Private Gender & Foetal Wellbeing Ultrasound Scan
From 16 - 18 Weeks
There is nothing more important than your baby’s well-being. Our Gender and Foetal Wellbeing Scan, offered at 16-18 Weeks, equips you with the information needed to confidently continue your pregnancy and take any required precautions to safeguard your baby’s health.
During your scan, one of our compassionate, Specialists will assess the wellbeing and development of your baby. Your scan includes foetal biometry, amniotic fluid and placenta checks, a basic anatomy evaluation, and a sex reveal. If you’d like to keep your baby’s sex a surprise, we are happy to accommodate. It’s your journey, and you are in control.
Here at Harley Street Ultrasound, your comfort is our top priority, and we use leading-edge ultrasound technology to give you peace of mind. Schedule your appointment today.
All Fees Inclusive
Gender & Foetal Wellbeing Scan
Ultrasounds help empower you to protect the health and wellbeing of your baby during your pregnancy
All Fees Inclusive
One-to-One Specialist Appointment
Feel confident in the care you receive. Our specialists can interpret your scan and provide comprehensive advice if necessary.
No Referral Required
You do not require a referral before booking an appointment with our clinic — giving you back complete control of your health.
We aim to provide results to you on the day of your visit. Our specialists will explain their findings during your ultrasound examination.
Full Digital Report
Following your appointment, a complete digital report of your Ultrasound examination will be emailed to you directly and securely.
High-Res Digital Images
In addition to the report, images of your scan will be sent for you to share with a healthcare specialist of your choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Gender and Foetal Wellbeing Scan include?
The gender and foetal wellbeing scan gives you the critical information you need about your baby’s health to feel confident and supported on your pregnancy journey. The scan is offered at 16 to 18 weeks. During the scan, our specialised consultants will perform the following:
- Foetal biometry, which measures your baby’s size. Using this data, your consultant will provide the estimated foetal weight (EFW) and plot it on a growth chart, so you can see how your baby is tracking.
- Assessment of the amniotic fluid, which surrounds your baby.
- Assessment of the placenta’s location.
- Assessment of the cervix. In most cases, this will take place during a transabdominal ultrasound, which means the ultrasound wand, called a transducer, will be placed on your tummy. If your consultant suspects an anomaly, they will request your permission to perform a transvaginal ultrasound. During a transvaginal ultrasound, a small, tampon-like probe will be inserted into your vagina. The process is quick and shouldn’t hurt.
- Determination of your baby’s sex, if requested.
- A basic anatomy check, which does not replace your anomaly scan. The NHS offers the anomaly scan at the 18 to 24-week mark. We also provide safe and private anomaly scans for pregnant people who are ineligible for NHS cover or do not wish to use NHS-provided antenatal care.
Why might I need a Pregnancy Scan?
Building your family is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences. However, it doesn’t come without ups and downs.
As an expectant parent, the health and development of your baby are your top priority. A foetal wellbeing scan gives you the reassurance that everything is progressing as it should be.
If an anomaly is suspected, a pregnancy scan can arm you with the information and support you need to ensure the best possible outcome before, during, and after delivery.
In addition to keeping you informed and up-to-date with your little one’s development, a foetal wellbeing ultrasound may be recommended if anomalies were detected previously.
Regular ultrasounds do not cause harm to you or your baby and empower your healthcare team to take any required precautions.
What happens during a gender and foetal wellbeing scan?
During your ultrasound, your consultant will calculate the size of your baby using head, tummy, and thigh bone measurements. With this information, they will estimate the weight of your baby (estimated foetal weight or EFW) and plot this on a growth chart.
If your baby is bigger or smaller than expected, your specialist will provide guidance on any next steps or further testing. They can also answer any questions you might have.
In addition, your specialist will assess your amniotic fluid and placenta’s location. Then, they will check your cervix and perform a basic foetal anatomy check.
Finally, they will reveal your baby’s sex. Please let your consultant know if you’d like to keep it a surprise.
Throughout the process, we encourage you to ask questions and raise concerns.
We understand how meaningful this journey is to you and your family, and we are committed to making your experience as positive as possible.
Also, while ultrasounds are pain-free and non-invasive, please let your specialist know if you experience discomfort at any time. We are here to help.
What is foetal biometry?
During your gender and foetal wellbeing ultrasound, your consultant will perform foetal biometry. This process measures your baby’s size using ultrasound images.
The results allow your healthcare team to estimate your baby’s age, weight, size, and growth – all of which offer valuable information about his or her health and wellbeing.
