Ultrasound technology has revolutionized the pro-life movement in various ways. For example, it has caused doctors to quit performing abortions, women to choose life for their children and politicians to reconsider their pro-abortion views. Although this news is discouraging for abortion proponents, it doesn’t look like it is going to change anytime soon. In fact, if anything technology will keep advancing and we will learn more about unborn life than ever before.
In January, the National Review shared that doctors are now boasting of ultrasound images that are so clear people don’t even realize it’s an ultrasound. In these advanced scans, mothers can see their unborn child moving around, sucking their thumb, crying and even smiling. Additionally, companies have developed models of unborn babies that have helped surgeons perform in-utero surgery. Gynecologist Marek Sois explained, “It is possible to see face malformations such as a cleft lip. When the child goes into surgery, the surgeon can look at the sculpture and see exactly what kind of a defect it is.”
Now, in the United Kingdom, a woman named Katie Kermonde has taken ultrasound technology one step further by creating 3D figurines that allow women to hold their children before they are even born. She launched her company, Baby:Boo, two years ago and they use 3D scanning and printing technology to create lifelike replicas of unborn babies.
The company website explains, “We are a professional 3D and 4D baby scanning clinic based in Lancashire, offering all future parents a non diagnostic ultrasound scan to provide you with an unforgettable bonding experience between you and your unborn baby. Our staff are fully trained 3D/4D ultrasound technicians, using the latest 3D and 4D baby scanning technology and are backed by a highly experienced team of consultants, midwives, radiographers and advisors.”
According to the Daily Mail, Kermonde started the company after she lost two children to miscarriage. She said, “After I lost two pregnancies I underwent fertility treatment and finally fell pregnant with Alfie. I had scans throughout, I think being pregnant is a scary time, especially if you have struggled to get pregnant.”
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Later she added that women who come to her clinic receive a unique keepsake they can’t get anywhere else. She said, “We want to ensure the experience remains extra special and give our customers a unique keepsake that they can’t get anywhere else. The 3D figurines are a really unique way to share the excitement of your new baby with family and friends – there will be no need to look at scan pictures any more, they can almost see the real thing.”
Once the models are created they are presented in a box or can be mounted on a frame in the wall. Finally, Kermonde explained that women who visit the National Health Service for ultrasounds do not receive the same kind of attention they do at her clinic. She said, “The NHS aren’t there to provide a service for you, it’s there to check everything is going well with the pregnancy – and there are a list of checks they need to do. They can’t be spending the time cooing over your baby with you.”
Layla Macmillan, 28, from Farington, Lancashire was Katie’s first customer for the new service.
The mother-to-be, who is married to Andrew and pregnant with her fourth daughter, already has Paige, seven, Imogen, five and nine-month-old Autumn.
Layla, who is 32-weeks pregnant, said: ‘Being a photographer, I love things like that and thought it was an amazing idea.
‘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.
‘With Autumn, we had a bonding scan which you can have between 29 and 31 weeks. Here you can see all the features and you get an idea of what your baby will look like.
‘I have got photographs of Autumn when she was seven hours old and she looks exactly the same as in her bonding scan.’
It is recommended to create a model from a scan at around 28 weeks of pregnancy when the baby has fully developed, but at that stage – because of the size – there can only be a model of the baby’s head.
‘If you wanted to have a model of the whole of your baby you would have to come at around 16 weeks,’ said Katie. ‘But then the baby isn’t fully formed – although it’s still amazing.’