EDMOND - The purple- and lime-colored walls draw attention, and cuddly crib plushies are sold, but the 3- and 4-D views of babies moving in the womb are what brings moms into Miracle Within Ultrasound. The business, which opened this month in the Edmond Exchange building at 33rd and Broadway, offers ultrasounds to women in the later stages of pregnancy - between 28 to 36 weeks. “I decided if I couldn’t be pregnant forever, this was the next best thing,” owner Krystal LaValley said. The business is open Thursday through Sunday by appointment only. Sessions cost between $99 and $295, which includes a limited diagnostic scan of the baby as well as 2-D, 3-D and 4-D pictures projected on a 100-inch television screen. 2-D is a black and white, still photo. 3-D shows the baby’s skin and features and 4-D shows the baby moving. “I’d seen this on National Geographic television and decided I really wanted to see my baby in 3-D,” said Nicolette Mitchell, 29, of Edmond. She searched the Internet and found Miracle Within. During her first session, Mitchell brought five family members to view her baby in the comfy theater room, outfitted with a bed for mom, a special chair for dad and a long sofa for others. “This is just a neat way to bond with my baby. I feel him moving all the time, now I get to see him. Plus, I’ll have this DVD to share with him when he’s older,” she said. Back for a second session, Mitchell and her mother and step-mother oohed and aahed as baby Carter or Christopher - the parents haven’t settled on the name - wiggled fingers and puffed his cheeks for the camera. The images of the babies are so captivating that LaValley has a hard time closing the sessions. After the viewing, however, moms are given a DVD, CD or both, with moving and still pictures they can keep for themselves, send to friends and relatives or use as wallpaper on their computer screens. LaValley is working on a baby shower room, where parents can scrapbook or feed shower guests who come for the viewing. LaValley has been a sonographer for seven years in a hospital setting. But that’s not nearly as satisfying, she said. “In a hospital, you don’t get as much quality time with the patients that they desire,” LaValley said. As many as 20 3-D and 4-D ultrasound machines are in the state - including Ultrasound Unlimited at 2805 S Bryant in Edmond. But most of the machines are in doctors’ offices or hospital settings and only are used for diagnostic purposes. Actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes created a stir in the medical community this year when they bought a private ultrasound machine to keep tabs on their baby, but LaValley said ultrasounds are proven safe. “There have been no confirmed bio-effects of ultrasound in the last 35 years - to the patient or the technician - and there have been 250 million ultrasounds on fetuses in the United States,” she said. LaValley does require each client to show they’ve had an early pregnancy diagnostic ultrasound and that they are under prenatal care. This ensures clients aren’t surprised by abnormalities - such as a cleft palate or spina bifida. If a late abnormality is found, Miracle Within notifies the client’s physician. LaValley’s oversight company, United Imaging Partners, will audit LaValley’s business regularly to ensure she follows guidelines. She also has an obstetrician-gynecologist out of Denver serving as her medical director. Miracle Within can be reached at 715-3387, or at www.miraclewithinultrasound.com.
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