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    Any of you who have attended one of our Parentcraft classes is likely to have met Libby, our midwife.  She also works at UHW and is trying to promote skin ...

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    This blog has been a bit neglected lately as life got in the way of cyber postings but gathering dust on my bookshelf sat a book that Dr Beattie had ...

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Harmony Blood Test (Jan 2013)

New Harmony Blood Test  Non Invasive Prenatal Test from 10 weeks - a safe, accurate (99%) simple blood test for Down Syndrome. Now booking for January 2013. Update February 2013 - now works for Donor Egg and Surrogate pregnancies. 

Faster and More Accurate Amniocentesis and CVS (Feb 2013)

New DNA testing (BOBS) will identify 10 genetic conditions missed on conventional testing with most other results in about 7 rather than 14 days.

Whooping Cough Vaccine

All pregnant mums will be offered Whooping Cough Vaccine to protect their unborn babies from this life threatening infection in babies under 12 weeks old before they can be vaccinated themselves. Click here for more information. 

Miracle Baby

"Miracle Baby" Ruby Rees

The "Miracle Baby" Ruby Rees whose mum was the first in Wales to be monitored using  Fetal Fibronectin to screen for signs of premature labour. A positive fFN test provided a vital early warning to ensure treatment was given and a healthy baby girl Ruby delivered at term weighing 7lb 3oz. 

Click on the picture to hear their story. Click here to find out more about screening for premature labour.



Parentcraft Classes

Private Parentcraft Classess in the Village Hotel Cardiff from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on the first two Monday evenings of each month. Small exclusive classes for mums-to-be and couples. Free refreshments.



At Innermost Secrets, we believe that quality, expert care speaks quietly for itself. Led by Dr Bryan Beattie, a Consultant Obstetrician and local specialist in Fetal Medicine, our team offers personalised pregnancy care for mums-to-be and a range of sexual health services for women and men. 

Based or new clinic at Ash Tree Private Medical Clinic at Cardiff Gate Business Park (M4 Jct 30) , we can also offer you the latest technology and tests - private antenatal care; early scans; tests for Downs Syndrome including the new safe NIFTY Blood Test at 10 weeks for Down Syndrome,  faster more accurate amniocentesis and CVS (BOBS), 3D/4D baby bonding scans; screening for pre-eclampsia, premature labour and group B Strep and newborn heart checks. Click here to go to our new Innermost Healthcare website.

Learning from the things that we do is important to us - and so in addition to providing expert private healthcare we support Innermost Learning who are a registered charity (No. 1146931) who run educational events for patients (past, present and future!) and medical, midwifery and nursing professionals.

Contact us to book an appointment or for more information on any of our services:
Telephone: 0345 230 3386
Text:          07786 202070
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NEW CLINIC OPEN 18th February 2013

Click here for information on our New Clinic at Cardiff Gate.


Difficult Times, Difficult Places 2013

Innermost Learning - next symposium - click here for details

Wednesday 8th May, 6pm to 9:30pm, Village Hotel Cardiff


Fetal Sexing Scans and Gender Selection

There has been considerable recent adverse publicity around private fetal sexing scans to enable selective termination of pregnancy based on whether the woman was expecting a baby boy or a baby girl.  Innermost Secrets are dedicated to optimising the outcome of every pregnancy for both mother and baby and will therefore not book or perform fetal sexing scans under 24 weeks, the legal limit for social termination of pregnancy.


Womens Health

Placing you and your baby in the best of care

When you are pregnant or in need of the services of a fertility clinic, you want to make sure your life and the life of your growing baby inside you are in the best hands, health-wise.

There are many factors to consider such as a possible Down Syndrome test, pregnancy scans, ultrasound scans and antenatal care. These things, implemented early enough, may help  improve your life and that of your unborn child.

Our team of experts

At Innermost Secrets we employ seasoned experts in the fields of obstetrics, gynaecology, maternal and fetal medicine, infertility. We also provide a range of services including the nuchal translucency Down Syndrome test, pregnancy scans, antenatal care, fertility testing in our fertility clinic, screening for sexually transmitted infections, ovarian cancer screening as well as treatment for obesity and reductil treatment.

At Innermost Secrets we can deal with a vast array of medical conditions related to fertility, miscarriage and pregnancy, being able to offer advice from the best doctors and medical staff available. You'll always be in good hands with our services!

Mens Health

Traditional down syndrome tests

Various tests have been developed to try to identify those women at greatest risk of having a chromosomally abnormal baby, such as a Down Syndrome, who could then decide whether or not to proceed to amniocentesis.

The TripleTest or Barts Test at about 15 weeks into the pregnancy detects approximately 70% of Down Syndrome pregnancies. This down syndrome test is based on about one in every 25 (4%) women having the blood test ending up with a high risk result (i.e. more than one in 150) and then proceeding to amniocentesis.

Over the last twenty years, new technology has improved the methods of detection of fetal abnormalities, including when providing a down syndrome test. While there are ways to diagnose abnormalities through a down syndrome test by obtaining fetal tissue samples by amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, it would not be appropriate to examine every pregnancy this way.

Although diagnostic, these tests do carry a slight risk to the fetus. But in order to check, down syndrome tests are carried out if the woman - after being subjected to some screening tests - have shown to be at "high risk". These pregnancies are then candidates for further diagnostic testing.

How an ultrasound works

An ultrasound scan is cyclic sound pressure with a frequency greater than the upper limit of human hearing. Although this limit varies from person to person, it is approximately 20kilohertz (20,000 hertz) in healthy, young adults and thus, 20 kHz serves as a useful lower limit in describing ultrasound scans.

The production of the ultrasound scan is used in many different fields, typically to penetrate a medium and measure the reflection signature or supply focused energy. The reflection signature can reveal details about the inner structure of the medium. The most well known application of ultrasound scans is its use in sonography to produce pictures of fetuses in the human womb. There are a vast number of other applications for it as well, such as a pelvic ultrasound scan. We would advise a pelvic ultrasound scan as part of the initial investigation in women with fertility problems to check that the uterus appears normal and whether the ovaries have a polycystic appearance.

Health Professionals

The fertility clinic at Innermost Secrets

We offer a range of tests, including pregnancy scans, ultrasound scans and other medical services at our fertility clinic to help couples who are battling to conceive a baby.

Our fertility clinic, run by experienced and expert medical staff also provides consultations, specialist tests to check ovulation, tubular patency and male factor infertility problems. The fertility clinic also offers various other therapies for women and couples to help them to conceive.

Early pregnancy scans

Many people ask 'why have early pregnancy scans?' The answer is clear - early pregnancy scans can detect an ectopic pregnancy, confirm a pregnancy, identify twins or triplets and more. The estimated due date can also be worked out through pregnancy scans. Having early pregnancy scans can also identify major abnormalities and identify twins.

Antenatal care is vital

The antenatal care clinic at Innermost Secrets is very thorough in guiding and advising pregnant mothers-to-be. An antenatal care booklet is available to pregnant women in the NHS in England and Wales. This antenatal care book explains key advice from NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and is useful to read through to answer any questions you may have during your pregnancy. The booklet aims to help you understand the antenatal care that should be available in the NHS during your pregnancy and what you can expect throughout your time as an expectant mum.