Included in this package:
NIPT: From 10 weeks including optional gender determination
The NIPT in early pregnancy is useful for patients who are anxious about their baby having a chromosomal abnormality such as Down’s, Edwards’ or Patau's syndrome, older women (particularly over 40 years) and those who have previously had a chromosomally abnormal pregnancy. A scan is performed as part of the appointment confirming all is well in the early stages of pregnancy and providing much needed reassurance.The result is usually available within 3 -14 days. There is approximately a 5% chance that no result is obtained with Harmony, 4% with Panorama and less than 3% with SAFE test. if the test is unsuccessful an offer of a repeat test is made free of charge. In rare circumstances the result can take longer than 14 days. We understand it can be a stressful time waiting for results and we endeavour to communicate any delays to our patients as soon as we receive information from the laboratory.
Reassurance scan: 13-14 weeks including NT & Nasal bone assessment
Following a low risk result from the NIPT test you are seen again at the end of the first trimester for a reassurance scan. The sonographer will assess the development of the baby paying particular attention to the Nuchal translucency measurement and nasal bone as part of the baby’s anatomy. The baby’s movement, amount of amniotic fluid and placental position is also reported.
Anomaly Scan: 20 – 24 weeks full anatomical checks
At 20-24 week gestations you will be having the fetal anomaly scan. It is a very thorough scan where measurements of the baby's head, brain, abdomen and legs are reported and plotted on a chart. The detailed anatomy of the baby is checked including heart, brain, spine, bowel and limbs to detect any abnormalities. The fetal sex can be reported by scan at this stage if requested.
Wellbeing/Growth scan: 28 weeks including 3D/4D imaging
During this scan we measure the baby's head, abdomen and femur length, and estimate the baby’s weight. This gives a guide to your baby’s growth pattern. We also look at how the baby is moving, the amount of amniotic fluid, and where the placenta is located. We will also assess the Doppler blood flow in the umbilical cord blood vessels to check the placental function. 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 also provide a USB stick with the full 3D/4D experience.
Wellbeing/Growth scan: 36 weeks including pre-birth check
The last scan of your package aims to offer information of the baby’s growth and wellbeing in the last stages prior to delivery. The position of the baby is checked as well as the estimated fetal weight as part of the pre-birth check. The growth, amniotic fluid, fetal activity and dopplers are the main focus of this scan.
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 'Anna s
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!