Do I Have To Have A Baby Scan?


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The answer to this question is no. Many people choose to have baby scans to see their baby and check that it is developing normally; however, there is no obligation to have scans. On the NHS, all women are invited to have two scans, but you do not have to attend them if you do not wish to; if you don’t want to have a scan, it is important to let the hospital know, so that they don’t keep your appointment. With private scans, patients are invited to make an appointment at a time that is convenient to them; if you don’t want to have a scan, this is fine, but if you do change your mind, the opportunity remains open.

If you’re unsure about whether or not to have a scan, it may be a good idea to speak to your midwife or call a private clinic and arrange a consultation so that you can talk about the different types of scan that are available and go through the pros and cons of having a private baby scan. If you don’t want to have an ultrasound scan, nobody should make you feel pressured to do this; however, there are some benefits that you may wish to consider before you make a final decision. Scanning can not only give you peace of mind that your baby is developing well; it can also tell you how many babies you are expecting and provide important information about the baby’s health and growth; if there are issues, these can be identified and arrangements can be made, which may help the development of the baby and improve its chances of enjoying good health once it arrives into the world.


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