Many expectant mothers use our service to see a 3D or 4D scan of their baby out of pure curiosity, to literally take a peek at how their baby is coming along. However, following an antenatal diagnosis of a cleft lip, many mothers-to-be will want to go in for a baby scan more for peace of mind than anything else. We’re one of the many private ultrasound centres in the UK that will offer a free 4D scan of your developing baby following a diagnosis of a cleft lip or palate.
We’ve been working closely with the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) for years now, helping to give expectant and new mothers a better understanding of the condition, and what this means for their child. CLAPA is the only charity in the UK dedicated entirely to those who suffer from cleft lips and palates in the UK. They’re there for families from the moment they receive the diagnosis, and help them through any kind of difficulties they might experience before or after the birth. This includes a specialist feeding service, one-to-one emotional support, targeted information, and a whole host of other services. The charity has close professional ties with nine specialised cleft teams in the UK, as well as more general health professionals, to ensure parents and their children always get the best care possible.
3D and 4D Scans Explained
Most of us are familiar with a regular 2D ultrasound, whether from experience or second-hand. 3D and 4D scans can provide much more detail compared to these, adding depth to the image. Compared to the regular scans, these can give an expectant parent a much clearer idea of what the child’s cleft lip will look like when they’re born. Furthermore, being able to see this kind of detailed image will usually help a lot with easing some of the distress an expectant mother may feel after hearing their child has a cleft lip.
3D and 4D scans are basically the same, 4D is marketed as a 3D moving image. You’ll be able to see your baby moving around in the womb through live images. If you’re wondering what you expect to see, that all depends on what your baby’s up to at the time! Parents have been able to see the baby kicking, napping, and other heart-warming behaviours. Sometimes, unfortunately, the images aren’t as distinct as you’d like, and at other times you’re able to see more than you ever thought was possible. This all depends on the position the baby is in, the fluid around your infant’s face, and other factors. Often, babies with cleft lips and palates like to have their hands by their faces which can make them a little bit more tricky to see, but we have the time to spend getting you the best images we can and explain what we can see.
Knowing that your child will have a cleft lip or palate is never pleasant, but through our work with CLAPA, we’ve been able to give countless expectant mothers and their partners the peace of mind they want.