Sonogram Parties: Should You Have One?

By Kylie McConville for

Getty Images / The Bump Getty Images / The Bump Chad and Camie Berry received the gift of a lifetime 14 years ago when they welcomed their daughter, Madisyn, into the world after they'd endured five miscarriages. Today, the proud parents gush over their daughter and are trying to bring the same joy to other expectant moms and dads across the country by hosting sonogram parties at baby showers, venues and the homes of soon-to-be moms and dads.

A sonogram party looks something like this: Finger foods and drinks are passed around the room while the mother-to-be stretches out on an examination table and a technician moves the wand across her belly. Imaging equipment is hooked up to a TV screen or a computer monitor for all the room to see. Guests will get a sneak peek of what the baby-on-board will look like.

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Through their company, Miracles Imaging, the Berrys offer their customers a "glimpse of your little miracle" by providing low-cost ultrasounds to couples celebrating the joy of pregnancy. Camie, 38, is a certified sonographer, and Chad, 37, is a former lab technician. As part of their package deal, they set up and bring massage tables and screens so that guests can view the baby (or babies!) with ease. The reason they love what they do? Chad and Camie are able to offer ultrasounds to their customers for about 70 percent off what they'd normally pay at a doctor's office. They insist that their services should never replace a routine medical exam and see their business as an affordable alternative to a 3-D image ultrasound.

When asked about their favorite moment on the job together, Chad says, "The most touching one we ever did was for a couple in their 40s trying to have a baby. She finally got pregnant, and they planned a dinner at home but didn't tell the parents. One of the grandparents (who had been diagnosed with cancer) was crying hysterically the whole time. He could watch it in his own home; it was the most rewarding experience to provide that to someone."

But medical experts caution against the experience. The American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration discourage having ultrasounds purely for entertainment and not for medical reasons.

While we don't feel strongly one way or the other, we want to know how other women feel about sonogram parties: Would you ever want to go to one? Would you ever have one? Do you think it's safe for baby and for mom?

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