Nothing can compare to that moment when your newborn is placed in your arms and you are face-to-face for the first time. While it is not quite face to face, First Glance Ultrasound Studio and Boutique can provide similar special moments in the months leading up to the baby’s arrival.
First Glance specializes in 4-D, high definition ultrasound for families eager to see an image of their baby looks and to find out the baby’s gender. Owner Maribeth Toumazos, who has worked as a registered sonographer for 35 years in the healthcare field, opened First Glance in June 2017. “It was always in the back of my mind to do this in retirement,” she said. “I’ve always loved scanning babies and seeing the happiness it brings to parents to see these images.”
Know the gender
Toumazos stresses that her ultrasounds are not for diagnostic purposes. All clients must be under the care of a doctor and receive their regularly-scheduled diagnostic ultrasounds as directed by their physician. If she notices anything of concern, however, she will contact the client’s physician.
At First Glance, ultrasounds to detect gender can be done at 15 weeks, five weeks earlier than the 20-week diagnostic ultrasound. The room holds 20-25 people, so the extended family can attend for a “gender reveal” party. Toumazos conducts an ultrasound a few days before the party so she knows what the gender is, then another ultrasound during the party.
“We can provide pink or blue cupcakes, pink or blue Shirley’s popcorn, and drinks,” she said. “We even have a confetti machine that blows pink or blue confetti. Family members can mingle around and have a little party. None of this is allowed, and understandably so, during a diagnostic ultrasound at the doctor’s office.”
Some local parents also appreciate the opportunity to see high-quality images of their baby at various points before the baby’s birth. Packages range from $49 and up, depending on the number of ultrasounds the client wishes to have. “With a 4-D ultrasound, the baby really looks true to character,” adds Toumazos.
In addition to ultrasounds, First Glance includes a boutique area with unique baby clothes, shoes and accessories for girls and boys in sizes newborn to 18 months. The boutique also sells a variety of specialty items for gender reveal parties. “We receive a lot of traffic in the boutique, because once family members learn the baby’s gender, they are eager to buy something special,” says Toumazos.
First Glance collaborates with local photographer Kristen Jones who offers a variety of maternity and newborn photography packages. “We like to say we can take care of your photography needs from conception to birth and beyond,” says Toumazos.
First Glance is located at 327 South Main Street in Findlay.
For more information, visit firstglanceultrasoundstudioandboutique.com–
or call 419-557-BABY.