Would you like to be on Mumsnet's research panel? We're especially keen for parents-to-be and new parents to join. You can sign up here - there's (nearly) always a great incentive on offer for your views.

12wk scan - photo to take home?

(37 Posts)
bebopanddoowop Thu 03-Oct-13 08:53:29

It's my 12wk scan tomorrow morning and I am trying to take away the morbid thoughts and anxiety away by concentrating on the good things smile

Just one question I can't find answers for - if we are lucky enough to get a healthy baby on screen I understand many hospitals also give you the option that you can buy a printout of it, is that correct from other peoples experience? Just wondered if anyone could indicate roughly how much I can expect that to be? Just so I've got enough money on me!

It's an nhs scan I'm getting at Southend hospital in Essex.

Any response welcome, thankyou!

sanityisamyth Thu 03-Oct-13 21:18:54

£6.50 in Taunton

Stom91 Thu 03-Oct-13 21:17:13

My hospital just gave me my photo and then asked for a donation in a pot so I put £2 in.

puddleduck16 Thu 03-Oct-13 20:25:35

I can't believe how things vary over the country.

I'm Aberdeen. All free, although there is a notice up saying they appreciate all donations. Got about 7 at my 12 week scan (took 4 attempts to get baby in correct position for measurements) and got 3 at my 20 week scan.

But from what I can tell at these forums is that most people get an option to know their scan through the NHS. We're not given that option. So if you want to know boy or girl we would have to get a private scan.

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 16:06:37

Yes actually I wish they would warn you that you needed pounds coins. I bet a lot of people are dissapointed, it's not always easy toget change in a hospital.

Twiddlebum Thu 03-Oct-13 16:03:16

£4 per photo and we needed to buy a token from a machine so had to have pound coins as there is no where to get change

bebopanddoowop Thu 03-Oct-13 15:52:15

Great to hear another at Southend grin

I couldn't go down the route of private scans or I'd want one everyday!

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 15:51:59

writer another bleed? Gosh, you are having a rough time of things. Hope it's plainer sailing for now (have namechanged - I think - since then but I was on many threads with you from the early weeks bemoaning the general sickness and feeling crap!).

Tulipsandbuttercups Thu 03-Oct-13 14:56:44

I had my scan at Southend. Now 27 weeks. I think it was £5 per photo. but we got more than one for £5. 12 week scan an amazing experience x

Writerwannabe83 Thu 03-Oct-13 14:19:07

grin

I have booked a private scan next week for reassurance (after a nasty bleed last week) and to find out the gender! I'm so excited! We have got a full 30 minute session booked and alongside that we get two photos and only cost us £60.

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 14:06:00

A friend of mine was moaning about how much hers cost seeing as they were a bit rubbish. I'd just had a private one so the pics were much clearer and she said "I can't believe you got loads for free, bloody nhs". Umm, yes but I paid the company £120 for the scan grin

moanymandy Thu 03-Oct-13 13:34:02

I had to pay £10 too. I did get about 5 pics on 12 week and about 7 at 20 but when I had ds 3 yeats ago it was £5.

have a look on your appointment letter as it gave details on mine

CrispyFB Thu 03-Oct-13 13:08:14

It was £2/photo a few years back in the hospitals in SE London I went to, but half the time they didn't charge me anything, just handed them over. This was normally because the token machine was out of order. And even if it worked, they would always give me extras. Lovely sonographers! grin And yes, EPU always free.

I went to St Albans hospital yesterday and my eyes were out on stalks at the £5/photo charge. Thought outside London would be cheaper! I mean, I bet it costs a few pence per photo to print, it's hardly a colour laser, is it? It's basically a profit-making scheme on top of charging £2/hour for the car park as well when you know your appointment can be over an hour late too, gits.

ElleCloughie Thu 03-Oct-13 11:54:41

Our hospital it is £5 in coins for scan pictures, but we have been lucky and never actually had to pay - 12week scan my appointment was delayed by an hour and a half, and I was so uncomfortable with my huge,distended bladder that the sonographer took pity and printed off a load and gave them to DH while I scampered off to the loo. 20 week scan she was in a stupid position, so could hardly get their measurements the first time, but they gave us the only shot they could get of the baby as a whole. We were given some more when we went back for the enxt appointment, I think they thought we must have already paid for some, so just gave us some extra ones. I also had to go for a growth scan at 33 weeks because she was measuring very small, which was very stressful as DH was away at the time. I asked if they could get a picture, because I wanted something to show him when he got home, and so the sonographer managed to get a reasonable one (she was too big to get a good picture, the irony!) and just gave it to me. I think it probably depends on the individual sonographer - all the ones here have been lovely to us! But while sat in the waiting room, we have seen plenty of couples paying for their token to get the picture after the scan, so they obviously don't just hand them out to everyone.

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 10:10:44

Yes, EPU ones are free. I have had lots of EPU scans in this pregnancy and they always gave me some to take away. I guess when a woman goes to EPU they are usually quite distressed, so to charge them for a photo would be wrong really.

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 03-Oct-13 10:04:02

I've been given them for free at some scans (usually the free ones are at EPAU or for emergency scans) paid £3 per photo with DS1, paid £6 for a photo when expecting DS2! Then back to £3 this time round. Bizarre. However, when expecting DS2, the sonographer slipped a couple of extra prints into my pregnancy notes as "£6 per photo is outrageous" :-)

Makqueen2 Thu 03-Oct-13 09:57:25

It's £5 a photo at my hospital. They have a vending machine thing in the waiting area and you put your coins in and get a sticker to give to the technician.

Hope your scan goes well, I am always a nervous wreck before mine (had lots for reassurance due to previous loss).

Hopelass Thu 03-Oct-13 09:46:22

I'm in Manchester and it was £5. They specified that this needed to be in coins too as you had to buy a voucher from a machine! Very odd roundabout way of doing it but there we go!! Good luck for your scan!

TobyLerone Thu 03-Oct-13 09:44:20

£10?! Bloody hell shock

Yonididnaedaethat Thu 03-Oct-13 09:42:24

Ours are free (Scotland) but you only get 1 scan pic.

PrincessKitKat Thu 03-Oct-13 09:37:20

Had our scan last week - it was £5 per photo (Birmingham) The nice scan-lady printed a few images but told us she'd hide them behind the main photo or they'd charge us per pic!

Relax and enjoy! I hope it goes really well for you & you get good clear pics smile

Lj8893 Thu 03-Oct-13 09:34:28

Ours just asked for a contribution. They gave us an envelope, we put £4 in and popped it in a safe box thing.

Oh, and we did have to ask the sonographer at the beginning of the scan to get pics! Otherwise she wouldn't have done any.

greentshirt Thu 03-Oct-13 09:34:04

Ours is £5, it said on the letter confirming the appt. I got 2 'framed' photos in the little cardboard thingy and about 4 more, all for the fiver so not too bad.

rallytog1 Thu 03-Oct-13 09:28:40

Often they say one thing and do another, but in your favour. For example, we were told £5 per pic but the sonographer just shoved seven pics into my hands and said loudly to the receptionist "So that's one picture, £5 to pay."

I think most of them realise we're not all loaded and are very kind!

Ginnytonic82 Thu 03-Oct-13 09:23:53

We paid £4 for one photo at our 12 week scan, but since then the lovely sonographer we've seen has given us copies of scans for free! She even let us select ones we wanted, so at 20 weeks we have pics of bubba's tiny hands and feet and at 28 weeks pictures of his face. It's so exciting, I totally understand your nerves, but keep focusing on the positives and I hope it all goes really well.

Take it in pound coins too
That caught us out once

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now