You and your +1 guest (no children currently allowed) are required to wear a mask or face covering when attending appointments at Ultrasound Direct clinics, in line with UK government guidance. If you attend without a suitable face covering single-use masks are available to buy at the time of your appointment, subject to availability.
We are co-operating with the NHS Contact Tracing service, so you may like to download the NHS COVID-19 app before attending your appointment. On arrival you can scan the QR code when entering the clinic. This will help trace and stop COVID-19.
Available to women from 16 years of age.
Babybond® Gender Scans (sometimes called sexing scans) have been performed hundreds of thousands of times and remain the most popular in the UK. Our highly accurate* professional opinion is based on a dedicated protocol and experience since 1998 using 2D ultrasound to show parents the sex of their baby. Your choice of a free rescan is included if your baby’s position is not favourable on the day for the primary purpose of this scan.
All scans are performed by a qualified Sonographer with obstetric ultrasound scanning experience.
*Please note ultrasound alone can never provide a 100% guarantee of the sex of your baby, however our experience in providing accurate gender opinions is the foremost in the UK.
Sexing of your baby is FREE OF CHARGE with our Anomaly, Growth, Presentation, 4D Bonding and simply4D scans
Ultrasound Direct is offering COVID-19 Antibody Tests at clinics across the UK and Northern Ireland to help you establish whether you have had and recovered from COVID-19.
Find out more and book your COVID-19 Antibody Test today:
Book a COVID-19 Antibody Test for women
Book a COVID-19 Antibody Test for men
Babybond wellbeing check of fetal heartbeat and movement and professional opinion on the sex of the baby using ultrasound, available from 16 – 32 weeks gestation.
When your baby’s position is not ideal for a gender scan we stop scanning and ask you to take a short gentle walk in the local area. A head circumference measurement is undertaken to confirm gestational age and your baby must measure 16 weeks by our system to allow us to determine the gender of your baby. If our measurements make you less than 16 weeks, we will offer you a rescan at a later date
Please note that during the pandemic, we may not be asking clients to take a gentle walk unless clinic times allow. If your baby is not in a favourable position, you will be re-booked for a free rescan. This ensures that we keep you and other clients safe by avoiding multiple people in the clinic at any one time.
While we always do our best, we cannot guarantee we will be able to determine the gender on the day if your baby is in an unfavourable position. Please take this in to consideration when arranging any Gender Reveal plans.
When the primary purpose of your scan is completed, here are some popular recording media extras and unique gender reveal ideas our Gender scan clients take home with them (subject to availability):
Need to expose abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garments i.e trousers or skirt and top.
If you are less than 20 weeks, we recommend that you drink some water or other clear fluids and do not empty your bladder prior to your appointment.
Any pregnancy scans referred to as "non-diagnostic" should be avoided.
It implies that the (diagnostic) ultrasound equipment is not being used in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines, that the person operating it may not be a health care professional or following their duty of care requirements (i.e. ignoring any incidental findings), may not be professionally insured and are ignoring the fundamental safety guideline set out by the DoH in the UK.
All of our pregnancy scans include a minimum of a well-being check, are carried out by health care professionals who will act upon their duty of care with incidental findings and who can write clinical reports.
Our ultrasound systems are sourced through official channels and are set-up and operated to the manufacturer's guidelines.
Very rarely, there may be a problem that is totally unexpected and we are the bearers of bad news.
Never easy to hear, we will ensure you have the time, support and a plan of care arranged. We will continue our course of support for as long as you need us.
If you become concerned about any aspect of your scan, the images and recordings you have taken home or you wish to make a complaint, you can contact the clinic where you had your scan and our staff will discuss any concerns that you may have.
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.
We use the latest and safest technology to transfer your images to your device so you can share them with loved ones as soon as you leave the clinic