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Using 2D technology the gender scan is usually performed through your tummy, but sometimes the sonographer will ask to perform an internal scan to gain a clearer view. We can give you the results of your scan during your appointment, as long as the sonographer has obtained a clear view of your baby’s genitalia. We will also perform a growth scan to check on the health of the baby.
A gender identification and growth scan will:
- Identify the gender of your baby
- Check your baby’s heart beat
- Measure the circumference and diameter of your baby’s head
- Measure the size of your baby’s waist
- Measure the length of your baby’s femur
- Examine your placenta
- Check the amount of fluid around your baby
- Check the baby’s movements
- Input all the measurements and data into our fetal database to compare and chart your baby’s growth
How accurate is the scan?
When clear views are obtained our results are 95% accurate. Gender identification is performed using conventional 2D ultrasound technology. Provided your baby is in a good position we will tell you the sex during your appointment. If not, you may need to walk around to encourage your baby to move into a more favourable position.
What happens with my results?
We always check on the wellbeing of your baby when we perform any scan and for this reason the gender scan is combined with a growth scan that checks your baby’s health. The results are presented in a two-page report. During your appointment we will go through your report and fully explain our diagnosis.
What if I have a multiple pregnancy?
If you have a multiple pregnancy it may not be possible to identify the gender of every baby. Appointment times for multiple pregnancies are also longer to allow the necessary time to examine each baby.
Looking for an earlier, more accurate method of finding out the gender of your baby?
The Harmony prenatal test can supply a greater than 99% accurate gender identification from 10 weeks of pregnancy. This is a non-invasive test which screens for Down’s Syndrome and other genetic conditions.