A 3D/4D High-Definition ultrasound scan can be performed to see your baby’s face and limbs from 26 to 32 weeks of pregnancy. Parents to be often chose this pregnancy scan as an early opportunity to bond further with their baby, or invite relatives along to meet their little one.
A 4D scan is a 3D scan with the added dimension of real time – as in a film or video – so the baby can be seen to be moving. This will be recorded on a USB stick for you to take home, with further clips and images sent directly to your mobile phone.
4D scans are not commonly needed for medical reasons, however if your baby has a facial condition such as cleft lip or cleft palate, a 3D or 4D scan could provide extra information for medical purposes.
At The Birth Company your baby’s wellbeing is of the most importance, therefore we always perform a comprehensive assessment of your baby’s growth and development, included with every scan.
The Birth Company is a calm, relaxing pregnancy clinic. We offer longer appointment times as routine. More time for baby, more time for you.
To see baby’s face clearly, it may take a little time to get a good view, so the scan could take longer than 40 minutes. If the baby is not in a favourable position you may be asked to go for a walk and return later, or to have a cold drink or some food to encourage some extra activity from baby. If during your appointment we are unable to see baby’s face, we will invite you to return for a rescan free of charge.
The best time to perform a 4D scan is at 26-32 weeks of pregnancy when there is a greater volume of amniotic fluid but when the baby has not yet become too big. It is more difficult to see the face if the placenta is at the front of the womb (anterior placenta) or your baby has arms or legs in front of the face. The baby can be seen moving and sometimes it is possible to record your baby yawning or stretching.
A 3D/4D scan is ideally performed between 26 – 32 weeks of pregnancy. Please note, the further along you are in your pregnancy the more difficult it may become to see baby’s face. If you are having twins, 26 weeks is the best time to see your babies.
Depending on the fetal position and advanced gestation (as the pregnancy progresses it becomes harder to see all of baby’s anatomy), the sonographer will try to visualise major organs and structures. This is an advanced gestation anomaly scan.
Your baby’s growth will be assessed by ultrasound, which is more accurate than the traditional tape measure used by the antenatal team in the NHS. Measurements are taken of baby’s head (the head circumference or HC), the size of the baby’s tummy (the abdominal circumference or AC) and the length of the baby’s upper leg (femur length or FL). These measurements can give an Estimated Fetal Weight, EFW, which can help predict baby’s weight at birth. These measurements are plotted on a growth velocity chart, which is printed on a report that you can show your midwife at your next antenatal appointment.
Further checks include the position, or presentation, of baby and the volume of amniotic fluid (AFI) which baby is surrounded by. The Umbilical Doppler blood flow in the Umbilical cord is also assessed.
A consistent growth pattern, normal amount of amniotic fluid and normal umbilical doppler can reassure that your baby is thriving. Assessing the position of the placenta and blood vessels reassures that your baby will be delivered safely.
3D / 4D scans are an optional opportunity to bond with your baby, seeing your baby’s face before the birth. The scans are always performed safely, with accredited sonographers and high quality, advanced ultrasound equipment.
We always include a fetal wellbeing and growth scan. Growth scans are commonly performed for the following reasons:
Our specialist sonographer is the best and most qualified person to perform the 3D/4D HD pregnancy scan.
There is no particular preparation for this scan. Some parents to be bring a cold or hot drink, or snack as this may encourage more activity from your little one during the scan
The baby needs to be in a favourable position for the face to be seen clearly. This may take up to 40 minutes. If the placenta is at the front of your womb (anterior) this can affect how clearly your baby’s face can be seen. Ultrasound scans can be limited by an increased maternal BMI.
We may ask you to take a short walk, a hot or cold drink or a snack to encourage your baby to move. If we ae unable to complete the scan on the day due to baby’s position, we will invite you to return for another appointment free of charge.
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. We offer this to you routinely with your 3D/4D HD Scan. The transmission is instantaneous. Please note on this system currently there is no sound, only video. It is a national policy not to permit patient or partner's phone recording in a room.
We provide still ultrasound images for you to take away with you on the day. We also send these to you electronically, with a couple of video clips. We provide a USB stick with the full 3D/4D experience.
A Fetal Wellbeing/Growth scan can be performed anytime from 24 to 40 weeks. A further Fetal Well-being and Growth scan (including Doppler) can be performed anytime if there is a continuing concern. Where serial growth scans are recommended, a period of 2-4 weeks between scans gives the best opportunity to assess baby’s growth pattern.
For cancellations, a full refund of your appointment fee will be given with 24 hours notice. If less than 24 hours notice of cancellation is given, a £50 cancellation fee will be applied. Our full terms and conditions can be found here: Terms and Conditions
The Birth Company is now able to offer the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) IgG Antibody blood test, at a cost of £100. If you would like to have this blood test performed whilst attending for your ultrasound scan appointment, please let us know ahead of your appointment in order to allow for a longer appointment time and to take payment over the telephone using our secure payment portal.
For more information about the test, please follow this link to The Doctors Laboratory website.
Some early pregnancy ultrasound scans are performed using a transvaginal probe technique. This technique is used to view the pelvic anatomy optimally, as the ultrasound probe can transmit safe ultrasound waves more directly to the pelvic area. In later stages of pregnancy, it may be advised to perform a transvaginal ultrasound scan to have a closer look at a baby’s anatomy, or to assess the maternal cervix.
There is no clinical risk associated with performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan. Transvaginal ultrasound scans can safely be performed during episodes of vaginal bleeding.
It is important that you understand the procedure that is associated with this examination.The ultrasound transducer will be placed in the vagina (the probe is prepared using high grade medical disinfectant)
Below is a link to our Transvaginal Ultrasound Consent Form. This must be completed ahead of your appointment to confirm whether you consent or do not consent to having your scan performed transvaginally.
If you are a virgin (Virgo intacta; hymen intact), guidance determines that transvaginal ultrasound scans are clinically contraindicated. If you have discussed this concern with your referrer and wish to proceed with a transvaginal ultrasound scan, this type of examination can be performed.
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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