FAQs

You are sure to have your routine scans done through your GP or Midwife with your local NHS Trust. Early Life scans do not replace your NHS routine scans, they should be considered as well as. NHS scans are there for your GP or Midwife to monitor the well being and progress of your developing baby. Early Life scans are there to enable you & your partner to be able to have access to ultrasound services between your routine scans to either confirm pregnancy viability as an early scan, check the gender of your baby prior to your 20 week scan (or after if baby hides) or to get head start in the bonding process with your baby.
3D images are still images and 4D images are animated, (so the fourth dimension is time).
For the best images of your baby we recommend that you arrange an appointment for between 24 weeks and 34 weeks but of course it is entirely up to you when you wish to see your baby.
Not always. There are some factors that can affect the success of your baby scan, the most common being the position of your baby but mum's build and a high BMI can also affect the quality of the pictures. If this happens we will ask you to get up, walk about and have a drink to encourage your baby to move. In some cases when we cannot get good quality images it will be appropriate to offer you another appointment free of charge.
Yes it can. The success of your baby scan will depend on the amount of room your baby has to move around and we recommend coming before 26 weeks to be on the safe side. If you are having twins you should consider having the 3D scan at around 24 – 26 weeks. There are no extra charges for twins, although we would ask if you could let us know if you are expecting twins so that we can allow extra time.
Yes, although it is optional and only possible of your baby is in the right position. It is also not a guaranteed diagnosis of your baby's sex
Ultrasound technology has been available for the last 50 years. It uses sound waves NOT radiation to produce an image of your baby and has no one has ever found them to be harmful. All Sonographers adhere to the ALARA Principle that is part of sonographer training which stands for As Low As Reasonably Acheivable. For further information please visit : www.gov.uk/government/publications/ultrasound-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-the-impact-of-exposure/ultrasound-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-impact-of-exposure
We would like you to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment for your 3D / 4D ultrasound scan to fill out consent forms etc . The scan time will be determined by the package that you choose and will include time for processing your images ready for you to take home.
You may bring up to up to 6 guests seated, although if you would like to bring more people this would be fine providing they don't mind standing. Children are most welcome but it may be handy if they are accompanied by an adult so as not to loose valuable scanning time.
It is quite important to have a full bladder when attending early scans although it can be helpful for 3D and 4D scanning appointments.
Payment for 2D, 3D and 4D baby scans be made by credit/debit card or Paypal on the day, although we do require a £30.00 non-refundable deposit for all packages. We request a 48 hour cancellation if you wish to cancel. If an appointment is cancelled after 48 hour you deposit will become non-refundable.
Yes definitely. Our 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound scans should be regarded as additional scans and are not part of your routine antenatal care. It is important that you attend all your hospital appointments.
Should an unexpected abnormality be noticed you will be referred to your midwife or GP.
Scans offered by the Early Life Ultrasound Centre are designed to fit between routine scans and you can often be seen more quickly without referral particularly if you require an early pregnancy scan. There has been increasing evidence that following 3D & 4D ultrasound scanning sessions the mothers care of herself and in turn baby may improve. There may be more of an inclination to eat more healthily, take more care in every day activities and reduce alcohol or tobacco intake.

We've included some commonly asked questions on this page to help you find out more information on how our baby scanning works.

If you'd like clarification on anything or wish to discuss things in more detail, then don't hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01242 300810 or email info@earlylife.co.uk