The first opportunity to find out your baby’s gender will usually occur during one of the ultrasound scans that you have during pregnancy. Depending on when you have your scans, this might not be during your first ultrasound. It is impossible to tell whether your baby is a boy or a girl before 16 weeks. You can arrange a gender scan to find out after this, but the sonographer will usually be able to tell you the baby’s sex during any ultrasound you have after this date.
Sonographers can generally identify your baby’s gender after 16 weeks, but it isn’t always obvious. In some cases they won’t be able to give a definite answer. You probably won’t be able to tell for yourself whether the baby is a boy or a girl from the scan pictures. Sometimes it is obvious that your baby is a boy, but in other cases it can be harder to determine. It is also true that some expectant parents misinterpret what they are looking at and think that they’re having a boy when the baby is actually a girl. If you want to know your baby’s sex, it is therefore best to ask the sonographer rather than to try to work it out for yourself from the ultrasound pictures.
However, it is up to you whether you want to know or not. Some parents are keen to find out and will arrange a gender scan as soon as possible. Others will be happy to wait until their first routine scan after 16 weeks, when the gender can be revealed alongside other information about baby’s growth and development. In some cases, the parents prefer to wait to find out when their baby is born. If you would prefer not to know then it is a good idea to tell your sonographer so that they can reduce the chances of showing you anything on the screen, especially during later or 4D ultrasound scans. Although many parents who make this choice will hold out until the birth, you will be able to arrange a gender scan at any point in the pregnancy after 16 weeks if you change your mind.
' 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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