For many parents seeing those first images of their unborn baby is an emotional milestone.
The images are cherished and shared among family and friends.
But for Catherine Osment the whole experience has left her heartbroken.
Catherine Osment says she knew the minute she saw the 4D images of her baby taken by a Bunbury based business called ‘Amazing 4D Imaging’ that she knew something was not right.
She told The Bunbury Mail earlier this year that when she received the images it was “clearly obvious” all eight images were of different babies.
“I knew as soon as I opened them they were fake and it made me feel sick,” Catherine Osment said.
One look at the back of the photos and she could see all the serial numbers and names were completely different.
A simple search on the internet confirmed her fears.
There were all on google images. This was not her baby.
The Bunbury Mail reports that she then took the photos to Big W’s photo centre where the technician told her that some were printed months before she had her scan.
To make matters worse her partner had been planning on having the baby’s image tattooed on his chest. It was lucky for both of them that Catherine realised the scam.
Catherine told the ABC it was disgusting behavior from the business.
“I felt upset, for other people, not just me,” she said.
“People who’ve had these photos for years and up on walls and shared photos with families… all thinking that it’s their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and it’s not.
“It’s of babies that we don’t even know where they originate from.”
She wasn’t alone – another woman Jacinta Langford also found her images were fake.
“I’m angry and upset because I have the photo in a frame and have shared with my friends on Facebook,” she said.