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A News investigation has uncovered failures in the diagnosis of serious medical issues during private baby scans. More than 200 studios across the UK now sell ultrasound scans, with hundreds of thousands being carried out each year. But the BBC has found evidence of women not being told about serious conditions and abnormalities.

 

The Care Quality Commission says there is good quality care in the industry but it has a “growing concern”. Private baby scanning studios offer a variety of services. Some diagnose medical issues while others market themselves as providers of souvenir images or video of the ultrasound. Most sell packages providing a “reassurance scan” to expectant mums.

 

The growing popularity of gender reveal parties means many women visit private baby scan studios to buy confetti cannons and balloons which unveil the sex of their baby after the scan. Many women BBC News spoke to said they had positive experiences at private studios, but we have also learned of instances where women said they were failed.

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The growing popularity of gender reveal parties means many women visit private baby scan studios to buy confetti cannons and balloons which unveil the sex of their baby after the scan. Many women BBC News spoke to said they had positive experiences at private studios, but we have also learned of instances where women said they were failed.Charlotte, from Manchester, attended a scan in Salford with one of the biggest franchises, Window to the Womb, to record her baby’s sex for a party and check its wellbeing. but we have also learned of instances where women said they were failed.Charlotte, from Manchester, attended a scan in Salford with one of the biggest franchises, Window to the Womb, to record her baby’s sex for a party and check its wellbeing.