An obstetrical ultrasound is a medical procedure. The primary focus is the wellbeing of your pregnancy. During the exam the sonographer will perform a detailed anatomic assessment of your baby. He or she will also perform an evaluation of the amniotic fluid, placenta, cervix and pelvic structures. It can take up to 30 minutes to record images and measurements and, during this time, your sonographer needs to focus on accurately recording these details. Once this is done you will have the option of inviting your partner or relative into the room to view your baby's images.
FETAL GENDER ASSESSMENT
With your permission, the sonographer will assess the gender of your baby. Sometimes, despite all attempts, it is not possible to obtain gender due to the position of the baby or other factors and results are not always accurate. If gender is determined, the sonographer will record the information so that it can be included in the report that will go to your doctor or midwife. Under British Columbia's professional guidelines the sonographer is not permitted to tell you the gender of your baby. You must get it from your doctor or midwife.