Gender Scan




16 to 32 weeks

As part of our strategy to help fight the spread of COVID-19, appointments for this scan are limited. For more information please see our COVID-19 Information page.

Available to women from 16 years of age.

The Babybond® Gender Scan (sexing scan) has been performed hundreds of thousands of times and remains the most popular in the UK. 

As a private healthcare provider, we’ve correctly sexed more babies from 16 weeks than anyone else! 

Your choice of a free rescan is included if your baby’s position is not favourable on the day. 

All scans 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.

Sexing of your baby is complimentary with our Anomaly, Growth, Presentation, and 4D Baby Scans 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:
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What does this scan include?

Babybond well–being check of fetal heartbeat and movement and professional opinion on the sex of the baby using ultrasound, available from 16 – 32 weeks gestation.


  • 15 minute diagnostic appointment
  • Babybond wellbeing checklist
  • Sexing of baby
  • 2D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve
  • Plus 4DFREEVIEW™ with 3D ultrasound b/w prints in sleeve*
  • Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE delivery of your scan images and report

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.


This scan includes viewing your baby in live 4D from available views and thermal b/w 3D scan prints at no extra charge. Please note that 4DFREEVIEW is a free option and if your baby’s position is not favorable for aesthetics on the day, we cannot offer a free rescan for this reason.

Have your scan images sent to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE Mobile: a safe and secure system for the delivery of ultrasound scan images to your mobile device or email address. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE uses the latest technology to bring you your scan images in a format that can be saved forever or shared on social media at the touch of a button. Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE is included with your scan at no extra cost.

Gender Scan Media Extras

When the primary purpose of your scan is completed, here are some popular recording media extras and unique gender reveal items our Gender scan clients take home with them (subject to availability):

  • Babybond® USB memory stick with 3D still images (jpeg format), in Babybond bag - £10.00
  • Babybond® USB memory stick with mini-clips and 3D still images (jpeg format), in Babybond bag - £20.00
  • Colour gloss 3D scan prints in sleeve - £5.00
  • Colour gloss 3D scan keyrings - £5.00
  • Babybond® Gender Reveal Cannon - Large - £20.00
  • Babybond® Gender Reveal Cannon - Small - £12.00
  • Babybond® Gender Reveal Scratchcards - £1.00 each or 6 for £5.00

Pre-scan preparation

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.

Guide to number of guests

From 1st June, you are welcome to attend your appointment with one guest at most clinics (no children currently allowed). The guest must be from the same household or 'support bubble' and we strongly advise that you and your guest attend wearing a facemask or face covering to help reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Question


Why choose to have a 15 minute gender scan appointment? 

As the name suggests, any gender scan (or sexing scan) will show you if your baby is likely to be a boy or girl, but please note that ultrasound can never provide a 100% guarantee. 

This 15 minute gender scan allows you to book as early as 16 weeks and as late as 32 weeks. At these earlier and later gestations, your baby's size and position can make it harder to image successfully, so we allow more time. 

If you do choose this longer appointment, you also get a great opportunity of seeing your baby in live 4D with our 4DFREEVIEW no cost option.

Your baby's position and gestational age plus maternal BMI are key factors in the likelihood of sexing your baby accurately during your appointment. If your baby's position is not favourable on the day, you'll have the option of a free rescan.

What is the difference between diagnostic and non-diagnostic scans? 

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

What if my scan shows something is wrong or I need help after my appointment? 

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. 

Are your sonographers qualified?

Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.

What if I get bad news during my scan?

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.

Are children welcome in the scan room?

No children will be allowed in clinic until further notice to help minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

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