Early in your pregnancy we offer scans to check for a heartbeat, then later on we can tell you your baby’s gender, offer reassurance that everything is progressing normally and check on the position towards delivery. Read more…
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The harmony test is a new non-invasive prenatal screening test (NIPT) which can be performed from 10 weeks. It can identify babies with Down’s, Edwards and Patau’s Syndromes with high sensitivity.
You may be asked to attend the scan with a full bladder as this pushes your womb up which gives a better picture.
You then lie on your back and some lubricating gel is put on your abdomen. A small device is then passed backwards and forwards over your skin, and high-frequency sound is beamed through your abdomen into the womb. The sound is reflected back and creates a picture, which is shown on a TV screen.
Ask for the picture to be explained to you if the image seems confusing. It should be possible for your partner to come with you and see the scan. Many couples feel that this helps to make the baby seem real for them both.
Ultrasound Scans have been used in pregnancy for many years, and if they are used according to the guidelines there is no evidence to say that they are harmful. The person carrying out the scans (sonographer) will make sure that these guidelines are followed to ensure the maximum level of safety for both patients.
Our scans supplement the essential scanning undertaken by the NHS. Early in pregnancy, we provide our patients with valuable reassurance. Later on, the scans can help parents bond with their babies, providing a unique insight into the womb.