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  "Phenomenal experience! Now I know what she's up to in there! Such a beautiful baby, shown to us by fantastic staff - Fab gel too! We cannot thank you enough!"

Rachel Smith
West Yorkshire
 
What is Babyview?


The following Frequently Asked Questions are available to help you better understand Babyview's services:

> What will I see when I'm being scanned?
> Is it safe?
> Is there a minimum charge for a Babyview scan?
> Will the Babyview scan always be successful?
> Does the Babyview scan replace my hospital scan?
> Will the Babyview scan be checking for problems with my baby?
> When can I have a Babyview scan?
> How long does my appointment last?
> Can I bring my family along?
> Do I need to have a full bladder?
> Do I need to bring anything with me?
> Can you tell me the sex of my baby?
> Can I have a Babyview scan if I am expecting twins?
> How do I book a Babyview scan?
> On what days can I book a Babyview scan?
> Are weekend appointments available?

What will I see when I'm being scanned?

You will see your baby moving around, changing position, wriggling its fingers and toes and occasionally kicking and stretching. You will see your baby in both 2D (hospital style) and 4D modes.

During a 4D scan, facial expressions such as blinking, yawning and smiling can often be seen.

If your package includes fetal measurements you will get to find out how well your baby growing; and approximately what weight it is at the time of the scan, as well as how much fluid is around the baby, and how active it is. All this information is then presented in our Pregnancy Progress Report which can then be shown to your midwife.


Is it safe?

During the thirty years or more since the introduction of ultrasound in obstetrics, ultrasound has not been proven to cause harm to either the mother or baby. To ensure the scan is performed as safely and efficiently as possible, we scan using the 'As Low As Reasonably Achievable' (ALARA) principle, ensuring the minimum scanning times and equipment settings are used to produce the highest quality imaging.

If your baby is not in a favourable position at times during your scan, then we stop scanning whilst you move around or change you position, to ensure a safe and efficient scan.


Is there a minimum charge for a Babyview scan?

Yes.
If your scan is not entirely successful (if views are limited for example, by unfavourable baby position), the minimum charge for Babyview scans is £50. The minimum fee includes:-
  • Your scan
  • Fetal sexing (if requested).
  • Pregnancy Progress Report (Pack One and Pack Two PLUS scans only).
  • PLUS:-
  • DVD of the available 2D and 4D scan movies.
  • CD-Rom of saved 2D/3D scan images
  • Two colour photographs.
If you decide to re-book your scan, then please note that the minimum fee is again applicable on any subsequent visit.

If the rescan is a success, then the original full scan price applies.


Will the Babyview scan always be successful?

Not always.
Occasionally, the baby may lie in a difficult position or there may not be a pocket of amniotic fluid in the correct place to show your baby clearly in a 4D view; or the baby may be holding hands or feet over its face, limiting the 4D images available. In these instances the Babyview minimum scan fee of £50 may apply (see FAQ - 'Is there a minimum charge for a Babyview scan?' above for details), so even if the views during the scan may have been limited, you will still receive a DVD, CD ROM and representative photo prints taken from your scan.


Does the Babyview scan replace my hospital scan?

No.
Babyview is entirely optional, and does not replace your routine hospital scans.


Will the Babyview scan be checking for problems with my baby?

Sonographers at Babyview recognise their professional duty of care to anyone having an ultrasound scan during pregnancy. Our Sonographers are NHS trained professionals who apply their high standards of skill, knowledge and experience to every scan they perform and may occasionally during the course of a scan, identify problems related to the pregnancy which they feel may require a medical follow up.

If this was to happen during your scan, the Sonographer will give you a clear explanation of the results, and why a medical follow up is thought to be appropriate. Your midwife will be contacted, and you will be given a detailed written report along with any relevant supporting images.

We will send a copy of the report to your GP, unless specifically requested not to do so.


When can I have a Babyview scan?

The most popular time to have a Babyview scan is at between 27-32 weeks gestation (see pictures in gallery section for examples). However, you can have your scan within a range of dates around this gestation. You can check the appropriate gestational range for your scan by using the Babyview gestation calculator when booking your appointment on-line.


How long does my appointment last?

At Babyview you can chose between a range of packages to suit your requirements. See our prices and packages section.


Can I bring my family along?

At Babyview we believe that seeing your baby helps you to bond with your unborn child and welcome to bring partners, parents, and other children along with you. The Babyview scan studio has room for several adults and children, with comfortable seating within a relaxed atmosphere.
If you are planning a large family visit, please call our office in advance to confirm the number of people attending.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Clients attending WITHOUT children:

Please report to the main BBIC reception in Phase Four as detailed on the directional map to be found on the contact us tab of this website.

Clients attending WITH children (under 16 years):

Children are welcome to come on your visit to Babyview however, they are STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED within the main BBIC reception area. Children who attend must be closely supervised at all times during their stay. This is due to Health and Safety regulations on the BBIC site.
If you bring children along, please DO NOT go into the BBIC reception.
Instead, follow the website instructions to be found on your appointment letter and on the contact us tab of this website and follow the instructions for weekend appointments, parking in Phase Two car park, and on arrival contact our office on Tel - 01226 785 421


Do I need to have a full bladder?

No. Unlike a traditional hospital ultrasound scan there is no need to have a full bladder before you attend. You can relax and enjoy the experience without any discomfort.


Do I need to bring anything with me?

You should bring any antenatal records or notes with you when you attend for your scan, so that we can contact your health professionals if necessary.


Can you tell me the sex of my baby?

This is optional, and only if the baby is in a position where the sex can be easily identified.

If you definitely DO NOT wish to know the sex, don't worry, we will deliberately avoid the genital area, negating any possibility of a 'chance' sighting, nor will you be able to tell the sex of your baby from any of the images recorded.


Can I have a Babyview scan if I am expecting twins?

If you are expecting twins you MUST book your scan as a 'Pack One' appointment, in order to allow for the extra time your scan will take.
Please note that fetal measurements are not taken as part of twin Babyview scan, and consequently a twin 'Pack One' scan DOES NOT include a Pregnancy Progress Report.


How do I book a Babyview scan?

Simply call the Babyview office on 01226 785 421 to make an appointment for a scan or book online. Alternatively, call in to our offices at BBIC, Innovation Way, Barnsley.


On what days can I book a Babyview scan?

Babyview has a wide choice of appointment days and times. Call our office on Tel 01226 785 421 to discuss your individual preferences or book on-line from a selection of available on-line appointments.
Additional diary slots are available, with alternative days and appointment times which do not appear on the website, please ask for further information.


Are weekend appointments available?

Yes, weekend appointments are available.
There are no additional charges for weekend appointments. Please check the website appointment bookings or call our office for more information on weekend appointment availability.