In this age of instant uploads and social media sharing, we realise that many of our customers wish to access and share their scan images quickly and efficiently via their mobile phones & laptops.
In order to give expectant parents both a physical keepsake and an easy-to-access digital copy of their scan images, we have decided to introduce a brand new photocloud™ service for First Encounters customers. This service allows you to access the scan images that come with your chosen package on your personal devices, enabling you to instantly view, download, and share your precious imagery. You can print and distribute your images from our photocloud™ however you like!
You will be able to access your scan images via photocloud™ for up to one month
after the date of your scan, and we try to upload your images to the photocloud™ within one hour of your scan finishing. This service is available with selected scan packages at both our Cardiff
Click here to browse our full range of scan packages, or if you've already had your scan with us - head over to the photocloud™ page and use your unique password to access your photos!
From key rings to magnets to our ever-popular Heartbeat Bear, we offer a great variety of baby scan souvenirs here at First Encounters - if you want to take home a memento of your ultrasound experience, there are plenty of options to choose from.
That said, the best souvenir of all is often the footage that we capture during the scan itself. Previously, the only way for our customers to take home their scan footage was on a DVD, but we now provide footage on a disc in the more versatile MP4 format. Furthermore, for an extra £10 you can upgrade to an even more convenient option: your ultrasound scan video on a USB stick!
Whether you visit us for a 2D scan or a 3D/4D scan, we can save your scan footage onto a handy little First Encounters USB stick for you to take home and use as you please. You will also receive the MP4 file on a disc as standard.
Unlike a DVD recording, the MP4 format allows you to accomplish the following with ease:
- Save your scan video to your own computer
- Create a backup version of your scan video
- Share the footage with friends and family online
- Burn multiple copies to disc as gifts for your loved ones
In addition to the video file, your First Encounters USB stick can also be loaded with all of the photographic images captured during your ultrasound scan (we usually capture at least 20-25 photos per scan). This means you'll have easy access to an extensive collection of pictures to post on Facebook and send to your relatives, no matter where in the world they are.
Ready to book your baby scan and create the memories you'll cherish for a lifetime? Click here to see our scan options, or visit our Clinic Locations page to find your nearest First Encounters Ultrasound clinic.
In case you missed our last few blog posts, we’re currently running a special spring offer
which allows First Encounters Ultrasound customers to get a selection of FREE
scan souvenirs along with their chosen scan package!
This offer is available to anyone who books our Deluxe4D™
™ packages before the 10th of April (that’s this Sunday!) If you take advantage of this offer, you’ll get a selection of great scan gifts which would normally be worth £23.50 when purchased separately. This package includes both digital and physical copies of your chosen scan images, but for a closer look at what we’re offering, please click here
This offer is valid to anyone who books a scan before Sunday, and it is available to customers in both our Cardiff
ultrasound clinics. This is a fantastic opportunity to save money on adding extra items to your scan package, so if you’re thinking about booking a scan with us, now is definitely the time to do it. Remember, this is your last chance to book this offer and take advantage of this one-of-a-kind deal, so take the plunge and book your scan
before it’s too late!
Remember, your scan can take place at any time of your choosing, as it’s only the booking itself that has to be made before the 10th of April.
If you have any further questions about this deal or any of our packages, please feel free to get in touch!
Attending a 4D ultrasound scan
and seeing your baby's face for the first time is a breathtaking experience, and it's one that you'll no doubt be eager to share with your nearest and dearest. Our customers are already able to keep the footage from their scans in the form of DVD recordings, but from April onwards, you'll have the option to take home your scan video on a USB stick
How it works
When you book one of our DVD-inclusive scan packages (listed at the end of this post), you'll be given the option to upgrade to a USB stick for an additional £10 fee. This option will be available from the 1st of April 2016 onwards.
At the end of your scan, instead of receiving a souvenir DVD, you will be given a branded First Encounters USB stick (as pictured above) containing your scan footage in the form of an MP4 video file.
Please note that, if you choose to upgrade to a USB stick, you will NOT get a DVD as well. You will receive your USB stick instead of a DVD recording, not in addition to it.
Why choose a USB stick over a DVD recording?
We have decided to start offering our customers USB sticks as an alternative to DVDs for a number of reasons. Firstly, we are noticing that fewer and fewer people actually own DVD players, and we feel that the USB option will allow a larger number of people to rewatch their scan footage at home.
Other benefits include:
- Easier sharing. Once you have taken your USB stick home, you will be able to share the video file with friends and relatives all over the world, either via email or on social media websites (e.g. Facebook).
- TV compatibility. No DVD player? No problem! Most televisions now come with USB ports - simply plug the First Encounters USB stick into your telly and gather everyone in the living room for a very special screening!
- Durability. DVDs get damaged quite easily - our USB sticks (and the video files they contain) are far less likely to be rendered unwatchable by an accidental scratch or scuff!
USB sticks will be available with the following ultrasound scan packages from the 1st of April:
Here at First Encounters, we use state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment to capture 3D footage of unborn babies inside the womb. This provides expectant parents with a truly breathtaking baby bonding experience, giving them a sneak preview of what their child will look like and helping them to feel closer to the little life that will soon be joining their family.
We have always offered a variety of souvenirs to complement our 3D/4D ultrasound service (including key fobs, fridge magnets, DVD recordings, and our ever popular Heartbeat Bear
), but the latest addition to our range of baby scan gifts takes things to a whole new level.
Those who undergo a 3D/4D scan at the First Encounters Ultrasound clinic will now have the option to purchase a 3D sculpture of their baby-to-be. These models are created based on the ultrasound data captured during the scan, so they are every bit as detailed as the scan footage itself.
We think that a 3D baby sculpture is the ultimate souvenir for expectant parents. Not only will it serve as a great memento of your visit to the First Encounters clinic (and of your pregnancy as a whole), it's also a great gift for grandparents-in-waiting and other excited relatives. Better still, once your child has emerged from the womb and grown up a little, you'll be able to show them what they looked like before they'd even been born!
Our 3D models are produced by Wolfprint
, who manufacture high-quality 3D models for clients all over Europe. If you request a 3D baby sculpture on the day of your scan, we'll send the necessary ultrasound data to Wolfprint, who will then turn it into a spectacular model of your unborn baby. You should receive your 3D sculpture within 5-7 working days
of your ultrasound scan, complete with the frame of your choice.We offer three different options on that front:
3D Sculpture in Single Wooden Frame
£149 (excl. shipping)
3D Sculpture with Glass Tablestand
£149 (excl. shipping)
3D Sculpture in Double Wooden Frame
£159 (excl. shipping)
Contact us now
to book your scan and learn more about this utterly unique ultrasound souvenir.