Ultrasound Keepsake Roundup

Sonograms are exciting until your baby is born, and then… not so much. However, if your baby doesn’t come to term, then a sonogram could be all you have to remember.

Disclaimer: The FDA recommends against keepsake sonograms. In other words, undergo an ultrasound only for medical reasons. From the linked article: “While ultrasound has been around for many years, expectant women and their families need to know that the long-term effects of repeated ultrasound exposures on the fetus are not fully known.”

Just the same, here are a few keepsake options.

Baby Light Gems ultrasound sculpture
1) Baby Light Gems are sculptures of baby faces crafted from 3-D ultrasounds. They can be produced in a variety of block materials, including glass-cut acrylic, polished aluminum and brass. It seems you need the ultrasound conducted by an approved provider. Presumably they take special measures to ensure a nice face shot.

2) Fetalkeepsakes.com etches photos into crystal sculptures, free-standing portraits or ornaments. They can be produced from a 2-D or 3-D sonogram printout, or a regular photo of your child. However, the web site references scheduling an “in-home ultrasound portrait sitting,” so maybe there is a difference in quality between giving them a photo and having them capture the ultrasound image themselves.

Bashoycanvas ultrasound artwork
3) Bashoycanvas is the option I’d choose if doing an ultrasound only for medical reasons. Bashoycanvas creates innocuous framed artwork using a printout of the 2-D ultrasound you received from your regular doctor. They take your ultrasound image, process it to make the baby’s outline pronounced, add a bit of razzle-dazzle artistic interpretation and then you have a piece of artwork. How does this differ from what an enthusiast could do at home with a scanner and Photoshop? Well, they print on canvas with archival ink at sizes from 16×20″ to 42×60″. Cool.

4) Sonogram picture frames are perhaps the least expensive and easiest keepsake to arrange. They are simply picture frames designed for a sonogram image, often with sickeningly cute sayings and artwork embedded along the edge of the frame.


3 Responses to “Ultrasound Keepsake Roundup”

  1. thordora says:

    I don’t know about you, but this kinda creeps me out.

    March 9th, 2006 at 4:59 am

  2. WV.Hillbilly says:

    Baby in carbonite.

    March 10th, 2006 at 2:46 pm

  3. gary says:

    it musta hurt to push the kids face into the mould! :)

    March 21st, 2006 at 5:35 pm

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