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Lullaby Baby Scans is a mobile service delivered straight to your door so you and your partner can enjoy bonding and spending time with your unborn baby in the comfort of your own home. The service is convenient, relaxing and totally non- clinical.

Our NHS provides an excellent service in keeping women and their unborn babies safe during pregnancy but it just doesn’t have the manpower to meet the ever-increasing social appetite for seeing our little ones on-screen. Often, we feel reassured by seeing their heartbeat, looking at some movements and even seeing their wee face all snuggly and happy in there. It makes us feel like we’re doing a good job!

For every scan you book with us, £1 will be donated to Kicks Count Charity for mums who have very sadly lost their baby.

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It’s not much but we hope to make this donation ever more significant with your help in sharing our concept and service.

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Your Lullaby Lady

Baby scans in the home is a brand new concept, developed by a doctor training in the specialty of obstetrics. All her scan training has been ‘in house’ through the RCOG training programme. This means she is qualified to identify and check for viability of a pregnancy from 8 weeks with an external probe only, measure fluid levels, check presentation (which way the baby is facing), placental site, and simple measurements like head and belly size.

She is NOT qualified to look at abnormalities with the anatomy or check blood flow through the cord. There are no official qualifications for gender determination in the UK for sonographers but with some careful positioning of the probe it is usually quite easy (for you!) to tell what’s between the legs from 20 weeks.

It is important that before you decide on this type of service you fully understand what is being offered to you and that you give your full consent for ultrasound to be used in a non-medical way on your baby. We ask that you read our FAQ section and agree to our terms and conditions before you go ahead with a scan.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

So, how does the session work? How can I have a scan in my house- those machines are HUGE!!

chison scannerLullaby Baby Scans has been developed using a portable ultrasound made by Chison, a leading manufacturer in portables and 4D technology. They have a new system called ‘virtual HD’ which gives a more skin-like appearance to the baby’s face unlike the traditional ‘gold’ looking ones. It’s a small machine (about the size of a laptop) but it packs in a lot of technology.

If you have a VGA connection on your TV we can link it up so you can see your baby on a much bigger screen (please make sure this is accessible before your appointment) If not, don’t be too disappointed, you can play back any cine clips and see all the still pictures afterwards :)

Do I need to do anything before hand?

chison vga portHere’s a simple check list for you to run through (you didn’t think we’d let you get away with putting your feet up did you?!)

  1. Please make sure you’ve checked your TV for a VGA socket (pictured) and that it is accessible if you wish to link up the scanner during your scan.
  2. A small, sturdy coffee table would be handy to pop our machine on 😉
  3. Drinking plenty of water a week or so beforehand makes sure your amniotic fluid (waters) are optimal before your scan (we needs lots of fluid for the ultrasound to look at its best)
  4. We scan to your right so make sure you have a comfy sofa with lots of cushions to prop yourself up on that’s in the right position to see the TV
  5. If you wish to facetime or take a ‘Scelfie’ please make sure your device has enough battery and memory (it’s the simple things)
What’s the difference between a 3D and a 4D scan?

A 3D scan is a still three dimensional image of your baby in the womb, and a 4D scan is a 3D image in motion (time between each image). This motion differentiates between a 3D and a 4D scan. Your scan will have both kinds of images.

What happens if I don’t get the experience or images I was hoping for?

Naturally, we want you to have the best experience possible but this means a little engagement from you and your family as well as just us looking at the screen. The clarity of the images obtained heavily relies on how slim the lady being scanned is, the more extra weight you carry (more than 2cm when you press your belly) the more blurry the images will appear.  It also depends on which position the baby is lying in…if the baby’s face is right up against the placenta, for example, it’s unlikely we will get any recognisable facial shots in 4D. If your baby is facing towards your back we won’t get anything either- their face has to be pointing towards the camera (say cheese!) We wish there was something we could change about all this but sometimes baby’s don’t play ball. We are unable to offer a free re-scan as we are a mobile unit but we will only charge a standard ‘call out’ fee of £40 if we are unable to obtain any facial images between 26-32 weeks.

Who can be at my scan?

This is a very happy occasion and we know that hospitals are strict on who can and can’t come in and see your baby. This is your experience so there are no restrictions about who you have in your own home! We just ask that any small children are supervised as the equipment is expensive (eeek) and doesn’t do well after a liberal washing of fruitshoots.

