By Shaun Szkolnik
For the Tribune
TRUSSVILLE — A new business is coming to Trussville on Saturday, Nov. 3. Peek At Me 4D will provide expecting parents with the chance to take an early “peek” at their babies while using the latest in 4D ultrasound technology.
Owner Amanda Maynor, a Virginia College graduate with over 8-years’ experience in OB/GYN ultrasound, is excited about bringing this unique service to Trussville.
“We recently moved to Trussville from Gardendale, and I figured there was no better place to open a business like that than locally,” said Maynor. “It is something that a lot of people are going to need, there are always babies being born.”
4D technology utilizes sophisticated ultrasound, also known as sonogram, equipment to provide a rendering of the baby which is far more detailed than other methods can provide. The 4D technique reveals details such as facial features and can also capture images of the baby moving.
“4D is a totally different dimension from what you get at the doctor’s office, which offer just 2D photos,” said Maynor. “This is completely different. You can see if the baby is going to have a cute little button nose, or chubby cheeks, or lips, you can see hair.”
4D technology can also determine baby’s gender far earlier than other systems.
“We can tell you the gender as early as fifteen weeks, where most doctors’ appointments will make you wait till twenty weeks,” she said. “We are in the process of starting the sneak-peak DNA testing, where we can tell you the gender as early as nine weeks.”
Peek at Me 4D will provide several different options for customers to choose from.
“Some of our packages have two pictures, some have four pictures, we may even throw in a CD that has all the pictures,” said Maynor. “A few of the packages even come with a DVD where you can sit and watch the video footage of what happens while you were there. So, if you have a grandparent, or a sister or brother, that couldn’t make it to see the ultrasound you can show it to them later.”
Peek At Me 4D will even provide an option for parents that want to use their baby’s ultrasound in a completely unique way.
“With our most inexpensive package you can come on in and we’ll print out a copy of the baby’s heartbeat for you,” she said. “A lot of women are taking with image of the heartbeat and making jewelry out of it. They can wear their baby’s heartbeat as a necklace or a bracelet.”
Peek at Me 4D will have their opening on Saturday at 2030B Gadsden Highway in Trussville.