mothers. While there are factors beyond our control that could affect image quality, rest assured that we go above and beyond to ensure your images exceed expectations.

    There are other uncontrollable factors that could have an impact on image quality.

    • Baby’s Position
      Capturing the perfect baby face pictures is all about getting the right angle. If your little one is facing toward your spine, it can be challenging to snap those adorable front-facing shots. But don’t worry. We are here to work with you and your baby to ensure we get those precious photos. Sometimes, things like the placenta, umbilical cord, or tiny hands and feet can get in the way of a clear picture-perfect moment. Plus, the position of the placenta can also affect how the overall images turn out. We understand these challenges and are ready to help you overcome them for stunning results.
    • Amniotic Fluid
      Did you know that the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby’s face can make a real difference in the clarity of ultrasound images? With our advanced technology, more fluid around the facial area means even more stunning and detailed pictures for you to cherish. Schedule your session now and see the magic for yourself!
    • Thickness of Maternal Tissue
      At our clinic, we understand the importance of capturing this precious moment with clarity and precision. That’s why we recommend waiting until around 26-27 weeks for expecting mothers, as this ensures optimal image quality. Our state-of-the-art technology accounts for varying tissue thickness, guaranteeing an unforgettable glimpse of your little one. Book your session and treasure this beautiful keepsake forever.
    • Baby’s movement
      This could possibly decrease the quality of the 3D ultrasound pictures, especially if the movement is constant. While a baby’s movements can impact image quality, our skilled technicians know just how to capture those precious moments. Whether it’s catching an adorable pose or removing any obstructions, we’re here to ensure you get the beautiful images you’ve been dreaming of.

    The quality of your baby’s first portraits is anything but predictable. Get ready to be amazed as our skilled technicians capture every precious detail with precision and expertise. It’s all about creating the perfect environment in the ultrasound room – from checking your baby’s position to ensuring optimal amniotic fluid levels. Let us bring you unforgettable moments of joy and wonder with stunning 3D ultrasound / HD 5D ultrasound images.

    Learn more: Getting the Best 3D Ultrasound Images

  8. When is the best time for 3D/HD 5D ultrasound?

    Experience the wonder of seeing your baby’s development with our range of ultrasound services. From the early stages at 10 to 16 weeks, when you can capture those incredible first movements in clear and realistic 2D images, to the later stages, where you can witness every detail of your baby’s precious face from 17 to 34 weeks.

    Want to see chubby cheeks, full lips, and adorable facial expressions? Book your ultrasound between 29 to 34 weeks for the best views! And if you’re expecting twins, don’t miss out on the opportunity to capture their bond between 23-26 weeks with our specialized 3D/HD 5D ultrasound session.

  9. Will I be able to find out the gender of my baby during the 2D/3D/4D/5D/HD ultrasound session?

    Are you eager to discover the gender of your baby? With our advanced 2D ultrasound/ 3D ultrasound/4D ultrasound/HD 5D ultrasound sessions, you can do just that. In as little as 16 weeks, our techniques can reveal your baby’s gender with even greater accuracy after 18 weeks. While we strive for precision, factors like the baby’s position, amniotic fluid, cord location, and mother’s body type can play a role.

    Worried about missing out? Don’t be! If we’re unable to determine the gender during your session, we’ll provide a complimentary repeat session. Learn more about our gender reveal services here:

    Learn more: Gender Reveal Services

  10. What is Early Pregnancy Gender Reveal Blood Test and how early I can book it?

    Discover the magic of knowing your baby’s gender earlier than ever with our Early Pregnancy Gender Reveal Blood Test. Our revolutionary, needle-free and painless test can determine your baby’s gender as early as 7 weeks, with results available in just 72 hours.

    Using only a few drops of blood from your shoulder, this state-of-the-art process ensures the safety of both you and your baby. Plus, after 16 weeks, you may return for a comprehensive gender reveal through a pregnancy ultrasound session.

    Learn more: Early Reveal Gender Test

  11. Can I have the 3D ultrasound/ HD 5D ultrasound scan if I DO NOT want to find out the gender?

    Discover the magic of 3D ultrasound/4D ultrasound/HD 5D ultrasound scans without the need to reveal the gender! Our gender determination is completely optional, giving you the freedom to keep it a surprise. Rest assured, our skilled technicians are well-versed in avoiding the gender area during the scan. Your preferences matter to us, and we’re here to customize your experience according to your wishes. Let us know your specific instructions, and leave the rest to us.

