When you’re pregnant, one of the most exciting things you’ll want to do is see your baby. Many expecting parents choose to have a private baby scan in addition to the scans offered by the National Health Service (NHS). But what’s the difference between private baby scans and NHS scans?
NHS scans are offered to all pregnant women in the UK and are provided free of charge. These scans include the dating scan, which is performed between 8 and 14 weeks of pregnancy and is used to confirm the due date, and the anomaly scan, which is performed between 18 and 21 weeks of pregnancy and is used to check for any potential issues with the baby’s development.
Private baby scans, on the other hand, are not covered by the NHS and are typically performed at private clinics. These scans can be performed at any stage of the pregnancy, and they can offer a more detailed and advanced look at your baby. Private baby scans can include 3D, 4D, and 5D ultrasound scans, which can provide a more realistic view of the baby, as well as other scans such as the nuchal translucency scan which is used to screen for chromosomal abnormalities.
Another difference between private baby scans and NHS scans is the level of personalization. NHS scans are typically performed by a trained ultrasound technician and the results are reviewed by a doctor. Private baby scans are often performed by a sonographer who is a specialist in ultrasound and the results are reviewed by a consultant obstetrician. You will also have the opportunity to have a longer scan and you can choose who will be present during the scan.
It’s important to note that private baby scans are not a replacement for NHS scans and they are not always necessary. They are intended to be an additional service, and they may not be covered by insurance.
Overall, while NHS scans are an important and necessary part of prenatal care, private baby scans can offer a more detailed and personalized look at your baby. It’s always best to discuss your options with your healthcare provider and make an informed decision that’s best for you and your baby.