Offering assistance to women throughout their pregnancies and during the first year of their babies’ lives, Real Alternatives possesses a full range of parenting and pregnancy support services. Through a network of 144 nonprofit centers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana, Real Alternatives assists women with prenatal care decisions to ensure that they deliver healthy babies.
The latest 3D and 4D ultrasounds enable mothers to view the fetus in greater detail as compared with 2D ultrasounds. Most pregnant women who have visited a physician are familiar with 2D ultrasounds, which involve a transducer or wand being placed in the vagina or on the belly. Sound waves that bounce off of organs in the body provide a cross-sectional view, or 2D image, of the fetus. The Doppler fetal ultrasound also enables the amplification of sounds detected, such that the fetal heartbeat can be heard.
3D and 4D ultrasounds are employed when assessing potential fetal anomalies and can identify issues, such as a cleft palate, that do not appear on traditional 2D sonograms. They can also be used in creating 3D images and 4D movies of a preborn baby, allowing expectant mothers to connect visually with the imminent new member of their family.