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November 23 2017

Bonding with your baby with scans throughout your pregnancy


There is nothing quite like watching your baby in the womb for the first time. It doesn’t matter how many times you have been pregnant before, that magical moment when you see your baby on the screen stays with you forever.  The London Ultrasound Centre provides the opportunity to supplement your two NHS scans and bond with your unborn child. We have packages and special offers available to suit all budgets and the extra scans can bring you peace of mind should you need extra reassurance at any stage. 

NHS wraparound scans

The NHS typically only offers two scans during pregnancy at around twelve weeks (dating scan) and twenty weeks (anomaly scan). Both scans check the development of the baby and the twenty week scan is usually where the gender of your baby can be revealed, if so desired.

At the London Ultrasound Centre we can offer you a complete spectrum of private ultrasound scans throughout your pregnancy.  If you chose to have NHS scans we can offer additional private scans to complement the scans that you receive on the NHS. You might feel that you would like extra scans, as you are a first time mum or you have had complications in the past.

We offer early pregnancy scans for those who may want extra reassurance, or for people who perhaps want to announce the news a little bit earlier to mark a special occasion. We can also tell at that early stage whether you are expecting a multiple pregnancy and estimate your due date.

You may want to see your baby again after your NHS 20 week scan. Later on in pregnancy, presentation scans can help you know which way the baby is facing and help you prepare for their arrival. Pregnancy scans from week 22 onwards can also help you bond with your baby or be used as an opportunity to show baby to a sibling or other loved ones.

Gender reveal scans

Knowing the gender of your baby can help you plan ahead and if you want to find out as soon as possible, or baby wasn’t co-operating during your NHS scan, you can have a gender reveal scan from 15 weeks. These extra scans are also a great opportunity to involve siblings, close friends or family members in your pregnancy journey.

Welfare Scans – extra reassurance after weeks 22 onwards

If you feel that you would like some extra reassurance that everything is developing normally then we can offer scans throughout your pregnancy with welfare scans available in the second and third trimester. These scans are longer appointments and use Dopplers to measure blood flow you’re your placenta to your baby and we will also estimate the weight of your baby.  If you want to talk to someone about any concerns we also have consultations available with our foetal medicine experts.

Watching your baby in 4D

Cocoon4D is a 4D video baby scanning service exclusive to the London Ultrasound Centre. Our modern scanning suite has been carefully planned with mothers to be and partners in mind. This amazing technology enables you to see your baby’s features in exquisite detail and you will get a glimpse into your child’s life in your womb. This special bonding experience enables you to see your baby smiling, moving and sucking their thumb.  This service is available from weeks 28 onwards (or 25 onwards for multiples).

The London Ultrasound Centre is an independent private scanning clinic for women in the heart of London’s private healthcare district. We offer a range of scans for pregnancy, fertility and gynaecology as well as the latest 4D technology.  We also offer consultations in obstetrics and gynaecology, high risk pregnancy  follow-ups  and women well being packages for a range of gynaecological issues.

For more information about our scans and available packages, please contact us on 020 3819 3282.

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March 01 2017

Top ten pregnancy questions answered by our midwife and sonographer Becky Rutherford

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October 17 2016

The Science behind an Ultrasound Scan

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June 02 2016

Why Ultrasound Scans Have Become The Staple Of 21st Century Pregnancy

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