At Beehive Solutions, we provide Private (fee paying) diagnostic and reassurance Ante-Natal scans.

We do NOT offer 3D/4D scans. Our Obstetric Ultrasound Examinations are not meant as an alternative to routine NHS antenatal care, but as an addition to the minimum services available on the NHS and and as an alternative where the delays in obtaining an NHS scan are unacceptable.

The Ultrasound Scans are performed in our clinic locations across SW Essex, and we accept clients from across the region and beyond

Following your scan, we shall provide you with an Examination Report, together with a memory stick or CD containing selecting images and possibly video recordings of the scan. The images can be printed off or saved on a home pc. We do not offer thermal prints of the examination as these are invariably of low quality and will degrade over time. By providing digital images, you can print off as many copies as you like, save them for posterity in digital format and even send copies to your friends and family.

Recorded images are not meant to be diagnostic, unless specifically stated as such.

Preparation for your scan is dependent on how many weeks pregnanct you are. In early months, a full bladder can make it much easier to see th baby, but this is not necessary. Since you will need to exposed your abdomen, wearing two-peice garments (egskirt or trousers and top)

 

Available Scan Options

We offer 7 different scan options during your pregnancy; depending on the gestational age and the reason for your scan:

 

5 - 8wk Early Pregnancy Viability Scan

This scan is available to confirm that an on-going pregnancy, and to estimate the gestational age; by measuring either the Gestation Sac or the length of the fetus (Crown-Rump Length).

6 week fetus during private viability scan

In this text and elsewhere, you may see your unborn child referred to as a "baby" "fetus" or "foetus". All have the same meaning.

The term "Gestation" refers to the period between the conception and the birth of the baby (foetus), during which time it develops and grows inside the mother's womb.

The "Gestational Age" is the time measured from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period to present. It is measured in weeks and days. Note: This is the traditional means of counting the age of the pregnancy. It does not suggest you actually became pregnant on the first day of your last period.

In the very early stages of pregnancy, the baby is too small to be seen on an ultrasound scan, but the size of the gestational sac can be measured to estimate the age.

It may or may not be possible to see the fetal heart beating in the early scan.

The Crown-Rump-Length (CRL) is the length of your baby from the top of it's head to it's bottom.

In order to get the best possible visualisation of the baby, a trans-vaginal internal scan may be performed.

At this age, the fetus is very small and it is not possible to determine the sex of the baby or to check for most abnormalities.

This scan is recommended if there is bleeding, pain, history of miscarriage/ectopic pregnancy, IVF treatment or history of long term medical conditions.

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.

Price: £60 Inclusive of assessment report and images of memory stick or CD where possible.

 

8 - 13wk 1st Trimester Dating Scan

This scan is provided to confirm that you are pregnant,  to estimate the gestational age, and to confirm whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy.

13wk fetus during 1st trimester dating scan

In this text and elsewhere, you may see your unborn child referred to as a "baby" "fetus" or "foetus". All have the same meaning.


The term "Gestation" refers to the period between the conception and the birth of the baby (foetus), during which time it develops and grows inside the mother's womb.ave the same meaning.

The "Gestational Age" is the time measured from the first day of the woman's last menstrual period to present. It is measured in weeks and days. Note: This is the traditional means of counting the age of the pregnancy. It does not suggest you actually became pregnant on the first day of your last period.

The Crown-Rump-Length (CRL) is the length of your baby from the top of it's head to it's bottom.

In order to get the best possible visualisation of the baby, a trans-vaginal internal scan may be performed.

At this age, the fetus is very small and it is not possible to determine the sex of the baby and only very major abnormalities would be visualised.

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.

Price: £60 Inclusive of assessment report and images of memory stick or CD where possible.

 

 

13 - 34wk Reassurance Scan

This scan is available to confirm that an on-going pregnancy is progressing nicely

24 week reassurance scan

A Reassurance Scan can be performed at any stage of your pregnancy. You'll be able to see the baby moving and we'll measure it to see how it is growing.

The exact nature of the scan; what structures are examined and what measurements are taken; will depend on the gestational age of the pregnancy - since Ultrasound appearances change over time.

For instance, at 13 weeks the fetal heart is too small to examine its structure in detail and by 33 weeks it is getting too large to see in its entirety.  Between 20 - 26 weeks it can be seen very clearly and in high detail.

In a similar way, other aspects of the baby are best seen and measured between set gestations, before space becomes too limited and the calcifying bones start to absorb the ultrasound rather than allowing us to see through them.