Your consultant will take several measurements during the foetal biometry process. Depending on the position of your baby, these might include:
- The diameter and circumference of your baby’s head
- The crown-rump length (CRL), which measures the length from the top of your baby’s head to his or her bottom
- The circumference of your baby’s tummy
- The length of your baby’s thigh bone, called a femur
Foetal biometry will show whether your baby is small, average, or large for his or her age. Your specialist can advise on the next steps should your baby fall outside the average range.
What happens if my consultant spots something of concern during my pregnancy scan?
While it can be scary to find out your baby is not developing as expected, anomalies are not typically dangerous.
Your specialist will explain their findings and recommend further testing, if necessary. The more information you have, the better you can care for your baby – whatever that may require.
Will my specialist reveal the sex of my baby during the foetal wellbeing ultrasound?
Yes. During your gender and foetal wellbeing scan, your specialist can tell you whether your baby is male or female.
If you do not wish to know, please inform your specialist. They can certainly keep it a secret if you’d like a delivery day surprise.
Do ultrasound scans harm my baby or me?
No. There are no known risks associated with ultrasound scans.
Unlike other medical imaging technologies, ultrasounds don’t use radiation. Instead, they use harmless sound waves to capture images of your baby and the inside of your body.
We advise drinking a few glasses of water an hour before your ultrasound as a full bladder will improve the visibility of your pregnancy on our external ultrasound scan.
What happens after the exam?
There is no particular type of care required after a Gender & Foetal Wellbeing Ultrasound Scan. You may resume your regular diet and daily activities unless your doctor advises you differently.
There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures to ultrasound at the intensity levels used in diagnostic ultrasound.
But depending on your particular results, the doctor may give you additional or alternative instructions after the procedure.
How does Harley Street Ultrasound work with the National Health Service?
Many of our patients are concerned that if they come to us for an ultrasound, they won’t be able to go back to public health. That simply is not the case.
Our goal is to give you answers as quickly as possible and get you on the right treatment path fast – no strings attached.
When you come to us, you will be seen by a qualified specialist who can determine if your situation is serious or not that same day.
We don’t want you to wait weeks on end for an appointment because every minute counts when it comes to something as important as your health.
If your situation is serious, our specialist will write to your doctor on the NHS advising them that you need an urgent appointment.
Registered & Regulated
Our team are fully registered and regulated for practice in the United Kingdom. Our patients should expect nothing less.
Team of Specialists
The team at Harley Street Ultrasound Group is made up of specialist consultants you can rely upon. They are among the best in the industry.
This is backed up with a full range of qualifications and accreditations. All of our specialists are fully registered with all applicable medical regulatory bodies.
At your fingertips
We provide scan images directly to your smartphone, often on the same day following your appointment. Gain the peace of mind and insight you need, without delay.
The Harley Street Experience
We aim to provide the very best experience possible to all of our patients and visitors, and this covers every aspect of our services — from our specialists to our technology and of course to our clinic itself.
When you visit us, you will find our clinic to be a clean, comfortable and reassuring environment. We also maintain a high standard of Covid-19 best practices, ensuring maximum safety at all times.
What Our Patients Say About Their Experience
We are committed to providing a high standard of care to our patients. Take a look at some of the incredible responses we have received.
The doctor was super patient, super kind and the best experience ever. He was listening to me rather than hearing me. He explained everything so carefully and patiently, ensuring he answered and eased all my worries. You can always feel the service provided has given you your money’s worth.
20 Mar 2023
I loved the atmosphere. The staff was prepared and very friendly. I was nervous, but I relaxed myself after one minute.
18 Mar 2023
Very efficient service and knowledgeable staff. I was put at ease through the whole procedure.
18 Mar 2023
Excellent service from start to finish. From taking my calls, booking, greeting on arrival, speed of service, friendly staff, very experienced consultant. It was a brilliant experience!
16 Mar 2023
The doctor was so professional and thorough, putting me at ease immediately. I could see that he is a very compassionate person. I haven’t seen a doctor like him in years. Thank you.
13 Mar 2023
I was taken into the Ultrasound room and the doctor did the check-up and found that everything was normal. He showed me both sides of my neck, the images of my salivary glands, lymph nodes on both sides and thyroid etc., I was very happy with the way Dr. explained everything. Soon after I received the images and the report by email. Thanks for a wonderful experience and great service by the attending Doctor and the staff
11 Mar 2023
Consistently excellent. Highly capable, truly caring professionals. Impossible to fault. Everyone with whom I have been in contact was extremely professional and efficient, warm and friendly. Please don’t change, what you have is very special.