  12. Do I need to have a full bladder for my 3D ultrasound/4D ultrasound/HD 5D ultrasound scans?

    If you’re coming in for our early-stage pregnancy services like Sneak Peek or Heartbeat sessions, we recommend having a comfortably full bladder. At 16 to 20 weeks, it may not be necessary, depending on your baby’s position.

    After 20 weeks, there is no need for a full bladder. To keep your little one active, indulge in something sweet before your appointment and stay hydrated by sipping fluids until then. We want to make this experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for you and your baby!

  13. What are the Live Streaming and Video-on-Demand (VOD) services, and how can I get them?

    Experience the magic of pregnancy ultrasound like never before with our Live Streaming and Video-on-demand services! Share the precious moments of your ultrasound session with loved ones from anywhere in the world in real-time. And if they can’t make it live, don’t worry – you can still share the incredible experience afterwards through our Video-on-demand feature. Simply book these services in advance, and we’ll handle the rest. Connect with us to learn more about how you can make your pregnancy ultrasound a truly unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

    Learn more: Live Streaming and Video on Demand

  14. UC Baby - FAQ Live Streaming

    Live Streaming Service through UC Baby Connect

  15. Do I need an appointment and doctors referral for pregnancy ultrasound or gender blood tests?

    Looking to schedule a pregnancy ultrasound or gender blood test? Great news – no need for a doctor’s referral here! We specialize in creating beautiful keepsake memories for expectant parents, and we welcome clients by appointment.

    To ensure you secure the time that works best for you, it’s smart to plan ahead as our weekend and evening slots tend to fill up fast. If you need a same-day appointment, feel free to give your nearest location a call to check availability. Let’s capture these special moments together!

  16. Are UC BABY® pregnancy ultrasounds the same as ultrasound tests ordered by my Health Care Provider?

    Let’s clear it up. While our ultrasounds are perfect for creating keepsakes and enjoying a special experience, they’re not meant for medical diagnosis or screening for fetal anomalies. Your provider’s diagnostic obstetric ultrasounds during pregnancy are crucial for addressing any health-related concerns. So, keep those appointments, and come to us for the joy of seeing your baby in a whole new way!

  17. When will I receive copies of my baby’s ultrasound images and video recordings?

    Get ready to cherish every moment with your little one! At the end of your 3D ultrasound session, you’ll receive all the precious images and video recordings of your baby. Thanks to UC BABY® Connect, you can access these delightful memories instantly through our secure online account. Share the joy with your loved ones by posting the images on various platforms. Want a keepsake? Add a USB recording to capture every special moment in a beautiful video format. Your baby’s ultrasound journey is just a click away!

  18. Are UC BABY® services covered by my Health Card or my extended health insurance?

    Looking forward to seeing your little one for the first time? While UC BABY® services aren’t covered by provincial health care, you may be able to use your extended health insurance. Take a moment to review your policy – if elective pregnancy ultrasounds are covered, you can pay upfront and submit a claim for reimbursement. We’re here to help make this special experience as smooth as possible for you!

  19. What types of payments are accepted at UC BABY® locations?

    Ready to meet your little one? At UC BABY®, we’ve made it easy for you to pay. Whether you prefer using debit, Visa, Master Card, Amex, cash or email money transfers, we’ve got you covered. Just a heads up – payment options vary by location, so make sure to check in with your local UC BABY®. Sorry, but we can’t take personal cheques. Can’t wait to see you soon!

  20. Can family and friends come with me to my 3D ultrasound/4D ultrasound/HD 5D ultrasound session at UC BABY® ?

    Ready to witness the miracle of life? At UC BABY®, we believe that your ultrasound experience should be shared with those closest to your heart. That’s why we welcome your family and friends to join in this special bonding moment. Our spacious ultrasound rooms can accommodate up to 5 people, ensuring everyone can share in the joy of seeing your little one for the first time. Plus, kids and babies are always welcome at our clinics! Come create unforgettable memories with your loved ones at UC BABY®.


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