Before your scan
When you contact us to book your appointment we will confirm some details, like how far along your pregnancy you are.
We recommend that you eat 1-2 hrs before the scan. We also have complementary soft drinks and sweet snacks in reception. The small sugar boost encourages your baby to be more active for the scan.
Ensure you remain well hydrated throughout your pregnancy, but especially for 5 days before your scan for the very best results. For scans at under 20 weeks a full bladder is helpful.
Please ensure you have your antenatal record book to hand, if you have been given it, as you will need to bring this to your scan.
Aim to arrive a few minutes prior to your scheduled appointment so that we can get your paperwork out of the way, and maximise the time you can spend with your baby. If you are late, we will do our best to fit you in, but cannot guarantee that you will get the full scan time.
On the day
When you are first welcomed into the Hey Baby clinic, we will first ask for your antenatal records and ask you to complete a short consent form explaining that the scan is purely for bonding and not medical purposes. We will offer you a complementary drink and sweet snack while you wait.
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR ANTENATAL RECORDS WITH YOU (IF YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN THEM)
- Getting comfortable
When you are shown into the scanning room, our experienced, NHS qualified sonographer will put you at ease, explain the scanning process to you, and make you and any guests, feel comfortable before commencing the scan. There is plenty of space for guests in the clinic (up to 4), so feel free to invite friends and family to share the experience.
- Wellbeing scan
All of our packages start with a basic wellbeing scan, where we will check your baby’s development (the ‘weights & dates’), position and heartbeat. This scan does not replace your 12 week dating scan, or your 20 week anomaly scan, so it is important that you keep all of your appointments with your midwife. However, it is only sensible to make these checks while we have the opportunity.
- Gender confirmation and 2D photos
Once these checks have been made, we will check the gender, if you wish, and the 2D photos will be taken. If you don’t want to know, then we will do our best to make sure it remains a surprise.
- Making sure the baby is ready
If your baby is feeling camera shy, we will not simply ‘make do’. We may send you for a little walk around the clinic, or even around the City Centre, or offer another complementary drink or snack, before we try again. If this still doesn’t work, you have the option to make another appointment, at no further cost, and we will try again on another day
- The Hey Baby 4D Experience
Once your baby is in the perfect pose, we commence with the Hey Baby 4D experience, where we will switch the monitor to stunning 4D, and you, like many parents before you, will not be able to help yourself from shouting, “Hey Baby!” as you meet your child for the first time. If you have chosen a package that includes 3D photos and 4D video, then we will start recording straight away, and capture as much as possible. Depending on the package you have chosen, you may then have up to 20 minutes to study your baby’s face, and get to know their quirks and individual mannerisms.
- Choosing your images
Finally, you will be able to select the images you would like to be printed. Depending on your package, the sonographer may do this with you, and print thermal images directly from the scanner, or you may go through the images with the receptionist. This is also your opportunity purchase any extras that are not included in your package, like extra prints, a download of all the images or video, or even a newborn photo shoot. The receptionist will talk you through your options.
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