Well-Being + 4D Scans
See your baby's face, arms, legs and body - in 2D, 3D and 4D
My 4D Scan Story
By Bridget Scott
"4d scans weirded me out a little..."
I was 20-weeks pregnant with my first baby.
One day, a friend from my antenatal class shared her 4d pictures on Instagram.
After scrolling through them, I turned to my husband Josh and said -
"It looks like a lasagne!"
I just couldn't see the appeal.
Then, one day, another Facebook friend shared a side-by-side picture. It was a 4d scan next to a picture of her newborn baby.
The features were strikingly similar and the scan picture looked so life-like.
"Was I wrong about 4d scans after all?" I wondered.
Anyway, I pushed the thought to the back of my mind.
But over the next couple of weeks, the picture kept flashing up in my head.
"Will I regret it if I don't give it a try?"
So I went home, showed Josh the side-by-side pictures, and we discussed the possibility of a 4d scan.
"I don't know. What do you think?" I asked.
"Oh, I don't mind - it's totally up to you," Josh replied.
"I'm tempted," I said, followed by a long pause.
Then Josh looked at me and said, "Yeah, I'm really intrigued, let's do it!"
So we did, and...
It was amazing to see her beautiful little features and the clarity was astonishing.
But do you know what?
The thing that really made the experience, which I wasn't expecting at all, was the well-being part of the scan.
We hadn't seen our daughter for a while, so it was reassuring to know that she seemed to be happy, healthy and growing.
And as well as seeing her facial features in 4d, Maria also showed us her arms, legs and body in 2d.
It was like we were meeting our baby properly for the first time. We both felt so much closer to her after the scan and simply couldn't wait to meet her in real life.
We will definitely be back to see Maria if we are fortunate enough to have future pregnancies!
What's unique about a Sneak-A-Peek 4d scan?
Your appointment is for 45-minutes - twice as long as most other scans. This gives you plenty of time to meet your baby, explore their features, and learn about their development.
As Bridget's story illustrates, this can make such a difference to your experience that the 3d/4d imaging becomes almost irrelevant, because the well-being assessment does so much to help you feel closer to your baby.
That's what makes our 4d scans truly unique.
What if the imaging is unclear?
The time you get also means there's a much better chance - in comparison to other 4d scans - of seeing your baby's facial features clearly.
If your placenta, cord, or any other anatomy is in front of your baby's face, there's time to wait for them to move into a better position - which isn't the case with most 4d scans.
And as a back-up, if you don't manage to see your baby's face in 3d/4d, you will be invited back for a free repeat scan so we can try to catch them in a better position.
What parent's say
I was initially was put off a little by the price
I've had scans in the past in [LOCATION REMOVED] for £40 cheaper. But trying to find someone to have our other 5 children for more than a hour wouldn't have been easy - especially being the summer holidays. So I decided to have a scan with Maria as it's closer to home.
What I found was that Maria took her time, explained everything, and answered all my questions, which was very reassuring. At other places you are more rushed. With Maria we explored my baby's body and found that he looks perfect and content.
She's also a lovely lady and made us feel very welcome comfortable. I can't fault our experience. It was 100% worth the price!
- Vicky Roddis
This was the most wonderful scan so far - we felt calm, relaxed and enjoyed every single minute.
The scan was so much more than we imagined. We booked the 3D/4D scan to see more details of our baby but we didn't expect to come away feeling as reassured as we did. We liked the calm atmosphere and the time taken over the scan. Nothing was rushed and baby had the time to move into different positions for us, not us moving baby.
The wellbeing check on baby was exactly what we needed. Having a baby in a pandemic has been difficult for my partner and he really felt involved and able to ask questions. We came away just knowing she was growing how she should be and that we could relax more for the last part of the pregnancy.
We would just like to say a huge thank you for the experience you gave us. It was so intimate and special. We felt totally relaxed in the scan and we couldn't have asked for anything more.
- Hatty Atkins
So worth the money!
The experience was amazing and so worth the money. The scan was so detailed and I felt like we got so much time to get a really good look at the baby. Maria was so thorough and took the time to really explain everything to us in such a reassuring way. I've had private scans before but this was by far the best experience we've had.
It was probably the most reassured I'd felt, and I've never had everything explained to me so clearly or in so much detail.
We were delighted to be able to both attend as we were unsure if my husband would be able to come to the NHS scans. We are so glad we had this experience.
The atmosphere is lovely, the scans are extremely clear and detailed and I've never had anywhere near that amount of time seeing baby. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would absolutely go back to Maria.
It was like being scanned by a friend. She was incredibly professional but we instantly felt at ease and I felt able to ask any questions without feeling silly.
I really hope to go to Maria again in the future and would highly recommend her to anyone considering a scan. We could not have asked for a better experience or a more knowledgeable, professional sonographer.
- Laura George
Seeing my baby in 3D was one of the best experiences of my life.
I loved seeing his beautiful face for the first time, knowing that he is growing well, and having many pictures and videos to show my partner - who hasn’t been allowed to any scans due to the virus. I feel like he is now more of a part of my pregnancy because of the numerous pictures we got. It was so personal, relaxing and amazing. Thank you x
- Ella Adams
Being first-time parents we were so unsure what to expect.
We booked our first scan as early as 6 weeks for reassurance because I was told because of my intense chemo and radio therapy treatment, I wouldn’t be able to have children, so we couldn’t wait until the normal 12 weeks NHS scan to see if the test was true!
Being first time parents we were so unsure what to expect. But the moment we walked in the door we felt right at ease. We couldn’t of felt anymore comfortable with Maria. It was such a big sigh of relief when we got to see our little 6 week old miracle baby, only the size of a tiny seed but it felt much bigger in our hearts.
From there we continued to go back to Maria for well being scans and she was so detailed and explained to us every single part of the baby’s body which was amazing.
We have recently had a 4D scan at 30 weeks pregnant and it was the most magical experience we could ever of asked for. The quality of the scan was so amazing, it felt like our baby was there with us.
We have never felt rushed in our 3 experiences we’ve had and we got so many lovely videos and pictures that we will cherish for ever.
We couldn’t of felt any more welcome by Maria and we would highly recommend this experience to anyone and everyone"
- Zara Hemmings
What you get for your money
Well-Being + 4D Scan: 45-minute appointment so you have time to savour the experience
7-Step Fetal Well-Being Assessment: comprehensive health check of you and your baby
Digital Scan Pictures & Videos: all scan images sent by email to download
5 x Premium Scan Prints: 5 colour scan pictures - suitable for frames and scrapbooks (A6 size)
2 x Premium Scan Prints: 2 extra colour scan pictures - suitable for frames and scrapbooks (A6 size)
USB Stick: all digital scan pictures pre-loaded on a USB stick
3 monthly payments of £52*
3 monthly payments of £54*
* you can also pay in full
Premium bonus: USB stick
With a regular 4d scan, you will get an email with a link to download your scan pictures and videos. If you opt for the premium version, you'll also get a USB stick with your images/videos on. Simply pop into your computer for easy access and sharing, or give as a gift to a relative or friend.
"We have the whole scan on USB to share with friends and family as well as a fridge magnet to put a scan photo in. It was the best experience ever and we have been to other private scans before." - Kira Warner
How to book a 4d scan
If you'd like a well-being + 4d scan, the next step is to request an appointment. I recommend doing so right away to maximise the chance of securing a slot in your preferred time-frame. I only have the capacity to do 32 scans per week and most of those are booked in advance.
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