We get asked all sorts of questions here at First Encounters. When is the best time
to have a scan? Are 4D ultrasound scans safe
? Should I find out
the sex of my baby? These are all common queries; however, the most common question of all has nothing to do with how our scans work. Rather, it's related to the cost
of our 4D ultrasound packages.
Many people think that 3D/4D scans will be too expensive for them, but most are pleasantly surprised when they see our price list. Obviously, the exact cost depends on which package you select, but whether you want a no-frills 4D scan or the full baby bonding experience, we think you'll find our prices very reasonable indeed.
So how much does a First Encounters 4D ultrasound scan actually cost?
Anything from £99 to £169. Here's a quick list of the 4D packages we offer, with prices shown in brackets:
- Classic4D&Growth™ (£99) - Includes full growthAssure™ report, plus 4 glossy colour photographs and a photo key ring. Gender confirmation optional.
- Deluxe4D&Growth™ (£109) - Includes full growthAssure™ report, plus 5-minute video recording, 4 glossy colour photographs, and photo key ring. Gender confirmation optional.
- Ultimate4D&Growth™ (£169) - Our top 4D ultrasound package offers everything an expectant parent could ask for, including 12 glossy colour photographs, a 10-minute MP4 scan video, all scan photos on a USB stick, a heartbeat teddy, 2 key rings, a photo magnet, and gender confirmation if requested.
4D footage is amazing if you want to bond with your baby. We were able to capture this adorable little baby smiling!
As you can see, we offer a huge range of 4D ultrasound scans that are sure to suit whatever requirements and budget you have! Take a look at the full range of 2D and 4D scans we offer here by clicking the button below or give us a call on 02920 732671 to book your 4D scan today!
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Given that pregnant women in the UK receive two (and, in some cases, more than two) free ultrasound scans on the NHS, some people may be a little unsure as to what private scan providers like First Encounters bring to the table. How do private baby scans differ from their government-funded counterparts? Is a hospital scan still necessary if you're planning to undergo a private scan anyway?
Well, first of all, we'd like to make one thing perfectly clear: our scans are not intended to replace the dating and anomaly scans offered by the NHS. Under no circumstances do we recommend getting a private scan instead of a standard hospital scan; instead, services like ours are intended to complement the crucial NHS scans, allowing you to monitor the vital signs across a longer period and enhancing the pregnancy experience for you and those closest to you.
Monitoring your pregnancy
Here are some examples of the data that our sonographers will record when you come in for your private scan:
- Growth measurements
- Weight measurements
- Baby position
- Placenta position
- Fluid levels (low fluid levels can be dangerous and may lead to early delivery)
Your NHS scans will provide you with a lot of information and spot any problems that present themselves at the time, but augmenting your basic scans with an additional private scan allows you to monitor your baby's growth across a broader period. This means that we can not only give you continued peace of mind but also catch any problems that develop after your hospital scans.
Enhancing your experience
While pregnancy can be a very stressful experience, it is also a time of great joy and excitement, both for the expectant parent(s) and for their nearest and dearest. This is the side of pregnancy that First Encounters aims to enhance - here are some of the ways in which we do it:
- Comfortable, modern clinics with state-of-the-art equipment
- Space for up to 6 guests to observe your scan in our comfortable viewing area
- 4D scan packages that let you glimpse your baby's world in incredible detail
- A range of gender scan options (note that some NHS hospitals do not offer gender confirmation)
- A wide variety of souvenirs to choose from, including our adorable HeartbeatTteddy & Confetti Shooters
These are the things that set our scans apart from standard hospital scans (and, indeed, from those available in other private clinics). While the NHS dating and anomaly scans are still a crucial part of ensuring that your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible, undergoing a private baby scan is a different - and hopefully far more enjoyable - experience altogether.
As it's nearly Christmas, we thought we'd embrace the spirit of generosity here at First Encounters Ultrasound and offer all the expectant parents out there a couple of new scan packages at super-low prices!
Details about our special scan offers can be found below. Be sure to book your scan sooner rather than later - we have a limited number of appointment slots, and these offers will only be available for so long!
Our genderWellbeing™ package includes both a gender scan and a wellbeing scan. This means that you can find out the sex of your unborn baby AND ensure that your pregnancy is progressing as expected.
This scan package also includes:
- 4 x black and white photographs of your baby (2D)
- 1 x gender reveal scratch card to give to friends/family
- A short glimpse of your unborn baby in 4D
- Photo2Fone™ (your scan images sent to your smartphone)
The Custom4D™ package is a truly great deal because it allows you to see your baby in stunning HDlive vision
for just £50! You can also customise this package in any way you choose by paying to add extra souvenirs and add-ons to your experience. Whether you're looking for an affordable, no-frills baby bonding experience or a deluxe package that's specifically tailored to your preferences, this is the option for you!
