4D Baby Bonding Scan
Some parts of the baby’s anatomy can be seen much more clearly with a 4D Baby Bonding Scan than with 2D ultrasound, especially the face, arms, legs, fingers and toes. For example cleft palate has been shown to be more clearly seen with 3D ultrasound.
In addition, activities of the baby inside the womb can be seen which are difficult or impossible to identify on 2D scanning. For example with 4D scanning the fetus can now be seen to yawn, cry, swallow, blink and perform intricate finger movements. These activities can be seen even in mid pregnancy although they become more common as pregnancy advances.
Launched in Cardiff 2005
“Since we were the first to introduce this service in 2005 to Wales, pregnant women and their families can now watch their unborn child at play. Previously they would have had to go to London or Birmingham. I spend most of my working week watching ultrasound scans of unborn babies but the images from this new technology is breathtaking” said Dr Bryan Beattie, Consultant in Fetal Medicine and co-founder of the Innermost Healthcare 4D ultrasound service.
Advantages of prenatal bonding
Bonding between parents and baby has been shown to be stronger when the 3D image is seen compared to the 2D image because the picture of the baby is more realistic. Improved bonding has been shown to improve the mother’s care of herself and therefore her baby.
There are many factors that impact the length of an ultrasound exam, including the position of the baby in the womb. However, a typical exam for an expectant mother lasts approximately 30 minutes.
What will I get?
We will do a growth scan to assess the baby’s wellbeing and you will get a 15-20 minute DVD recording of the scan and 4-6 colour photos as a momento of your 4D Baby Bonding Scan.
Will the DVD play on my home DVD recorder?
Most modern DVD recorders and computers will play the DVDs but you should check that your DVD player is able to play DVD+RW discs.
Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?
Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face.
Do I need to have the usual scans in my own hospital?
YES, it is very important that you go through the hospital routine so that no antenatal test is missed out. By having a 4D scan however, you will have a professional, detailed scan of the baby’s growth and anatomy and this information will be sent to your general practitioner.
When is the best time to have a 4D scan? 24-30 weeks
Good pictures of your baby can be obtained throughout your pregnancy. In early pregnancy you will see the whole baby moving its arms and legs but details of the face are indistinct. Later in pregnancy you will see clear images of your baby’s features.
How do I share my 4D scans photos and videos online?
You can now share your 4D scans online using iBabyscan.
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