An Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan, also called a Viability or Dating scan, will confirm a pregnancy, confirm the gestation age and establish an Estimated Due Date (EDD).
An Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Scan can be performed from 7 weeks of pregnancy. This pregnancy scan is available to all women, and particularly recommended where there has been pain or bleeding. The early pregnancy scan can be performed from as early as 5 weeks or 6 weeks of pregnancy, however this is only recommended if clinically indicated.
We recommend this scan for all pregnant women, however particularly for those over 35, where there is an increased incidence of miscarriage. We also recommend this ultrasound scan for those with a history of pregnancy miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
We offer morning, afternoon and evening availability during the week, as well as weekend appointments. A surcharge will be applied for evening and weekend appointments. We have a wide range of availability therefore same day appointments can be easily arranged. Our Sonographers are here to reassure even at short notice.
The Birth Company is the first clinic in UK to offer this service allowing you to share your pregnancy ultrasound with friends and family wherever they are in the world. This optional recording can be shared via Email, Facebook and Twitter. We will offer this to you routinely at the end of the scan. The transmission is instantaneous. Please note on this system there is no sound, only video. It is a national policy not to permit patient or partner's phone recording in a room. Simply tell your sonographer that you would like an electronic transmission of your scan. It will appear on your phone immediately.
The next pregnancy scan is the 12 week Nuchal Translucency Scan which assesses the likelihood of Down's syndrome and other chromosomal conditions. You can have the Nuchal Translucency Scan from 11 weeks 2 days to 13 weeks 6 days of pregnancy. As well as receiving a probability for Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s syndrome we can also diagnose certain major fetal conditions. The Nuchal Translucency ultrasound scan demonstrates an 85% sensitivity for the detection of Down’s syndrome.
If you are looking for a test with a higher detection rate than the Nuchal Translucency Scan, the new Non Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) such as Harmony NIPT, Panorama NIPT or SAFE NIPT can be taken from 10 weeks of pregnancy. This screening test is non-invasive, involving an ultrasound scan then a simple and safe blood test from the mother's arm.
It is not uncommon for the ultrasound scan findings to show that the pregnancy is not progressing at the expected rate. This can be due to uncertainty with pregnancy dates, or may be related to the health of the pregnancy. There may be the need to perform a further ultrasound scan in 7-14 days to assess the viability of the pregnancy.
In some cases the sonographer may diagnose is a missed miscarriage. If this happens to you the Sonographer will offer counselling during the appointment.
There are various options depending on the duration of the pregnancy and the overall situation. Comprehensive useful information is available through the Miscarriage Association website www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/
We had received possible worrying news from our NHS anomaly scan, without much information provided or confirmation. I am so pleased that we came to The Birth Company for reassurance, as we are now extremely happy that everything is fine. Shahrzad was fantastic and went through the whole anomaly scan thoroughly, explaining everything and looking in detail at each area. Nothing was rushed and she took her time to make sure baby was in the correct position to get the best results. We can’t thank her and Dr Gibb enough for the confidence they have given us. Would highly recommend The Birth Company for all scans.
' Professional and reassuring 'Helen Campbell
The sonographer was ready as soon as I arrived, and she was extremely calming, personable and professional. The scan and blood test where efficient without feeling rushed and all very easy. These appointments can feel uneasy and make you feel anxious but I felt reassured and in professional hands the whole time
I saw Kate throughout my first pregnancy and am now doing so again with my second. She is absolutely amazing, she explains everything really clearly, and has answered all sorts of bizarre questions and worries I have had. On top of being clinically excellent she is also just the loveliest person and always a pleasure to see.Sarah Elliott
We had the harmony test with the Birth Company and had a reassurance scan with sonographer Kirsty McGarry who was absolutely lovely and really put our minds at rest. We had been scared by our NHS dating scan and left feeling like there was something wrong. We explained the situation and was treated very professionally and with good care. Also speedy appointments also as I had phone in the morning and got an appointment by afternoon. So thankful.Ashley and Tom
Really friendly, efficient service. Great experience overall. Had the Panorama. My appointment was with Kate who was absolutely fantastic. The results came really quickly. Have a comparison with private healthcare elsewhere and must say that The Birth Company was just how I would like to be treated when I pay for medical services - attentively, calmly, friendly, in a pleasant environment that doesn't look like hospital. Top marks!Anna
' Efficient, friendly and always on hand to provide last minute appointments 'Hannah Murphy
The Birth Company has been excellent, providing timely scans and blood tests during my IVF treatment abroad. Staff are always friendly and extremely efficient. I would highly recommend coming here.
' Professional and friendly 'Lyndsey Dilla
When I first contacted the Birth Company I spoke to Danielle. She was fantastic. She went above & beyond to put me at easy & make the journey from Kent as stress free as possible. Every staff member that myself and my husband have come into contact with have been approachable, professional and friendly. Kate scanned me the first time and put me completely at easy. Lisa on reception is professional and very approachable. Highly recommended
' Highly recommended 'Emelie
Donald was so lovely! I was so nervous as I have a bad history and he was super quick and confirmed my baby's heartbeat as quickly as he could. He spent time showing me the baby and the anatomy and it was the best money I have ever spent! The reception girls were lovely too - considering they deal with babies day in day out they were super excited for me! Thank you so much one and all! If only I lived in London and could have all my scans with you!
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