Who is the person scanning me? What sort of qualifications do they have?

Lullaby Baby scans has been founded by a doctor training in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. All her scan training has been ‘in house’ through the RCOG training programme. This means she is qualified to identify and check for viability of a pregnancy from 8 weeks with an external probe only, measure fluid levels, check presentation (which way the baby is facing), placental site, and simple measurements like head and belly size. She is NOT qualified to look at abnormalities with the anatomy or check blood flow through the cord. There are no official qualifications for gender determination in the UK for sonographers but with some careful positioning of the probe it is usually quite easy (for you!) to tell what’s between the legs from 20 weeks.

Does an ultrasound hurt or harm your baby?

So far as we know, ultrasound is not harmful in pregnancy  Ultrasound technology has been researched extensively in hundreds of clinical studies since its inception (over 30 years ago) and no results have shown that ultrasound causes any harm to either mother or baby. Our clever friends at the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) have a fantastic website full of information to keep you well informed on the choices you make surrounding the use of ultrasound on your baby.

Obstetric Ultrasound Guidance and safety information

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What you should expect from an Ultrasound scan

What’s the earliest and latest you offer scans? Can I have a scan before my NHS one?

We would love to be able to give you a scan as soon as you see those two lines appear on your pregnancy test but as we offer a purely social service we ask that you don’t book in for a scan until you’ve had your first NHS dating scan at around 12 weeks, and that everything has been confirmed OK in early pregnancy. We don’t offer scans over 36 weeks as there isn’t much to see!

What sort of scans do you offer? Do I still need to go to my NHS appointments?

At Lullaby Baby we are focussed solely on enhancing your experience of pregnancy and giving you the opportunity to bond with him or her through imagery. We don’t perform any medical checks like at your 20 week scan or foetal biometry (serial measurements in the third trimester). You absolutely must attend your NHS scans as they are performed for very serious reasons, and can detect any problems your baby is having inside you.

Do you perform gender scans?

This is a slightly blurry issue…as part of our basic  ‘’See, Hear, Explore’’ scan we will have a look between the legs for you from 20-24 weeks but as there is no 100% guarantee we will get it right, this should not be the sole purpose of your scan.  We don’t feel its ethical to offer this as a stand alone service given there are no guarantees! There are other factory-type scanning outlets available out there if you just want to have the baby sexed or you can have a Harmonyâ„¢ blood test which is more accurate.

I understand you’re not checking for anything wrong but what if you saw something that wasn’t right? Would you tell me?

To keep things simple, yes we would of course alert you to something that was amiss. The only things that we would be able to spot instantly without a proper medical check are:

  • Very little/No fluid around the baby
  • No movements seen at all
  • No heartbeat seen
  • Cord underneath the baby in late pregnancy

Other, more subtle things or anything wrong with bloodflow through the placenta would not be routinely checked for. One of the best markers for babies in distress is the amount of movements you are experiencing. Please take a look at Kicks Count and if you have ANY concerns at all about the movement pattern of your baby you mustn’t book in for any sort of scan. Instead, you should contact your local maternity unit who will investigate a bit further as scans don’t necessarily tell us the whole picture of how your little one is feeling.

What guidance and safety procedures do you follow?

We prioritise the safety and well-being of our clients and their unborn bundles of joy over getting the very best pictures available. It is not safe to continuously scan for more than 30minutes at a time in early pregnancy so will always ensure we do not exceed this limit. Our scanner is brand new, in keeping with guidance from the RCOG that all scanners used for obstetric purposes should be no more than 5 years old.  We have membership to BMUS, ISUOG and RCOG professional bodies.

British Medical Ultrasound Society – Safety statements

ISUOG http://www.isuog.org/

ALARA – ‘as low as reasonably achievable’ applies to duration of ultrasound scan

Health and Social Care Act 2008

Mental Capacity Act 2005

What indemnity insurance do you have?

This service DOESN’T include a detailed medical diagnostic and screening service for the pregnancy, therefor we are not required to cover ourselves with indemnity insurance. We do have public liability insurance in place with Covea. This will cover things like dropping the scanner on your toe (watch out!) or similar but if your baby encounters any problems after your scan with us we can’t be held responsible