Midwife can keep a secret

May 18 2013 - 11:06pm

If Mom and Dad don't know if they're having a boy or a girl, certified nurse midwife Christy Francis doesn't want to know, either.

"Sometimes if they're having a surprise, it helps me to be surprised ... because I don't want to accidentally slip," says Francis, who offers routine ultrasounds for mothers throughout their pregnancies at Ogden Nurse Midwives in South Ogden.

Extra care is needed on ultrasounds, Francis says, in order to avoid scrolling over "something" that reveals the sex, or to avoid reacting to seeing that something.

"You hope they don't see any different look on your face," she says.

Adds ultrasound technician Kathy Field: "If you slip and tell them, it's like ruining Christmas, you know what I mean?"

Field says she tells parents to remind her every time they come in for an ultrasound -- every time -- that they don't want to know the baby's sex.

The nurse remembers one mother who pointed at something moving on her infant's ultrasound and asked Field what it was.

"Oh my gosh, that's his testicles," Field replied, without even thinking. "She was going to be induced the next day, so I totally ruined it for her."

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