NHS and private ultrasound scans during pregnancy

It is important that you see a Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. Women have their first and longest Antenatal appointment between 6 – 12 weeks of pregnancy with their Midwife. This is called a “booking” visit and involves questions about your health, any illnesses or previous pregnancies. This helps us to see if there may be any possible problems during your pregnancy and allows us to tailor your Antenatal care for your specific needs. At the start of your pregnancy, during your booking visit, your Midwife will make an assessment based on your previous and current medical and pregnancy history. If you have not had any problems, then the Midwife will state that you are low risk and will be suitable for Midwifery-led care. This means that you will have all of your Antenatal care provided by the Midwife, and you will only need to attend the hospital for routine scan appointments. You will not see an Obstetrician unless a problem arises.

Dating Scan

So just what does happen at the week scan? At 12 weeks pregnant, you will be offered an ultrasound scan. Your week scan can take place any time between 11 and 13 weeks. So you can see all his organs, muscles, limbs and bones are in place, and the sex organs are well developed too.

In the UK you will be offered at least two, the first at 8 to 14 weeks and the The dating scan, also known as the 12 week scan, is offered between 8 and

Baby Connections is a private obstetric ultrasoun scanning centre at St Joseph’s Hospital with experienced sonographers. We offer a complete range of obstetric packages giving you the reassurance at all stages of your pregnancy. We perform early pregnancy scans, gender determination, 4D and late presentation scans. You are embarkign on a life changing journey. Baby Connections gives you the opportunity to capture and record these landmark occasions forever utilising state-of-the-art ultrasound technology in stunning high definition.

At six weeks the purpose of the early viability ultrasound scan is to confirm a fetal heartbeat and exclude an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes which can be dangerous for the mother. If you have unexpected bleeding which is extremely distressing then at BabyConnections we can provide you with an immediate appointment, usually on the same day, for your ultrasound scan giving you much needed reassurance.

Most early viability scans can be performed by scanning through your tummy trans-abdominally when you are six weeks gestation or greater, however if the pregnancy is earlier than expected or the ultrasound picture is unclear we would recommend you have a trans-vaginal scan TV with your consent. This is an internal scan in which our Sonographer will place a small probe into your vaginal cavity to assess your fetus and pelvic structures in more detail.

For a small group of patients we realise that the elation at finding out you are pregnant can also be accompanied with feelings of uncertainty and apprehension especially if you have had difficulties in the past with conceiving and miscarriage.

Maternity Services

Ultrasound scans can tell you lots of information about your baby. They check that they are growing and developing normally, using sound waves to build a picture of your baby in your womb. They have no known side effects on mothers or babies and can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy.

At or around 36 weeks the Midwife will discuss your birth plan with you and Baby’ ​your- 12 weeks (dating scan/nuchal translucency) and 20 weeks (detailed scan​) of.

If you plan to give birth at home, contact your midwife to discuss your options. Giving birth in our hospitals At present women on low risk pathways who are not suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus can still choose to have a water birth in our birth centres or on our labour wards. We are currently still able to perform planned and emergency caesarean sections but would like to inform women who are booked with us that we may need to change the date of any planned procedure depending on staff availability.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. As the pandemic progresses we will continue to prioritise the safety of women and their babies. If there is a significant reduction in staff, it may not be possible to support planned caesarean sections which have no medical or obstetric indication. We may also need to review other planned caesarean sections which are not medically necessary.

We will keep this website updated with the latest guidance and thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.

Time for your 12-week scan? Here’s what to expect…

Get the earliest confirmation of dates from 8 weeks using measurements of the baby. For added peace of mind during your pregnancy, our reassurance scan is from 12 weeks. Our firstScan clinics offer a range of specialist early scans , such as IVF, reccurent miscarriage, previous ectopic and more. At the heart of all our scans is the well-being of Mum and Baby from as early as 6 weeks two weeks after your first positive pregnancy test.

For most mums the 12 week scan will be their first baby scan and it can happen anytime between 8 and 14 weeks and is also known as the dating scan.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here. Hide this message. At your first booking appointment your community midwife will discuss and offer you a range of screening tests, the tests include blood tests and ultrasound scans of your baby. The screening tests offered are to help identify any health problems that you may have or that could affect your baby. You will have been given a booklet to help you understand the screening tests available to you.

Antenatal Screening

At these appointments you will be given a range of information about your options during pregnancy. This information is to help you to make informed choices. The aim is to promote care, which is safe and personalised to you and your baby.

Your 1st Trimester Scan (also known as a dating scan, 12 week scan or NT scan)​. As soon as you have had your initial booking appointment with the midwife.

This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons:. It is not diagnostic. We also like to arrange this for around 12 weeks, but it can be performed between 10 and 14 weeks. Occasionally during the scan, a miscarriage might be diagnosed even though you might still ‘feel pregnant’. This first routine scan is carried out for the following reasons: to confirm when the baby is due: the early scan helps us to work out the date when your baby is due.

We might suggest a different date from that indicated by your last period. This is because not all pregnancies are conceived exactly 14 days after the first day of the last period. If your pregnancy is the result of assisted conception, we would normally calculate the delivery date from the date of your treatment.

It is important to know your final due date for your care later in pregnancy. It is also important to help us to plan your care appropriately.

Your pregnancy – What to expect

Visit NHS Choices for a detailed pregnancy and baby guide with lots of useful tips for parents to be. Act now to protect your baby from whooping cough from birth. You can request the vaccination from your midwife after your 20 week scan at your antenatal appointment or you can just turn up to Floor 1, Maternity between Monday — Friday 9am -5pm. It’s used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and check your baby’s development.

Dating and anomaly scans. You will have your 12 and 20 week scans carried out in this department by our sonographers. There is a £5 charge.

These are external links and will open in a new window. Pregnant women are to be allowed to take a partner or nominated other to scheduled antenatal appointments under new guidelines. Covid measures in Wales have meant a woman could only be accompanied by a birthing partner during active labour. Women can now be accompanied to their week dating scan, early pregnancy clinic, anomaly scan or when visiting a foetal medicine department.

The measures are outlined in Welsh Government guidelines. Chief nursing officer for Wales Jean Whites said: “These new arrangements will require modification to the physical environment and new ways of working in order to keep everyone safe. In a video on Twitter, she said information from local health boards would tell women what to expect. The guidance says: “We are aware that lack of opportunities for partners to attend appointments such as ultrasound scans have caused distress for families at this time.

It says the nominated partner would preferably be from the same household or part of an extended household. However a birthing partner can still only attend during “active” labour. The guidance also updated rules on visiting people in hospital. It says health boards and trusts should not return to “business as usual” and virtual visits should continue where possible.

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