The joy of pregnancy comes with many other wonderful feelings and anxieties, “I’m not feeling any movement yet”. “How will my first born react to a second child and how can I help make that transition an easy one for them?” “My partner is feeling a little left out as he/she hasn’t been able to attend a scan to see the baby” “This is my fourth child and I’m really hoping it will finally be the opposite gender” “I haven’t really had enough time to see my baby at the medical scans and would like to see him/her again when it isn’t rushed”
Enter……Newcrest Baby Imaging. The answer to many of the questions, anxieties and joys that can come with pregnancy.
At Newcrest, elective non diagnostic scans can bridge the gap and answer all of the above considerations. Partners are able to bond with their babies, siblings can attend, making it more ‘real’ in their mind about the “baby in mummy’s belly” and thereby reducing anxiety about this big change in their life. Mums who have yet to feel baby move, can see bub bouncing around happily. Mums who do feel movement and wonder “was that a foot or a hand?” can correlate a fetal movement with visualisation on the TV screen.
“It’s a long time between my 20 week scan and 40 weeks, I would really like to just see my baby”….Newcrest !
“I want to see what my babies features are like before he/she arrives.” Newcrest makes this happen.
“I’ve had IVF, and while I’m not having any medical concerns it would really put my mind at ease to see the heartbeat again”….easily accommodated at Newcrest.
Some common questions answered:
When can these scans be performed:
These elective scans can be performed anytime after your initial dating scan from 8 weeks onward. They are not a substitute for regular medical scans, instead they are meant to compliment the experience between medical scans.
When can a gender determination be performed?
At 15 weeks an accurate gender determination can be performed by ultrasound, with a full maternal bladder”
When can reassurance scans be performed?
Reassurance scans can be performed at any time 8 weeks onward at Newcrest, after the initial dating scan has been completed and as long as there are no pressing medical concerns.
What can I do to prepare for the best outcome at my scan?
Hydration is crucial to good imaging. It does sound strange but drinking 2-3 litres of water daily actually boosts the amniotic fluid around baby which translates into amazing images of your baby at any gestational age. Drink lots of water ladies!
Will we be able to hear the heartbeat at the scan?
Absolutely! We can do pulsed wave Doppler after 12 weeks to listen to the heartbeat, and it can be recorded. Prior to this we also to silent M-mode Doppler which documents heart movement without the audible recording. Either of these are done at every scan.
What is 2D/3D/4D imaging?
2D imaging is the black and white images of a regular Ultrasound. We can also video baby’s kicks, jumps and yawns in 2D at your scan.
3D/4D is a detailed lifelike image of babies facial features, showing dimples, lips, cheeks, nose shape etc.
We always perform a combination of 2D 3D and 4D at every scan at Newcrest.
When is it best to get a good 3D scan to see my baby’s features?
3D technology at Newcrest is quite advanced. While the 3D features become more impressive as baby’s features become more developed at later gestational age, they are quite remarkable from 20 weeks onward. Again, maternal hydration is key!
Is ultrasound harmful to my baby?
Absolutely not. These are ‘sound waves’ entering the body which produce the image at frequencies beyond human audible range, hence the term “ultra” sound.
What’s the difference between an anterior placenta and a posterior placenta and will it affect the quality of my scan?
Anterior placenta is at the front of the uterus meaning the sound interacts with mum-placenta-then baby. This relationship in itself does not affect the quality of baby’s scan. What matters most is the amount of water around baby due to mother’s hydration daily.
Posterior placenta is at the back of the uterus meaning, Mum-Baby are communicating more directly thus fetal movements may be felt more readily. Again hydration rather than placental location is the key to amazing images.
What if my baby does not co operate with obtaining images?
Whitney’s scanning experience has lent her the nickname of the “Baby Whisperer” by many of her clients. There are multiple techniques and angles used to achieve the images she achieves. If baby chooses to be difficult, Whitney always seems to have a way to obtain the best results.
Newcrest Imaging / Whitney really takes personal interest in making your elective scans a joyful, relaxed and rewarding experience for the entire family. Feel free to reach out at any time to speak with Whitney about any questions you may have. Appointments must be booked well in advance due to demand.
I look forward to meet more lovely families and sharing in your journey!