Want to see what your baby looks like before she’s born? Well, forget squinting at black and white scan photos, because now you can buy an 8-inch cast of your developing baby.
The service is offered by Baby: Boo Scan Studio in Lancashire, where the incredibly life-like replica is created by doing a 4D ultrasound. The images from the scan are then rendered into a 360 degree format and 3D printed.
You can then take home your 3D model in a box so you can get it out and hold it, or have it mounted in a frame, ready to be displayed at home.
“People do think it’s a little odd but it’s similar to creating casts of baby’s feet or hands. It’s actually a really lovely keepsake to cherish,” Katie Kermode, who owns Baby:Boo told the Mirror.
The company charges £400 for a full 8-inch model of their baby, made with a 3D printer. Or you can go for just a head and shoulders cast for £170 instead.
Katie, 32, set up the company after having 2 miscarriages. She’s now a mum of 2 with a son Alfie, 3, and daughter Sienna, 2.
“After I lost two pregnancies I underwent fertility treatment and finally fell pregnant with Alfie. But there was no way I could wait for 12 weeks to see everything was okay.
“I also had scans throughout, I think being pregnant is a scary time, especially if you have struggled to get pregnant.
“It’s nice to sit back and enjoy your pregnancy and take some of the stress off. I found it to be quite addictive.
“The NHS aren’t there to provide a service for you, it’s there to check everything is going well with the pregnancy, there are a list of checks they need to do – they can’t be spending the time cooing over your baby with you.”
The studio offers a bespoke service with the aim to create an “unforgettable bonding experience” and there’s room to bring friends and family along to join in.
So it’s more about enjoying the scan – you still need to go to your NHS scan for a medical diagnosis.