Those grainy black-and-white printouts of Baby's ultrasounds are so last century. Now parents-to-be can leave the doctor's office with 3-D models of their unborn baby instead. Baby:Boo, a private ultrasound company, is offering the approximately $240 service to parents who are at least 28 weeks along in their pregnancy.
They transform ultrasound scans into lifelike keepsake models that can be taken home in either a box or mounted on a frame—you know, so you can hang it up in your living room for everyone to marvel over. And don't worry, Baby:Boo's owner Katie Kermonde knows these figurines can be, shall we say, a bit creepy. She tells the Daily Mail, "People do think it's a little odd but it's similar to creating casts of babies' feet or hands. It's actually a really lovely keepsake to cherish."
Kermonde came up with the concept for her company—which provides 2-D, 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds—after miscarrying two babies. She is now a mom of three (soon to be four!) and mused, "Having images and a DVD of your baby is one thing, but having a real model is so unique. It is so special to be able to hold a cast of your baby's face before it is even born."
Since launching the service, the company has been flooded with requests.
While it may not be every pregnant woman's cup of tea, it can offer a strong peace of mind for moms who have experience pregnancy loss before or—in the case of one blind pregnant woman—be the first time she really "sees" her baby.
Who knows what technology will enable us to do next?
Is this something you would want to do with your next pregnancy?