JACKSON, Mich. — The risks posed by the pandemic have stopped many fathers-to-be from going to ultrasound appointments with expectant mothers. One Jackson County sonographer is changing that by making house calls.
Darrin and Linda Hurley listened to their baby girl's heartbeat together and with their close family members on Saturday thanks to Michigan Mobile Ultrasound.
Due to the pandemic, Darrin was only able to go to the 12-week ultrasound appointment.
"It's hard for her to go in by herself. I don't want to see her have to go in by herself," Darrin said.
The couple already has two daughters, and Linda says this is going to be their last baby.
"The girls haven't been to any of them. So, I just wanted to have them get that experience. And it was hard knowing that he was out in the vehicle while I was in getting the ultrasound done," she said.
Brittani McDaniels, the owner of Michigan Mobile Ultrasound, has been a registered sonographer for more than ten years. She started doing in-home visits in November. She's done 15 so far.
"I don't think that COVID should be taking this away from families. I still think that this moment for families should be something that you can look back on in fondness," McDaniels said.
Linda said seeing the baby on the big screen, surrounded by family, meant a lot.
"My mom has been there for both pregnancies, and just for her not to be there also has just been hard. It's been hard on her, hard on me. Hopefully, she can be there for the delivery," she said.
The service costs $125 for people within Jackson County and $175 for those outside the county. For more information, click here.
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