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4D Baby Bonding Scans4D Baby Bonding Scans

Some parts of the baby's anatomy can be seen much more clearly than with 2D ultrasound, especially the face, arms, legs, fingers and toes. For example cleft palate has been shown to be more clearly seen with 3D ultrasound.

In addition, activities of the baby inside the womb can be seen which are difficult or impossible to identify on 2D scanning. For example with 4D scanning the fetus can now be seen to yawn, cry, swallow, blink and perform intricate finger movements. These activities can be seen even in mid pregnancy although they become more common as pregnancy advances.

“For the first time in Wales, pregnant women and their families can watch their unborn child at play. Previously they would have had to go to London or Birmingham. I spend most of my working week watching ultrasound scans of unborn babies but the images from this new technology is breathtaking” says Dr Del Rich, Consultant in Fetal Medicine and co-founder of the Innermost Secrets 4D ultrasound service.

Bonding between parents and baby has been shown to be stronger when the 3D image is seen compared to the 2D image because the picture of the baby is more realistic. Improved bonding has been shown to improve the mother's care of herself and therefore her baby.

There are many factors that impact the length of an ultrasound exam, including the position of the baby in the womb. However, a typical exam for an expectant mother lasts approximately 30 minutes.


What will I get?   DVD and Photos
We will do a growth scan to assess the baby's wellbeing and you will get a DVD recording of the scan and 4-6 colour photos as a moento of your 4D Baby Bonding Scan.

Will the DVD play on my home DVD recorder?   USUALLY

Most modern DVD recorders and computers will play the DVDs but you should check that your DVD player is able to play DVD+RW discs.

Will I always get a beautiful picture of my baby?    USUALLY

Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby's face.

Do I need to have the usual scans in my own hospital?   YES
It is very important that you go through the hospital routine so that no antenatal test is missed out. By having a 4D scan however, you will have a professional, detailed scan of the baby's growth and anatomy and this information will be sent to your general practitioner.

When is the best time to have a 4D scan?   24-30 weeks
Good pictures of your baby can be obtained throughout your pregnancy. In early pregnancy you will see the whole baby moving its arms and legs but details of the face are indistinct. Later in pregnancy you will see clear images of your baby's features.

How do I share my 4D scans photos and videos online?

You can now share your 4D scans online. Just click on the Baby Scan Logo!



Sound & Vision Experience


You will have a 20-30 minute 4D scan recorded onto a DVD with a unique soundtrack mixed and recorded by international composer Simon Cooper as well as some colour 3D images as a permanent keepsake of your 4D scan.

Simon Cooper - International Composer

Simon CooperSimon Cooper is a professional composer and producer of Ambient, Chill-Out, World Lounge and Relaxation Music with currently 12 albums released worldwide by the Dutch record label, Oreade Music. Simon's music has also been released and published by major labels such as Sony Music, Universal, Polygram, Island, Warner, Zyx Music etc. To date he has appeared on over 80 compilation albums, appearing alongside artists such as Enigma, Clannad, Jean Michel Jarre, Adiemus, Loreena McKennitt, Jah Wobble, Vangelis, Secret Garden, Blackmore's Night etc.

Our very first experiences of hearing are developed during intra-uterine life in the womb, where the sounds we hear are organic, rhythmic and natural. Familiar sounds and music are calming and reassuring to the young baby, creating an intimate barrier of safety and love. Research suggests that smooth, harmonious music can facilitate the transition from alert wakefulness to sleep in infants, thus reducing irritability and crying.

Music of the WombSimon's CDs Music for Mother and Baby, Music of the Womb and Nature Baby have been developed with these holistic aims in mind. Simon has carefully structured each composition so that the music may entrain the heart rate and respiration of the listener via its rhythmic pulse. This results in blissful relaxation for parent and baby.Mothers-to-be may also benefit from listening to the Music for Mother and Baby CDs throughout pregnancy

Simon Coopers music can be sampled at his own website. Simon Cooper Music

Why not listen to a sample of his unique breathtaking music or even order one of his albums on CD.

A babys arm and hand at 32 weeks
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