Fetal Wellbeing and Growth ultrasound scans are performed from 24 weeks of pregnancy. The scan can even be performed if you have reached 40 weeks or have passed your due date. This ultrasound scan is for parents-to-be who wish for reassurance in their pregnancy or have particular concerns.
A growing baby is a healthy baby so sometimes serial growth scans are performed during pregnancy at 28, 32 and 36 weeks, plotting charts of baby’s growth velocity pattern. We can however perform this pregnancy scan at any stage from 24 weeks.
During this pregnancy scan we measure the baby's head circumference HC, abdominal circumference AC and femur length FL. These measurements are plotted onto growth charts and used to calculate baby’s current weight. This is called the Estimated Fetal Weight, or EFW. This gives an indication to the size your baby will be at birth. This is best predicted from 28 weeks gestation onwards.
We also look at how your baby is moving, the amount of amniotic fluid AFI, and the position of the placenta. We will also assess the Umbilical Artery Doppler blood flow in the umbilical cord blood vessels. It is possible to tell the sex of your baby from this scan, but this becomes more difficult as you approach the end of your pregnancy.
Pregnant women are offered two routine ultrasound scans during pregnancy, this is called the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme.
The Nuchal Translucency scan is offered between 12-14 weeks of pregnancy to screen for the most common chromosomal conditions including Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ Syndrome and Patau’s syndrome.
The other routine pregnancy scan offered by the NHS is around 20 weeks of pregnancy called the Anomaly scan. The purpose of this ultrasound scan is to assess your baby’s physical development and to look for 11 rare conditions, including head/brain and heart conditions.
Serial or individual Fetal Wellbeing and Growth scans may be offered to you by your pregnancy care team if;
Parents-to-be often come to have a second or third trimester private pregnancy scan with us for the following reasons:
A Fetal Wellbeing Scan is performed any time from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Your baby’s growth is 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.
We recommend that all parents-to-be consider having a Fetal Wellbeing and Growth scan at around 36 weeks of pregnancy. This third trimester scan can provide reassurance that there are no signs of birth complications, by confirming the presentation of baby, the size of baby and assessing the doppler blood flow and fluid. This third trimester checks can help you feel confident about baby’s birth.
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.
Our Specialist Sonographers are very experienced, they will take time to answer your questions and concerns. You will be given a comprehensive ultrasound report to show to your antenatal team for further discussion.
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, Instagram and Twitter. We will offer this to you routinely at the end of the 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. Simply tell your sonographer that you would like an electronic transmission of your scan. It will appear on your phone immediately.
No preparation is required.
A further Fetal Well-being and Growth scan (including Doppler) can be done 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.
A Cervical Length Assessment can be added to your Wellbeing/Growth Scan - Click here for more details
A 3D/4D 'HD Live can be performed anytime between 26 - 32 Weeks- Click here for more details
Upgrade to the Bronze Package if you have already had a Reassurance scan - Click here for more details
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
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 internally.
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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