Screening can tell you if there is a risk that you need to consider. It might identify a problem that can be treated before or after birth. It could also reveal a syndrome or congenital abnormality that cannot be treated. Although some parents prefer not to know, we want you to have the option to find out as much as possible about your baby. Having this information can help you to make the right decision for your family, whether that is to terminate the pregnancy or to prepare yourselves to support a child with additional needs.
The screening tests you need will depend on the risk factors affecting you and your baby. For example, you may want a blood test to find out if you’re carrying a congenital disorder such as sickle cell anaemia if you are in a high risk group. We can advise you on which tests are appropriate for you, but the most common options are:
It is very important to understand that these are screening and not diagnostic tests. If a problem is detected during your routine pregnancy screening tests, you will be able to discuss the results with one of our consultants. The doctor will explain what the results mean and how reliable they are. Many of the screening tests carried out during pregnancy can only tell you the risk of a particular problem. If it is the combined nuchal ultrasound and bio-chemistry test that is high risk then a more accurate screening test such as the NIPT can be used to confirm the results. You’ll have a chance to discuss your options with the doctor, including any additional tests or treatments that are available. The maximum reassurance can only be obtained from an Amniocentesis or Chorion Villous sample. Unfortunately these invasive tests also carry a risk of miscarriage.
' 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!
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