11 Mar 2023
Had a really great experience from start to finish, had the opportunity to ask questions and put any worries to rest as well which was really important to me as a first-time mother!
10 Mar 2023
Wonderful quick appointment. The doctor and Nurse were so polite and kind. Results straight away and brilliant advice is given for the future. Would definitely go back if needed.
9 Mar 2023
Extremely professional experience. My treatment and care was excellent. I thoroughly recommend using this company to give you the best possible experience in assessing your cares and worries.
9 Mar 2023
I was happy with the whole experience; it was straightforward, direct and professional in every way and efficiently carried out. It is what I wanted and expected.
7 Mar 2023
Booking, timing, reception, and explanation the procedure of ultrasound by the nurse and doctor was good.
7 Mar 2023
Monika was excellent and fully supportive. Without her, I would not be able to get there. And the team in the clinic was most helpful, cheerful and very professional. Dr Trevor Gaunt has explained everything in detail. I highly recommend your services.
2 Mar 2023
Very happy with the care that I received at the clinic. I saw the radiographer for an ultrasound scan and the gynaecologist as an emergency today, both professional and kind. All my questions were answered. I feel reassured. I would be very happy to recommend someone to the clinic and will come back if I need to in the future.
2 Mar 2023
Great experience. Very kind clinicians. Everyone was very nice and made me feel at ease. Excellent radiologist.
2 Mar 2023
We were extremely pleased with the easy online booking, very pleasant staff and professional manner, including sharing patient info with the patient step by step.
22 Feb 2023
Very welcoming, relaxed, professional and efficient. Excellent, professional, friendly service. Well worth paying for. Results were sent very quickly. The recommendations were very clear.
21 Feb 2023
Dr Shah, Consultant Radiologist and all the staff I came in contact with were extremely polite and communicated effectively. Kept me informed and supported me.
19 Feb 2023
Absolutely fantastic specialists. I booked an abdominal & pelvic scan, as I had worries about my health and wanted to find out the reasons why I am not well. Very nice and calm atmosphere in the clinic. Everyone is brilliant. Thank you for your care about me.
18 Feb 2023
Very professional service by assertive doctors. The advice provided was balanced, and I felt comfortable with the suggested next steps.
17 Feb 2023
Lovely service. Quick, efficient and very clear. The doctor was very calming and reassuring. Wonderful service.
16 Feb 2023
Was made to feel comfortable by explaining how the process would go and to feel free to ask questions at any time. Straight forward, you get what you paid for in the convenience of your own time.
15 Feb 2023
Easy to book an appointment and excellent care. The doctors and chaperone were friendly and professional. They put me at ease and provided excellent service.
11 Feb 2023
Good service. Doctor was first-class, efficient and tentative.
10 Feb 2023
Lovely staff, environment and feel safe and cared for. Would definitely recommend. Have already been 3 times myself.
9 Feb 2023
I found Chloe and the team friendly, informative, thorough, non-judgmental and reassuring. Made me feel welcome and answered all my questions. Would highly recommend.
6 Feb 2023
Highly satisfied with the service provided, very professional staff, prompt results, and I had all my questions answered. I highly recommend it. Very welcoming, professional and with an obvious level of expertise.
4 Feb 2023
Staff are all so friendly and caring. I felt at ease throughout my appointment for a complete breast assessment. Results were straight away and discussed through with me immediately with my consultant. The results were emailed to me within an hour of my appointment ending. All round fantastic service.
3 Feb 2023
The details of what my appointment involved were clear, the online booking system was easy to use and convenient. I arrived early, and the friendly staff squeezed me into a schedule gap. In my appointment, I did not feel as though I had been squeezed into any schedule gap: all staff, including the consultant, made me feel comfortable and as though they had time for questions, time for listening and were happy to help. I received my report no longer than two hours after I left the clinic. Highly recommend.
3 Feb 2023
Dr Kate Hawtin was excellent both in her manner and professionalism. She explained everything comprehensively and her report was transparent and clear. Also, Monika, who is the receptionist and escorts clients to the examination room, was very helpful and courteous.
2 Feb 2023
The whole experience was super positive. I had an early pregnancy scan and felt in very good hands. Highly recommend!!!
1 Feb 2023
Amazing experience a lively team who really went the extra mile and helped me feel more at ease on what was happening with me. Great services would definetly recommend.
27 Jan 2023
Excellent and professional service from beginning to end. Special mention to the helpful and welcoming nurse. Thank you to Dr Tahir Hussain for his clear explanation of the scan. I look forward to my next check-up with him at Harley Street Ultrasound.
26 Jan 2023
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