More expectant parents are revealing the gender of their baby at parties or special events. During these gender reveal parties, parents find out whether they'll have a baby girl or boy at the same time as their friends and family. While it can be a lot of fun, health experts have some concerns.
This is an exciting time for Tyler and Amber Laffey. The Mitchell couple is expecting their third child.
"We've been trying for a while, so we're pretty excited." Amber said.
To celebrate they're hosting a gender reveal party in a couple of weeks with family members and friends. They're going to find out the sex of their baby by cutting into a cake with either pink inside for a girl or blue for a boy.
While these gender reveal parties can be a lot of fun, health experts also want to make sure patients focus on the real reason for the ultrasound - the baby's health.
"Making sure there are no birth defects because this ultrasound is the time that birth defects can be detected," Sanford Ultrasound Supervisor Tina Johnson said.
Johnson also says it's best to wait to plan a big party until you make sure the sonographer can determine whether you're expecting a baby boy or girl.
"It is truly up to that baby and the position. Sometimes they're literally rolled up in a ball, and unless they open up and give us that great shot, sometimes we aren't able to give them that gender," Johnson said.
As the Laffeys plan their party, they say their main priority is definitely their baby's health. With a boy and a girl already, they don't have a preference on their third child's gender. However, the same can't be said for soon-to-be big brother, three-year-old Corwin.
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Through this story, we've heard a lot of for gender reveal parties. One couple filled bottles with either pink or blue paint and sprayed them on each other. Another had a pink or blue golf ball wrapped up and unveiled it with family members at a golf course.
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