(Oakville ON – August 2011) Rebecca and Tyler didn’t intend to debut their son on television before he was even born but with the help of Glowing Mom, they did just that, sharing the joy of ‘seeing’ their baby for the first time along with both their mothers on the Big Screen.
“It was just an awesome experience that I didn’t fully expect. I always wanted to get an ultrasound of the baby, but didn’t really know about how visual and cool it could be”, says Rebecca of the 3D/4D ultrasound she had. Along with her husband and her family she giggled through the ultrasound in the comfort of Glowing Moms family room, equipped with a big screen TV, leather couch and tasteful baby-centric décor. “it was really amazing. I saw his profile and his forehead which my mother-in-law swears is just like my husbands. And now that we know it’s a boy, I’m gonna have to start buying a lot more blue!”.
Bernadette agrees. At 30 weeks she came for an Ultrasound as part of a Girls Spa Day Package along with some other moms – a gift organized by some mommy friends who wanted to pamper this two-time mom at the pregnancy spa while seeing for themselves what the new technology could do. “Having two other children in their early teens, I have had a few ultrasounds done before, but seeing my baby in there moving and turning, it was incredible…we were all squealing like kids every time the baby would turn to face us or stick its thumb in its mouth”
Bernadette opted not to find out the gender because she really wanted to share in the surprise with her husband, having two sons already. “This baby was a surprise so we figured it wanted to keep us guessing until then end” The one thing that they wouldn’t have to guess about was who the baby might look like, “we were really lucky because the baby did turn to face us after a while and we were able to see its features and profile – I swear this baby looks like my middle son” she says pulling out her blackberry to show a picture of the 10 year old.
The cutting edge technology allows parents to see a detailed outline of the whole baby, and all its body parts clearly, even down to its toes. Unlike old 2D technology which creates fuzzy ultra-sound shots, 4D becomes a moving image, like a movie.
Glowing Mom Pregnancy Spa and 3D/4D Ultrasound Clinic is the first of its kind in Ontario, and only second in all of Canada. Offering both the latest technology in 3D/4D fetal ultrasound imaging and a Pre- and Post-natal pregnancy spa, Glowing Mom provides moms, and dads, a wide range of organic and non-toxic spa services and massages, including their increasingly popular pre-conception massage which research has shown can increase conception during IVF treatments by up to 63%.
Owner Bilijana Vasileva conceived of the idea of offering a pregnancy spa along with the ultrasound clinic because she had not seen anything else like that out there. “Being a foreign-trained medical Doctor myself and having worked in IVF clinics I found that there were limited services that catered to pregnant women specifically. I wanted to open an ultrasound clinic that was more than just a place to get some picture done and run out the door. I wanted to offer pregnant and new moms a tranquil, calming environment that would address the needs of pregnant and post-natal women. That’s how the spa idea came about.
One of their most popular offerings are the massages which are administered by highly-trained and prenatal certified RMT’s. Whether you choose to come into the spa for a non-toxic manicure, clearing facial or yummy tummy belly treatment or just can’t wait to see your baby for the first time, Glowing Mom has it all.
Located in the newly-revitalized Kerr Village in Oakville Ontario, Glowing Mom opened its doors in January of this year and has been taking care of moms ever since.
“My whole goal with this business was to be able to combine some of my medical background with my love of working with people. I wanted to do it in a non-clinical way so this was what I came up with and I’m really happy. The moms are happy, the dads and happy and the whole family walks out happy. It was a risky idea but I’m glad I took the risk.”
A celebrated success story in her own right in Oakville, Biljana, a former Doctor in her native Macedonia, is now a mentor to other women and entrepreneurs in the Halton Region. She gives talks and tours, offering realistic advice on what it takes to introduce a new business concept and bring it to the marketplace. Her goal is to build her business and to inspire other new immigrants and foreign-trained doctors to start taking control and realize their dreams.
Glowing Mom is open 6 days a week and offers non-diagnostic imaging services and gender determination. Physicians recommend having a 3D/4D ultrasound around 26-30 weeks into the pregnancy.
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