For Your Unique Pregnancy Baby Scans, Experience ASTER  
Having private scans in pregnancy offers reassurance for many reasons. You may have had early pregnancy bleeding, or concerns or just want to confirm your dates. You may wish to do the Harmony prenatal test for Down's syndrome. You may wish to know the fetal sex or just wish to have an idea of how the baby will look with a 4D scan.  
What is The Harmony Prenatal Test? 
The Harmony Prenatal test is a Non Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) for Down’s syndrome (Trisomy 21) and similar chromosomal conditions. 
 
It assesses free fetal DNA which is present in the mothers blood circulation. The laboratory techniques will extract the fetal DNA from a simple blood test from the mother.  
 
It has over 99% accuracy in detecting Down's syndrome (trisomy 21) in addition to Edward's syndrome (trisomy 18), and Patau's syndrome (trisomy 13) without the risk of miscarriage.  
 
At the Aster Baby Scan Clinic it is performed by Dr Bamfo and we work The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) to provide the Harmony Prenatal test to our mums to be. 
 
 
Being pregnant for the first time can pose lots of questions. One particular one is how big is my baby? Many women will not show a bump until they are well into the second trimester. It can be difficult to get an idea of how big the baby is. There are fruit analogies that help parent to be visualize how big their baby is. However, a pregnancy scan is the best way of knowing for sure how the baby is growing. It is also a great way to bond with the baby.  
Well why not follow in the steps of Beyonce, Demi Moore, The Kardashians, Kirsten Dunst, Serena Williams and many more celebrities! 
 
A woman's body is amazing especially while it nurtures and takes care of a developing baby ! This is such a special time for you and your family, so why not capture it! 
Birth Trauma – a subjective experience by the woman giving birth, her partner or anyone witnessing the birth and believing the event to be traumatic. In the UK there are up to 20,000 women that are affected by birth trauma.  
That is 30% of all birthing women found some aspect of their birth traumatic. 3-4% of all birthing women go on to develop Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can be as high as 15.7 % in high risk groups (Grekin & O’Hara, 2014).  
 
Birth trauma is very distinct from Postnatal depression and the signs and symptoms vary between the two conditions.  
 
However, due to the lack of awareness of Birth Trauma many postnatal women are being misdiagnosed. 
In days gone by, having a complication during pregnancy could trigger a train of thoughts about a difficult outcome…..but thankfully, times have changed. 
We know a lot more about pregnancy, birth, the common risks, preceding 'warning signs' and, ultimately, what to do to treat the potentially serious conditions mothers might face during childbirth today ...and that's wonderful.  
 
But it absolutely doesn't mean we should become complacent when it comes to watching out for anything 'abnormal' during childbirth. 
The conditions and risk factors that made childbirth so perilous for our predecessors haven't disappeared - we just know more about them now; how to treat them.....what to look out for..... This is why your midwife, GP and Obstetrician are all vital to ensuring you and your baby stay safe throughout your pregnancy and birth.  
 
They are the experts in checking everything is 'ok' - but they are also the people you REALLY want around when something is NOT 'ok'
Maternity Seminar event on 21st March 2019. 
An evening filled with knowledge and networking for student midwives and healthcare professionals. There will be updates on preeclampsia, prenatal screening, Non Invasive Prenatal testing (NIPT), infant feeding and contraception. Advice on caring for expectant parents with a previous difficult pregnancy pregnancy loss. Delivered by an the Aster baby Scan Clinic team.  
Baby, toddler and child growth, especially in social development and relationship formation, are greatly affected by where they spend their time, who they interact with and the quality of that interaction time! 
 
What better way to get out the house, and spend quality time with your baby, as well giving your baby the chance to see other babies and toddlers of different ages playing and getting together. 
 
Looking for fun baby clubs and facilities, but not wanting to leave town? Milton Keynes has a lot of soft play venues and infant facilities where your toddlers can roam around and play. While some have entrance fees and some are free, there are numerous play areas that you and your baby can enjoy and go have fun in. 
Breast milk is very important for every baby's diet. As the main source of nutrition for newborns, it contains nutrients that are naturally essential to infant growth and development. It boosts increased intelligence, often linked to higher IQ scores of the children when they transition to adulthood. Breast milk also has antibodies, which help lower the risk of infections and illnesses that may develop in the infant's early childhood. 
 
Although highly suggested by obstetricians and gynecologists, breastfeeding is mostly a woman's personal choice. Its long-term advantages are beneficial both for the infant and the mother, some of which are listed below. 
Preterm or premature birth is when a baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. In the UK, around 1 in 10 babies are born preterm. Most obstetricians and neonatal doctors will be more concerned when the premature birth occurs before 34 weeks and certainly before 32 weeks of pregnancy (very preterm). This is because the earlier the baby is born, the higher the risk of long term complications or health concerns for the baby. 
Getting that positive pregnancy test is exciting but it can be a long wait to see or hear the baby’s heart beat and check on the baby’s wellbeing for many women. The usual time for a first pregnancy scan is around 11-14 weeks in the NHS. At the Aster Baby Scan Clinic, we provide early pregnancy scans to give you that peace of mind from 7 weeks. Why have and early pregnancy scan and what can you see? We believe it is useful and can provide early reassurance and enhance the bonding experience. 
 
Let’s start with the facts about the pregnancies today. 
 
• In 2017, there were almost 680,000 live births in England and Wales, a fall of 2.5% from 2016 values. 
• The average age of mothers has risen from 26 years old and is now 30 years old. 
• Over their reproductive years, women are having fewer children. 
• In 2017, fertility rates fell for every age group except for women aged 40 years and over, where the rate increased. 
• 1 in 7 couples have difficulties when trying to conceive. 
 
So lots of babies are being born and women are tending to have children when they are older. Certainly more women choose to delay starting families due to their careers and this may be a factor. The traditional definition of a family has changed and all families are now very unique. Since it is normally a good idea to prepare for important life changes, this is useful information when contemplating a pregnancy. It certainly keeps things in perspective and focuses one’s mind on realistic expectations. 
 
Honestly, there is no such thing as a perfect time. It is a decision for the couple to make. They alone know how that bundle of joy will fit into their family life and careers. However, planning is useful and does have benefits. 
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