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Even if you've read all about 4D ultrasound and how it can be used to give you a closer look at your unborn child, it can be difficult to really grasp how amazing this technology is until you've seen it in action.

Fortunately, you don't have to wait until your scan to get a first-hand glimpse of the 4D footage we are capable of capturing. Just take a look at this video, recording during one of our 4D ultrasound sessions:

4D footage is shown on the right.

As you can see, our 4D ultrasound equipment allows you to look at your child in unprecedented detail. In fact, the images we capture are of such a high quality that you'll be able to tell which parent the baby most resembles while he or she is still in utero!

There are few moments more magical than seeing your baby smile for the first time, and here at First Encounters, we can allow you to experience this before your child has even been born. Click here to compare our 4D scan packages or, if you'd like to see more 4D ultrasound videos, visit our Images & Videos page.
Ultrasound clinic

An expectant mother in the UK usually receives at least two ultrasound scans over the course of her pregnancy. The first is a 'dating' scan that gives her an approximate idea of when her baby will be born; the second is used to check for anomalies in the unborn child.

Given that these hospital scans are offered at no charge, you may wonder why so many people also choose to pay for private scans with companies like us. What, exactly, do we offer that the free scans don't?

We're glad you asked! Here are 5 reasons to book a private ultrasound scan with First Encounters:

1) 3D/4D technology. Your hospital scans will be carried out using standard 2D ultrasound equipment, which is perfectly adequate for checking on the health of your baby but not ideal if you want to take a closer look at what he or she looks like! Our clinics are equipped with the latest 3D/4D ultrasound equipment, giving you the opportunity to glimpse into your baby's world and see ahead of time which parent the unborn child most resembles.

2) Gender confirmation. Depending on the hospital you visit, you may not have the option of finding out your baby's sex during your standard scans (some hospitals refuse to discuss the gender of unborn babies as a matter of policy). However, we at First Encounters are more than happy to help you find out whether baby is a girl or a boy, and  - as an added bonus - you'll be able to keep your friends and relatives guessing with the help of our cute Gender Reveal Cards.
Gender reveal card
3) Photos and DVDs. Many hospitals do not provide take-home pictures of the babies they scan, and those that do will often charge extra for this service. All First Encounters scan packages include at least 2 photographs as part of the price, and several also include DVD recordings of your scan footage.

4) Comfortable, spacious clinics. Let's face it: hospitals aren't always the nicest places to be, and if you're planning to bring guests along to your ultrasound scan, you may prefer to bring them to a spacious, relaxed environment that will allow them to feel comfortable while they wait to meet your baby. We have clinics in Bristol and Cardiff, and both are designed to give everyone present the best possible experience on the day of your scan.

5) Souvenirs! Finally, we offer a range of fantastic souvenirs that no hospital will ever provide. You can get your unborn baby's picture on a key ring or fridge magnet; you can get a printed report that serves as a permanent record of your scan and its findings; you can even get your baby's heartbeat recorded onto one of our adorable Heartbeat Bears!


Convinced? Click here to book your First Encounters Ultrasound scan, or call 02920 732671 to speak with our customer service team!