You Can Now Get A 3D Printed Ultrasound Of Your Unborn Baby
By conducting special ultrasounds and using 3D-printed technology, doctors can make incredible 3D printouts of an unborn baby's face.
For parents with impaired vision - like Taylor Ellis, 26, who was born with glaucoma - the 3D prints are a miraculous alternative to traditional scans.
When Taylor had her 20-week scan and was unable to see her baby, she was left in tears.
When her doctors found out, they created a special 3D ultrasound for Taylor, allowing her to get to know her baby's features through touch.
Mum-of-three Taylor and her husband Jeremy, 28, who is also visually impaired, said that being able to feel the scan was a dream come true.
Baby Rosalie is now ten weeks old, and Taylor said the 3D printing technology - most commonly used to make car parts - was "life changing".
Taylor, a stay-at-home-mother from Cockeysville, Maryland, said: "I always thought about what my baby would look like and was always saddened to know I wouldn't have the same opportunity as seeing mothers.
"My sight wasn't as bad with my first two children, so I could see the 2D ultrasound.
"During my 20 week ultrasound for Rosalie I cried; I thought I would never get that big moment that seeing mothers are waiting for.
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Talking about the 3D ultra-sound, Taylor said: "It was a really cool experience as I have never seen something like this before. I was really disappointed with my other ones as I found them difficult to see, this was so special.
"The model is made out of a bright red material that has a plastic-feel. It felt weird at first but when I had the realisation that this was my baby's face, it was so heart-warming".
Taylor has been registered blind since birth due to glaucoma, but her sight has steadily declined since and she now uses a walking aid.
The doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore traditionally use the technology to create models of unborn babies with the spinal defect spina bifida, as it allows surgeons to get a clear image of the baby's spine.
An ultrasound sonographer at the same hospital then suggested the technology be used to help blind parents.
The model takes three-and-half hours to print and the hospital in Cockeysville, Maryland, is thought to be the first in the world to offer the service.
Taylor said: "When I found out I could have the 3D scan I was ecstatic.
"I showed off my scan to my daughters and my parents on video chat.
"That moment was something I spent a long time wishing and waiting for".
Rosalie was born naturally on June 10, weighing 8lbs 2oz. We wish the family all the best.
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