Posts Tagged ‘ 3D Ultrasound ’

Why an Unborn Baby Boy With a Birth Defect Is Getting the Adventure of a Lifetime

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Jenna Gassew and Dan HaleyThis unbelievable story will touch your heart: Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, a young couple living in Pennsylvania, is making sure their unborn son gets to experience a bucket list of fun adventures before his birth on October 12. The reason? Their baby was diagnosed with an incurable birth defect, one that lowers his chances of survival.

After slipping on some black ice two months into her pregnancy, Gassew went to the doctor’s office, where she found out her baby had anencephaly, a rare birth defect where a baby is born without parts of the front brain and skull; CDC statistics list 1 in 4,859 babies as being born with anencephaly each year. The young mom and dad learned about the diagnosis two days before their fourth wedding anniversary.

Even with the probability that their baby would die shortly after birth, Gassew and Haley decided against an abortion and relied on the strength of their Catholic faith. They set out to create a list of things and places they wanted Shane to experience.

According to the New York Daily News, the couple created a “Prayers for Shane” Facebook page where they post updates on Shane’s growth and milestones (like kicks and hiccups) and chronicle #shanesbucketlist. So far, the list includes eating cheesesteaks, watching Haley play baseball, seeing Zack Brown Band in concert, and feeding animals at the zoo.

Along the way, friends, family, and readers who have been touched by the couple’s journey have showed tremendous support (the page currently has over 97,000 likes) and posted encouraging messages. Responding to the outpouring of love, Gassew and Hale wrote, “We are truly blessed and forever grateful! Shane will be here in a little over a month and we can’t wait to meet him, but it’s quite clear that he has already had an enormously positive impact on the lives of so many people, and that is a miracle all in itself.”

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Image: Photo of Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley courtesy of their “Prayers for Shane” Facebook page.

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Want to Hold Your Baby Before Its Born? Now You Can!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

I’ll be the first to admit I’m super-sappy, and I like to document everything. There are certain things I will cherish forever: the photo of the “+” pregnancy test, telling me I was going to have my son, Logan; the first outfit my husband and I bought for the baby when we found out we were having a boy; the hospital ID with Logan’s name on it. The list could go on and on. BUT even I think it’s creepy to have a lifelike fetus doll made in your baby’s likeness—from 3D and 4D ultrasound images.

The idea is that you can actually cradle your baby before he or she is born—which could sound like heaven for some mamas-to-be. But all I can think of are horror movies with crazy spinster ladies talking to themselves while rocking their imaginary babies to sleep.

3D Babies is the brainchild of husband and wife team Gerard and Katie Bessette, who thought families everywhere would want three dimensional replicas of their gestating fetuses. As Smithsonian.com reports, for $800 parents-to-be can order custom figurines of their 24-week baby, measuring eight inches. For those who prefer pocket-sized versions you can get a 4-inch sculpture for $400 or a 2-inch one for $200.

The way it works is parents submit one to five 3D and 4D ultrasound images of their baby and 3D Babies creates a digital image that captures the fetus’ one-of-a-kind facial features. Then the future mom and dad get to further tailor it by choosing a skin tone and the position of the baby—either tucked or in the fetal position with arms and legs raised, revealing the sex of the baby. Voila, then you have a keepsake to cherish long after your baby is born.

TELL US: Do you think it’s cool or kooky to have a life-size replica of your 24-week fetus?

Image via 3D Babies.

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