Ultrasound Keepsakes in Bronze

4-D ultrasound images by Nigel Howard from The Daily Nail Online, January 2, 2009.

A lot has changed in the world of ultrasound keepsakes since I profiled four cutting edge products two years ago.

I’ll state up front that the FDA cautions against ultrasound keepsake images, but why ruin our fun here today?

Three of the websites are gone. No 3-D glass plaques. No ultrasounds etched onto crystal paperweights. No 2-D images painted by a fetal artist. Sorry, there’s only sonogram picture frames still surviving.

Oh, but if you’re a Londoner, hot diggity, London a great town for being preggers. Recognizing the hot fetal keepsake trend, the London Ultrasound Centre is offering to cast your unborn baby in bronze.

Step 1. Perform a 4-D ultrasound.

Step 2. A 3-D printer builds a mold from “special dust and glue.” The Daily Mail, from which this hot news is derived, states the 3-D printer is commonly used to manufacture car parts. Many fine layers of dust are printed to develop the mold.

Step 3. The baby’s face is cast in bronze.

If you’re not familiar with 4-D ultrasounds, they make your baby look like he’s composed of cottage cheese. Or mashed potatoes. Lumpy. Lumpy. Lumpy.

When this product news hit social media site FARK, there was a salient limerick written by user DslainteC which I’ve reproduced here for your critical analysis:

There once was a time when we’d wing it
For a baby, the stork had to bring it
But now we can see
Thanks to technology
A fetus turned into an ingot

The bronze models cost £1,200 and are created when the mother is 6 months along. The company providing this service is so proud of its ultrasounds it has a separate website complete with keepsake packages for excited parents.

Unfortunately, the bronze casts aren’t described online yet, but you can review the center’s old school keepsake packages. Here’s what £270 gets you in the top-of-the-line Platinum Package:

  1. 3D/4D Scan
  2. Cocoon4Dâ„¢ Edited DVD
  3. iPod Video / iPhone File
  4. 4 Glossy 6 x 4″ (15 x 10cm) Colour Prints
  5. Brushed Steel Picture Frame
  6. JPEG files supplied on the DVD disc
  7. Growth Scan & Report
  8. Gender identification – if you want to know
  9. Cocoon4Dâ„¢ Gift Bag

In the company’s defense, it also provides normal ultrasounds for medical purposes. Nonetheless, I have two questions for Thinga-readers…

Do you still cherish your ultrasound paper printouts now, after your baby was born? Would you cherish a physical sculpture that can’t get tucked neatly into a photo album?


3 Responses to “Ultrasound Keepsakes in Bronze”

  1. Jared says:

    We had the 3D/4D ultrasound done with our son…and it was amazing! I will go back and look at the digital pics of the event from time to time, but would I put a sculpture of my unborn boy on the mantle? Probably not. :D

    January 23rd, 2009 at 10:36 am

  2. Sara says:

    I find the sculpture creepy looking, due to the “cottage cheese” effect you mentioned. I have my plain ol’ ultrasound pictures in our family scrapbook and enjoy looking at them, but that is the farthest I would go. I didn’t have a 3D/4D ultrasound b/c I had no medical reason too and wasn’t going to pay extra for it.

    January 23rd, 2009 at 12:23 pm

  3. jen says:

    Totally creeps me out. Why would you want to do this when you can have a perfectly adorable picture of your baby on your mantle from post birth, when they don’t look like re-rendered cottage cheesE?

    January 25th, 2009 at 10:41 am

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