So first came the routine 12 week baby scan. That was hard enough to wait for, especially as you just want confirmation that baby is doing well. Then the 20 week anomaly scan countdown began and I was ticking off the days as they slowly went by. Once this scan was done, I couldn’t think of anything worse than not seeing my baby again until birth.
Luckily Christmas was approaching. What did I want for Christmas? Simple, to see my baby again.
I didn’t know what to expect from a 4D scan, and I certainly didn’t want to book a scan with a company that wasn’t NHS approved. I came across ‘Window to the Womb’ and they seemed legit, safe and extremely informative. I was sold.
There are lots of different packages on offer including: wellbeing, gender, 4D and reassurance scans. I opted for the Well-being 4D Picture Box Scan for £99. This included:
- A well-being report
- A fetal well-being report
- 4D baby scan
- Optional gender confirmation (which I quickly declined)
- 4 photo prints
- Plus, all digital copies of the prints captured
To opt for this package you have to be 24 – 34 weeks pregnant. I am 27 weeks so it worked out perfectly.
Upon arriving at the Milton Keynes clinic, we were seated in the waiting room with other expecting parents. The waiting room was covered in lots of different scan pictures. Some pictures were listed under ‘yawning baby’ or ‘shy baby’, and some even had comparison pictures next to them of the newborn baby. The similarity in many of them is uncanny. So what was our little monkey going to look like? I was extremely intrigued and excited for the scan now.
We were informed about some offers the clinic were currently running, and opted to get the £30 extra HD experience. Within a few minutes, we were called through to say hello to our baby for the third time. Can you ever have too many scans?
The scan room consisted of lots of big screen plasmas scattered around a concealed dark room, plus a large sofa for your entourage to be seated at. My entourage included my partner, my father and my step-mother. An unforgettable cinematic experience was about to begin and I could not wait.
We had three very friendly members of staff in the room with us; one operating the Doppler and the other two were in charge of the screens. They immediately asked us whether we knew the sex or wanted to know the sex, but as we have decided to keep this an itching surprise, I declined quickly before temptation got too much. We were then asked to just look away whilst they allocated baby with the Doppler for the first time. Nothing was spotted, despite having a little peek.
The scan starts with your well-being check up, so they confirm the four chambers of the heart, the stomach and so on. This has all previously been checked in the anomaly scan, but it’s reassuring to hear and see it all again. You then get to see the standard black and white 2D image of your baby on the big screen. They then play the little heartbeat out loud, which is the sweetest sympathy to my eardrums every time I hear it. It’s when they turn the screen to 4D that my breathe got taken away and the experience truly began.
The first view of my little monkey’s face immediately made me well-up. I just could not quite believe that he/she was wriggling around inside me. I couldn’t get my head around the fact myself and my partner had created this perfect little person. A perfect nose. Two perfect eyes. And the cutest little gymnast legs I’ve ever seen.
Despite my placenta being at the front and little monkey having their legs up by their head, our images were extremely clear. I just wish I could remember all of it clearly, but I felt like it was a perfect dream and I was transfixed to the screen with every tiny movement. Time just flew by and I could have spent the whole evening in that room staring at that little face. One word – magical.
Once the scan was complete, we were asked to go back through to the waiting room. We now had the hard decision of choosing which of the 30 images we wanted as our four prints. This took us a good 10 minutes of debating between myself and my partner, but in the end we come to a decision. We were then given the details of how to receive all 30 of the digital images. They provide you with a code so that you can access all of the images captured through an app on your phone. This is really innovative and is a clear selling point. You basically get to keep every moment of the scan directly on your phone.
I would highly recommend the 4D scan experience to anyone expecting and wanting to see their baby again. Window to the Womb in Milton Keynes were extremely friendly, reassuring and made me and my entourage feel completely comfortable from the moment we arrived. The only problem is…I now have 13 weeks to wait until I see my baby again. Let the final part of this countdown begin…
Thanks Window to the Womb for providing me with that unforgettable moment. I never thought looking into my Womb would be so beautiful.