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.

 

Price: £100 Inclusive of assessment report and images of memory stick or CD where possible.

 

16 - 36wk Gender Scan

The examination is primarily to identify the gender of the devloping baby.

Gender determination scan with Beehive Solutions

Before deciding to have an ultrasound scan to determine the sex of your baby, you should consider that ultrasound cannot offer 100% confirmation; and no guarantee can be made. Ultrasound can be unclear and, occasionally, even the best Sonographers can interpret the images wrongly.

The Sonographer will give you their best possible opinion of the sex of the baby, having examined its genital structures. If they are uncertain, an additional scan may be offered at no extra charge.

During the Ultrasound Scan, we'll also look at the growth and anatomy of the baby and produce a report on its on-going development

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.

 

Price: £100 Inclusive of assessment report and images of memory stick or CD where possible.

For multiple pregnancy's (twins/triplets), there is an additional £25 charge.

 

 

19 - 24wk Anomaly Scan

This scan is availble to assess the structure of the baby and try to excluded the presence of abnormality. During the examination, we shall also measure the baby to demonstrate its gronth, examine the location of the placenta and, if required, determine the sex of the baby (not guarenteed).

20 week fetal face during Anomaly Ultrasound Scan

This is an in-depth ultrasound scan to examine the baby's development with particular emphasis on examination of the anatomical structures, such as the: head, heart & chest, stomach, kidneys & bladder, arms legs hands & feet, and the spine.

Four specific measurements are taken; assessing the size of the Head, Abdomen and thigh bone. These measurements are used to demonstrate that the baby is growing normally, by comparison with average growth at the same gestational age.

Note: It is normal to have an Anomaly Scan (also called a 'Detailed Anatomy Scan) as part of your NHS antenatal care. NHS time restraints means there is often very little opportunity for the mother (and partner) to see the baby and have the images explained. We can repeat the scan for you if you have any particular concerns or simply want the reassurance of a second opinion.

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.

 

Price: £140 Inclusive of assessment report and images of memory stick or CD where possible.

For multiple pregnancy's (twins/triplets), there is an additional £25 charge.

 

 

24 - 34wk Growth Scan

During this ultrasound examination we will measure the baby and compare the dimensions against those expected for its gestational age. We'll use those measurements to estimate the current fetal weight. 

 

It can be reassuring to see for yourself that the baby is still growing correctly.

Abdominal Circumference as part of Fetal Growth Scan

During the Growth Scan, we will measure the baby's head, abdomen and thigh bone and compare the measurement with the average measurements for a fetus of similar age.

From these measurements, we will calculate an estimated fetal weight, which again can be compared with the average for the same gestational age.

We'll also have a good look around the baby, allowing you to see it moving, possibly sucking its' thumb, kicking, yawning, or what ever else it happens to be up to at the time.

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.

 

 

Price: £100 Inclusive of detailed assessment report and 2 b/w 2D images.

Please note: For multiple babies, there is an additional £30 charge.

 

 

35wk - Term Presentation Scan

This examination is available to demonstrate the position of the baby (whether breech, head down or transverse) and to determine the location of the placenta.

 

38 week scan to assess fetal lie

Your midwife will already know if your baby is breach, but it can be reassuring to see for yourself.

Note - At late gestation, the baby is too large to be clearly seen by ultrasound as only part of the baby can be seen at any one time.

The deeper portions of the baby will not be visible now, because the Ultrasound is absorbed by the calcified bones. 

The position of the placenta will have been identified previously, but if low lying (close to the birth canal) then a scan can be performed again to check the position of its lower reaches.

In most Pregnancy ultrasound examinations, the scan will show the developing baby and will reassure you that all is well. It is an unfortunate fact, however, that sometimes pregnancy complications arise resulting in a failiure of the pregnancy. This can be completely unexpected and without warning and requires us to be the bearers of the worst kind of bad news. In such circumstances, we will ensure you have time and support to process the information and to receive whatever medical care is required.

 

Price: £100 Inclusive of assessment report and images of memory stick or CD where possible.

For multiple pregnancy's (twins/triplets), there is an additional £25 charge.

 

To book your private Ante-Natal Ultrasound examination scan, contact us by telephone to speak with a qualified Sonographer, or email us with a contact number and we shall get back to you to discuss your requirements in more details.

 

 

Want to know more about your pregnancy?

Continue here for a week-by-week guide to the development of your baby

 

 

 

 

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