Here are some examples of the souvenirs and other extras that you can add to your Custom4D™ experience:
- Find out your baby's gender (+£10)
- MP4 scan video and .jpg photos on USB stick (+£10)
- Heartbeat bear (+£20)
- Photo key ring (+£2.50 each)
- Photo magnet (+£3.50 each)
- Colour photographs (+£2.50 each)
Any questions about these baby scan offers? Give us a call on 02920 732671 or click here to browse our full list of available scan packages!
We offer a wide selection of scan packages
here at First Encounters, and we realise that first-time visitors to our website may be a little uncertain as to which baby scan is right for them. We want to make sure that you have the best possible experience when you visit your nearest First Encounters clinic
, and so we'd like to take a moment to explain the difference between each of our scan options.
Broadly speaking, our 11 available scan packages can be grouped into 3 different categories. These are as follows:
🤰 Reassurance Scans
These scans inspect your baby's growth and development, giving you extra peace of mind during your pregnancy.
- Ensure that your pregnancy is viable
- Check the health of your unborn baby
- Spot any concerns or complications
Our Reassurance Scan Packages:
2D viability, dating and reassurance scan. Includes 2 x black and white photographs.
2D growth, reassurance and wellbeing scan. Includes 2 x black and white photographs.
♀ Gender Scans
Find out whether you're having a boy or a girl!
- Learn your baby's gender
- 99.99% accurate
- Available from 16 weeks
Our Gender Scan Packages:
2D baby sexing scan. Includes 4 x black and white photographs.
2D sexing, growth, reassurance and wellbeing scan. Includes 4 x black and white photographs and a 4dGlimpse™ (a short glimpse of your baby in full 4D vision).
2D sexing, growth, reassurance and wellbeing scan. Includes 4 x black and white photographs, MP4 video recording of scan and all imagery supplied on disc, a Heartbeat Bear, a gender reveal scratch card and a 4dGlimpse (a short glimpse of your baby in full 4D vision)
🚼 2D Bonding & Reassurance Scans
A wonderful bonding experience and a great way to check on your baby's development.
- Ensure that there are no problems with your pregnancy
- Option to find out the gender
- Available from 16 weeks
Our 2D Bonding & Reassurance Scan Packages:
2D growth, reassurance and wellbeing scan with gender confirmation (optional). Also includes a video recording for you to take home.
👶 4D Bonding & Reassurance Scans
A detailed look into your baby's world - see your unborn child in detailed 4D vision!
- State-of-the-art HDlive technology provides the ultimate bonding experience
- Take home a range of wonderful souvenirs
- Guaranteed re-scan if we can't get a good view of your baby
Our 4D Scan Packages:
4D bonding, reassurance, growth and wellbeing scan. Includes 4 x colour photographs. Gender confirmation optional.
4D bonding, reassurance, growth and wellbeing scan. Includes 4 x colour photographs, a photo key ring, and a 5 minute video recording to take home. Gender confirmation optional.
4D bonding, reassurance, growth and wellbeing scan. Includes 8 x colour photographs, 2 x photo key rings, and a 10 minute video recording to take home. Gender confirmation optional.
4D bonding, reassurance, growth and wellbeing scan. Includes 12 x colour photographs, 2 x photo key rings, a Heartbeat Bear
, and a 10 minute video recording to take home. Gender confirmation optional.
Expectant parents are often very keen to discover the gender of their unborn baby, and understandably so - knowing the gender is one of those things that really helps you to feel closer to your little bundle of joy. The people who come to our clinics for gender scans
frequently tell us that the baby seems a lot more 'real' to them once our sonographer has revealed whether it's a boy or a girl, and besides, finding out the sex is a nice little milestone to get excited for when the birth itself still seems a long way off.
With all of that in mind, it's easy to see why mums-to-be and dads-in-waiting might want to attend a gender scan as soon as possible. But attend a gender scan too early in your pregnancy, and it may be impossible to accurately identify the gender - a foetus doesn't develop sexual characteristics until a few weeks in, and nothing conclusive will actually be visible on an ultrasound scan until a little while after that.
What's the earliest I can have a gender scan?
Here at First Encounters Ultrasound we don't offer any gender confirmation scans before 16 weeks gestation. Other scan providers may offer slightly earlier scans, but we would strongly recommend that you do not attend a baby gender scan until at least the 16-week mark. Any earlier, and your baby probably won't have developed sufficiently for accurate gender identification.
Is it worth waiting a little longer?
While we're happy to provide gender scans from 16 weeks onwards, it's worth bearing in mind that not all babies develop at the same speed. Very occasionally, someone will come in for gender confirmation at 16 weeks and the sonographer still won't be able to find positive visual confirmation of the baby's sex. In these cases, we'll usually offer a complimentary re-scan at a later date (we'll never guess the gender if we're not confident in our prediction!) but to avoid disappointment, you may wish to wait an extra few days just to make sure that your baby has developed to the point where we're able to identify the gender.