I know simply from my 25 years experience in obstetric sonography that each time you see your baby with ultrasound it becomes certain. But I decided to do a little research to see what was published.

Christa Luminare-Rosen, PhD, author of Parenting Begins Before Conception: A Guide to Preparing Body, Mind, and Spirit for You and Your Future Child, says research demonstrates that babies in the womb have the emotional and intuitive capabilities to sense their parents' love. "Prenates can see, hear, feel, remember, taste and think before birth. Babies can recognize music they've heard in the womb after they're born." In the prenatal bonding classes Luminare-Rosen holds, she asks the participants to "visualize your child, talk to your baby, and feel the baby ".

Bonding, says Marilee Harling, RN, prenatal program manager at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, is how babies-before and after birth-learn what the world is all about. "It's also part of their personality development. When there's a healthy attachment between baby and parent the baby comes to believe that the world is a safe place. This is the beginning of the establishment of trust. Fathers tend to begin bonding later than mothers, for obvious reasons. But they can help the process along by attending doctor's visits and their sonography appointments."

"One of the best ways you can bond with your baby", says Thomas Ivester, MD, clinical instructor in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, "is having an ultrasound." "Bonding during pregnancy gives a mom a better sense of responsibility in caring for herself, and be extension the baby. When you can actually see the baby that increases the feeling that the baby actually exists. Recent advances in technology have made sonography even more valuable tool. For most of the last 25 years, ultrasound images were available only in two dimensions. In recent years, 3/D ultrasound has been developed. In the second trimester you can actually see the baby's chubby cheeks, see him sucking, yawning, and turning over. It's fantastic!"

Dr. Pretorius, University of California San Diego, noted of 3/D ultrasound that "When we reassure, we're not only reassuring Mom, we're reassuring Dad, any extended family, and the physicians if he's worried about something he saw or has in the family history." She also noted, "For parents in whom an anomaly has been identified, the opportunity to see it for themselves can be a source of comfort. "

Preparing for and bonding with you baby now begins with the first, "Congratulations you are pregnant" from your doctor. Take advantage of this time with your baby and enjoy it!

Story by:
Jeanette Burlbaw BS RDMS
Prenatal Imaging Centers, LLC