Ultrasound Parties Are the Newest Way to Overshare Your Pregnancy

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ultrasoundFriends and family gathered in my living room, eating my food and drinking my booze, all while staring at my large stomach? It's what my nightmares are made of. There are, however, women out there who'd disagree that this sounds like a horrifying way to spend an evening, and these ladies have started a trend of hosting ultrasound parties.

From Florida to California, pregnant women are hiring ultrasound technicians to come into their homes and put their fetuses up on the big screen so that all the invited guests can get a glimpse of the baby growing inside of them.

Whatever floats your boat, ladies, but I'd sooner die than have Uncle Robbie drip salad dressing from his plate of crudités onto my exposed stomach as some stranger with an alleged degree rubs goo all over my midsection and reveals the most private details of my baby's life and mine to a room full of people who may or may not have accepted the invitation only because they felt like they had to, or because they're big fans of spin dip.

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Plus, things could get awkward, fast. The technician could spot an abnormality or, worse, there could be no heartbeat, and then what? Party's over? Everyone goes home? The companies that provide such in-home services say they don't, obviously, announce to the whole room when they see something that needs a doctor's attention, but I can't imagine you wouldn't be able to tell that they've noticed something irregular. Talk about a party pooper.

But, if you're so inclined to throw an ultrasound party, you're in luck. There are plenty of companies dedicated to making your fetus in utero a public event. Just, please. Leave me off the guest list.

Unless, of course, there'll be spin dip.

Would you ever have an ultrasound party?

 

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jpfsmom jpfsmom

Big no!

Kency09 Kency09

Those clinics that do those walk-in ultrasounds (not sure if "Angelprints" is more than just Louisiana) get on my ever-loving nerves. Moms-to-be have those tacky "revealing parties" at those places and rent out an adjacent room with big screen TVs that allow the family to watch the ultrasound live next door to you. ultrasounds are expensive enough, and if there's a problem with my pregnancy, I'll keep an eye on things through those types of places, but I could never ever imagine hosting an ultrasound party in my home, let alone a clinic! Crazy ass people.

eckie... eckielady

Uh, I think the people at my house would be the least of my concerns if there was no heart beat. That's just weird!!!


As for the ultrasound party....sure...I'd have one. I'm also the type of person that would only invite people that I hold near and dear so it wouldn't be weird. 


 

amiec... amiecanflie

I could see this if you had a large family after having a regular ultrasound to make sure everything is okay. I'd actually kind of love this!

teddy... teddysmama09

I could possibly see the interest if it's the gender ultrasound, but even then I can't imagine the cost of having a technician at my house would be worth it.  When I had my ultrasounds I admit, I had an enterauge. For my first I had my husband (obviousely), my bestfriend who was my unofficial doula, my mom, my oma (who was dying and had never seen an ultrasound, plus it was the only great grand child she would see) and the little girl I was babysitting for the summer. For the second baby I had the same group (minus my oma) plus my son. But I wouldn't call that a party, and they were only allowed in after the technician finished the initial scan (even my husband wasn't allowed in until she was finished).


I really think people overestimate how excited everyone else in the world is about their pregnancy, and seriously, all ultrasounds look the same. So it's not like your neighbours or bill from work is going to have the same level of enthusiasm as you do. 

MabFae MabFae

I could see having this kind of "party" with very close relatives. Grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, etc. Those who have just as much interest in your pregnancy as you do. And it might be especially cool for the great-grand parents to be to see how technology has changed and to witness the miracle of life in a new way. 


However, there would be no booze drinking and chip eating at my party until AFTER the tech has gone home. AND, as someone else mentioned, this party wouldn't occure until a regularly ordered ultrasound took place and there were no abnormalities noted. 

nonmember avatar Aimee

I think it's sounds fun!!!! I went and paid for an utra sound in a studio and took 10 guests with me to find out the gender!! and my family loved it!!!

piggy... piggy11721

Too weird for me lol.

Lenor... Lenore411

When I was pregnant I wanted a 3D ultrasound and you could do it with family.  I ended up very sick and in the hospital, and was lucky enought to get one to make sure he was ok!  It was amazing and so much fun to watch.  I think if it is close family, why not?  If there haven't been any complications, and the baby was moving that morning, I think the no heartbeat is a tacky line.  Next one I would love to have an ultrasound with family, wether at an office or home.  Not like I'm having over coworkers.

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