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Pregnancy and obstetric ultrasound

Provision of a high quality ultrasound scan and experienced and informative counselling.  Specialist obstetric care to reassure you before, during and after your pregnancy.

Pre-pregnancy counselling

Prenatal diagnosis (Nuchal translucency scans/Harmony (NIPT)tests)

Obstetric Ultrasound scans (viability/sexing/growth/anomaly)

Cervical length

Placental and uterine scar assessment


Postnatal problems

Unfortunately pregnancy complications are not uncommon and Mr Aldrich has a wealth of experience in all pregnancy related matters and will be able to advise and manage on any issues that you may have. This will often involve his specialist skills in ultrasound in order to manage a wide variety of conditions such as those below.

Pre-pregnancy counselling

Mr Aldrich provides a counselling service prior to a planned pregnancy.  This is for anyone who has concerns, but commonly if you have co-existing medical conditions, have had previous surgery, or a history of miscarriages or cervical incompetence.

Prenatal diagnosis

Mr Aldrich is an expert in prenatal diagnosis and is able to undertake advanced nuchal translucency screening, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), invasive procedures (such as amniocentesis) and advanced fetal anomaly and growth scanning.  Following your assessment you will be counselled by Mr Aldrich.  Naturally, you will be carefully monitored and fully advised on the implications of the test results.

Nuchal translucency screening

A non-invasive test for Down´s Syndrome in unborn babies, nuchal translucency (NT) screening uses ultrasound to detect affected babies which involves a pelvic ultrasound scan and blood test.  Mr Aldrich also offers nasal bone screening to improve the accuracy of the test.  In unborn babies, the lack of nasal (nose) bone development can be an indicator of possible Down’s Syndrome.  This test is undertaken between 11-14 weeks of gestation.

NIPT (harmony) test

What is NIPT testing?

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a method of determining the risk that the fetus will be born with certain genetic abnormalities. This can be done from 10 weeks’ gestational age, and the result is normally back within 5 working days. NIPT is considered non-invasive because it requires drawing blood only from the pregnant woman and does not pose any risk to the fetus. NIPT is a screening test, which means that it will not give a definitive answer about whether or not a fetus has a genetic condition. The test can only estimate whether the risk of having certain conditions is increased or decreased. NIPT primarily looks for Down’s Syndrome (trisomy 21, trisomy 18, trisomy 13).

Obstetric ultrasound scan

Mr Aldrich has vast experience in specialist obstetric ultrasound and is happy to provide you with a scan at any time during your pregnancy to monitor fetal growth and wellbeing.

Cervical, placental and scar assessment

Scans can be performed during your pregnancy to assess for cervical incompetence, uterine scar problems and placental location if concerns arise.

Postnatal problems

After your delivery you may experience ongoing problems such as pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, or urinary symptoms and pelvic floor weakness. You may also have questions and concerns regarding your delivery. Mr Aldrich has many years’ experience in managing these symptoms and you will be able to arrange a convenient appointment .