Meet Your Baby

In the past, expectant parents weren't able to meet their baby until he or she was born. But thanks to the miracles of modern ultrasound technology, mums- and dads-to-be no longer have to wait that long!

Of course, ultrasound scans have been with us for over half a century, but the images captured during 'traditional' ultrasound scans - while useful for diagnostic purposes - don't give a particularly good impression of what the baby actually looks like. However, more recent breakthroughs have allowed us to get a good, clear look at an unborn baby's face, and thanks to the latest HDlive technology from GE Healthcare, we at First Encounters are able to offer an truly unparalleled level of detail to parents who are keen to sneak a peek at their 'bun in the oven'.

This image was captured using a GE Voluson E6 with HDlive technology. As of July 2016, all of our 3D/4D scans are conducted using a Voluson E6.

Click here to compare our packages and book your baby scan online, or read on to find out what you can expect when you meet your baby at our clinic!

What to expect from your First Encounters scan

We have two ultrasound clinics: one in Cardiff, and another in Bristol. Both have ample parking available for customer use, so don't worry about finding a space!

Once you've arrived, we'll welcome you into our spacious, modern clinic and show you to one of our comfortable scanning rooms (all of which have room for up to six guests - everyone is welcome, including young children!).

One of our scanning rooms.

Our sonographer will make sure you're comfortable and feeling at ease before commencing the scan. The scan itself will take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the package you've selected. With any luck, we'll be able to get a great look at your baby on the first attempt, but if they're feeling camera shy we may ask you take a gentle stroll in order to get them moving.

During the scan, you'll see your baby in crisp HDlive vision - you should be able to tell which parent they most resemble, and you may even be lucky enough to see them smiling or waving back at you from the plasma screen!#

After your scan, you can collect all of the gifts and souvenirs included in your chosen scan package, as well as any others that you've decided to add on (click here to view what we have to offer).

Ready to meet your baby? Book your scan online now, or contact us if you have any further questions!
HD Live Scans

We now offer HDlive baby scans at both of our ultrasound clinics, so whether you visit us in Cardiff or in Bristol, you can be sure that your 3D/4D scan will yield exceptionally high-quality imagery!


To give you an idea of just how magical the HDlive experience can be, we thought we'd share a few of the comments that we've received from expectant parents who have tried it for themselves. All of the quotes below are from real people who really attended a 3D/4D scan at a First Encounters clinic and reviewed the experience online, either on our Facebook page or here on our website.
  • Joannah, a lady who recently visited our Cardiff clinic, describes her 4D scan as "an amazing, magical experience", complimenting the welcome she received from our staff before adding that "to see our little baby girl's face was an experience beyond words".

  • "Seeing my granddaughter was an emotional and wonderful experience," says Svonne, a grandmother-to-be who recently attended a scan at our Bristol clinic. Her review goes on to praise the crispness and clarity afforded by our HDlive scanning technology: "The detailing was just so wonderful - I've come away knowing more about what she looks like, and even more excited to meet her!"

  • As Emily - another of our Bristol customers - recently found out, some unborn babies demand a little patience before striking the perfect pose for our sonographer. However, we're all about perseverance here at First Encounters, and we always do our best to get a good shot...even when the star of the show is feeling camera-shy! "Our baby was being cheeky and hiding its face," says Emily in her review, "but the staff were very patient and got some great pictures."

  • A woman named Gail left the following review on our Facebook page after accompanying a pregnant friend of hers to an appointment at our Cardiff branch: "I went with my friend to her scan and it was amazing - we could see everything very clearly. Would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of having a 4D scan, plus the Heartbeat Bears are amazing!
Huge thanks to all the customers who take the time to review their First Encounters experience online - you can view loads more customer comments on our Reviews page. Alternatively, if these testimonials have you itching to see your own child in crisp HDlive footage, please click here to browse our available scan packages.
HD Live Scans

Manufactured by GE Healthcare, HD Live is the most advanced 4D ultrasound technology currently on the market. With its improved frame rate and enhanced colour palette, this equipment allows sonographers to capture clearer, crisper images than ever before, which is great news for expectant parents who want a more detailed glimpse of their unborn baby.

The images below should give you a good impression of the difference between HD Live technology and standard 3D/4D ultrasound equipment.

Left image captured by GE Voluson i. Right image captured by GE Voluson E6 with HD Live technology.

We at First Encounters were extremely impressed when we first witnessed what HD Live technology was capable of, and so we are very pleased to announce that HD Live scans are now available at both of our ultrasound clinics in England and Wales. Our Cardiff clinic has been equipped with HD Live technology for several months now, and this week we installed this superior hardware in our Bristol clinic as well. This means that ALL of our 4D scans now use HD Live technology as standard, regardless of which location you visit!

Click here to compare our 4D scan packages and book your high-definition ultrasound experience online.

Accept no substitutes!

Here at First Encounters Ultrasound, we're proud to offer families a superior scan experience using genuine HD Live technology from GE Healthcare. The machine we use for HD Live scans is the GE Voluson E6.

We've seen a lot of other scan providers claiming to provide HD Live scans, but more often than not, these claims prove misleading upon closer inspection. Some providers who purport to use HD Live equipment actually carry out scans using a GE Voluson i, the machine we used to use before our clinics upgraded to the Voluson E6!

Before you book an HD Live scan, be sure to ask the provider what equipment they use to perform the scan. If it's not the genuine article, we strongly recommend that you look elsewhere - otherwise, you may end up feeling very disappointed with the quality of your scan footage!

For more information about HD Live scans, please feel free to contact the First Encounters team.
It's a big week for us here at First Encounters Ultrasound - our brand new Voluson E6 system arrived yesterday, which means that we're now able to offer HD Live ultrasound scans at our clinic in Cardiff.

HD Live Ultrasound Equipment

What is HD Live?

HD Live is the very latest in 4D ultrasound technology. It allows us to show you your unborn child in greater detail than ever before; HD Live images are far more clearly-rendered than those captured by other 3D/4D systems, giving you an even better idea of what your baby will look like when he or she finally arrives.

Furthermore, our new HD Live equipment offers an enhanced colour palette, enabling us to achieve an even greater level of realism in the images we capture:

Left: An image captured using HD Live ultrasound equipment.
Right: An image captured using standard 3D/4D ultrasound equipment.

Benefits of HD Live:

  • Clearer, crisper images of your unborn baby
  • Improved colouration of images/footage captured
  • Feel even closer to the life growing inside you

How do I book an HD Live ultrasound scan?

If you would like to book an HD Live scan at our Cardiff clinic, please give us a call on 02920 732671 or get in touch using our online contact form. A member of our team will discuss the available options with you and recommend an HD Live scan package based on how far along your pregnancy is and what you wish to receive.

At present, HD Live scans are only available from the First Encounters Ultrasound clinic in Cardiff. However, we plan to roll out this technology in our Bristol clinic in the near future, so please stay tuned for further announcements on that front.