Most women will have at least a couple of ultrasound scans during their pregnancy, but depending on the situation they may have one or more other tests, either before conception or during pregnancy. Some of the most common tests include pre-conception ultrasounds, and blood tests carried out for screening purposes.
These scans are carried out prior to conception, for women who are having fertility treatments or are having trouble conceiving. They include the endometrial scan, which examines the endometrium of the uterus, and the follicular-tracking scan, which looks at egg maturation. In either case, an abnormal scan result might indicate a reason for fertility problems.
In pregnancy, a range of blood tests can be used to screen for certain kinds of chromosomal abnormalities. These tests can be carried out from around week 10 onwards, and can detect Down’s syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Patau’s syndrome, as well as certain sex chromosome abnormalities. Known as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), these tests are called the Harmony test, Panorama test, and SAFE test.
For parents whose NIPT shows a high risk for a chromosomal abnormality, they have the option to confirm a diagnosis with an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). Both of these tests involve the removal of liquid or tissue from the uterus via a long ultrasound-guided needle. However, these tests are somewhat invasive and carry a miscarriage risk of approximately 1%.
Parents who choose to have one of these tests do so for a variety of reasons. In some cases, it’s due to a family history of genetic disorders, and the desire to confirm whether the baby is affected. Some parents want to have as much information as possible about the pregnancy so that they can prepare to support a child with special needs. For others, it’s about having the information they need to decide whether or not having the child is the right choice.
At The Birth Company we offer a full range of prenatal and antenatal ultrasound scans, so when you need a London private scan we're the ones to call! We also provide non-invasive prenatal testing, including the Harmony test, Panorama test, and SAFE test. The Birth Company offers next-day appointments and are open every day, so if you need an ultrasound quickly we're happy to help.
' 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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