Health: Womb with a View

Sonographic snapshots of Baby as a fetus make cool keepsakes, but are they safe?

For many expectant parents, nine months is just too long. Not willing to wait for the birth of their child and the accompanying flash photos, parents-to-be are shelling out $200 and more to ultrasound centers with cutesy names like Prenatal Peek and Womb with a View for high-res, golden-hued ultrasound images of fetuses in their amniotic homes. It's not hard to see the appeal. The latest advances in ultrasound technology--from grainy 2D to glorious 4D with accompanying DVD--produce images that are impressive, showing facial features, hair, fingers, toes and even a fetus' sex. Some companies throw in a sound track to...

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