In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that by looking at maternal characteristics, family history and combining them with findings from ultrasound scans and biochemical tests we can define the patient who are at a greater risk of developing a spectrum of pregnancy complications, including miscarriage and stillbirth, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, preterm delivery, fetal growth restriction and macrosomia.
The NHS does not offer simple early screening tests for many of these conditions. However, by identifying pregnancies early which are at potential high risk we can manage the pregnancy and outcome more effectively.
It is reassuring to know that the vast majority of women who screen will be identified as being at low-risk for pregnancy complications and so the number of medical visits to your GP or midwife can be substantially reduced.
Pre-eclampsia is pregnancy induced high blood pressure and is one of the most common life threatening conditions occurring in pregnancy. It occurs in around 1 in 50 pregnancies.
Screening will identify women at high-risk which will highlight the need for frequent maternal and fetal monitoring and where necessary, medication can be given. This is a scan extra that can be added to any early screening scan.
This is a scan extra that can be added to any of our scans between 11 to 13 weeks but not our anytime reassurance scan.
Although a rare condition, vasa praevia is a serious pregnancy complication. It occurs when blood vessels involved in circulating blood to your baby grow along the membranes in the lower part of the uterus at the cervical opening. When the condition is not detected in advance, these blood vessels can rupture during labour.
This is a scan extra that can be added to any of our pregnancy scans but not our anytime reassurance scan.
Preterm birth is a serious complication and has an incidence of 6–8%.The risk of spontaneous preterm birth increases as the length of the cervix (neck of the womb) decreases. Ultrasound scanning may be used to assess the length of the cervix in women at high risk of preterm birth. We will recommend an assessment after 16 weeks in high risk pregnancies. There is no proven benefit in assessing the cervix by ultrasound in women with no risk factors for preterm birth.
This is a scan extra that can be added to any of our pregnancy scans after 16 weeks but not our anytime reassurance scan.