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Prenatal Ultrasound FAQs

What is a prenatal ultrasound?
A prenatal ultrasound is a safe procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image of your baby and placenta. It can be used to confirm the health of your baby, detect any medical issues and confirm the gestational age of the baby.
What can I expect during a prenatal ultrasound exam?
A prenatal ultrasound exam is usually quick and painless. A technologist will position you on the exam table and then apply a warm, water-based gel to your abdomen. The technologist will then move a handheld device called a transducer over your abdomen to capture images of your fetus in real time.
Does an ultrasound pose a risk to my baby?
No. Ultrasounds are safe and non-invasive procedures that pose no risk to you or your baby
Can I find out the sex of my baby?
Finding out the sex of your baby is a choice that is very personal. During your 20 week detailed scan, it may be possible to determine the sex of your baby. Several factors, such as the stage of pregnancy and position of the baby will influence the accuracy of the sex prediction. If the fetal sex is confidently identified, the results will be included on the ultrasound report and your doctor can discuss the results with you. This policy is consistent with the current SOGC guidelines (Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Canada).
Can my spouse/partner come into the room with me during my scan?

Updated Policy: Partner present in the room during the scan, December 2022

Your partner will be asked to wait in the waiting area until the examination has been completed.  The partner will be brought in at the end of the scan to see the baby. 

Partner only please, no other family members or children.  

Can we take pictures, video or Facetime during the scan?
We understand that many people want to document their pregnancy journey; however, to respect the privacy of other patients and staff, the use of any cameras, video equipment or cellphones inside the clinic is strictly prohibited.