Miracle in Me: scenes from a lifePublished 10:35am Monday, November 30, 2009
By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star
For expectant parents, the birth of a child is a momentous occasion – and both mother- and father-to-be often don’t want to miss a moment.
Now, at The Miracle in Me in Niles, parents and family members can meet their new addition even before they make their official entrance into the world.
The Miracle in Me uses specialized 3D and 4D Ultrasound imaging technology to snap pictures of babies in the womb and giving parents a chance to see their little one in a way they may not have ever before.
“It’s a photography studio for inside the womb,” business manager Kimberly Spare said.
Inside the Main Street location, The Miracle in Me holds the ultrasound room in which the expectant mother can get a chance to see her child in 4D, family is welcome but there is also a family room, for mothers who want a little privacy.
In the family room, anxious friends and family can see a live projection of the ultrasound on a screen as they sit just outside in a fully furnished area.
With the specialized technology, The Miracle in Me is able to capture “moments and movements” and put them on film and even DVD.
It’s an opportunity for expectant parents “to actually see what it looks like,” Spare said.
The imaging will allow parents to see their baby yawning, hiccuping and moving; in addition, parents could find out the sex of the child weeks before a standard ultrasound through their doctor.
“We can determine it a little bit earlier,” Spare said. “But the baby still has to be developed.”
Right now, Spare said, some doctors’ offices are equipped with the same capabilities, though she knows only of one in St. Joseph and Fort Wayne.
Doctors would be less apt to have such imaging available in their office for a couple of reasons, Spare said. “A machine like this is really expensive,” she said. It’s also seen as a bit of a luxury and insurance companies won’t always cover the expense.
For that reason, Spare said, The Miracle in Me is hoping to make its services available to more interested parents – as well as make them more affordable.
“We’re trying to keep our prices lower,” she said.
To get a glimpse of their baby up close, Spare said, parents could expect to pay $25 per session; however, that doesn’t include printed photos or a DVD.
The idea of getting a good look at the little one before it’s born has been gaining in popularity, Spare said simply, “just (from) the love for babies.”
The photos make for unique additions to a baby or scrap book and the DVD is a way to hold on to the baby’s movements and mannerisms evident from the early stages of life.
Though some of the packages are a bit more involved, Spare said, The Miracle in Me is hoping to make the experience of seeing their soon to be newborn in such a special way an experience that is available to all parents.
Spare said the studio would hold hours lasting into early evening for working and expectant parents and that packages would be priced to be as accommodating as possible.
“This type of thing makes it real for people,” Spare said. “It’s just anther way of making a memory.”
For her part, Spare said she’s noticed more and more people are interested in becoming more family-oriented. Through the studio families large and small can take part in a significant moment of one’s pregnancy.
And they can get a good look at their forthcoming member of the family.
“One of the frustrations of a doctor’s office ultrasound is that you can’t always tell what’s what,” Spare said. “With this, when you see it you know what it is.”
For Spare, the studio is more than just a meaningful way to capture the early stages of life, it is a way for her to give to parents a chance to meet their babies in the moment.
A moment that had so long remained somewhat of a mystery.
“Enjoy what you have while you have it,” she said.