am currently pregnant with my third baby, and have recently posted about having empty gestational sac (luckily everything was fine and i was a week out with my dates)
i am just over 9 weeks pregnant, and due to lack of availability i will not have a booking in appointment until i am just over 15 weeks . I asked whether my 12 week scan would still be arranged, and she advised i was unable to have one until i had my booking appointment, and it would be around 2 weeks after.
Because of this i will be going for a private scant 12 weeks to check everything is OK with baby, but, of course, many women will not be able to afford this luxury.
I know that this is not normal, but is this usual at the moment?
No this is no normal where I am. My GP surgery only has a midwife there half a day a week and there was no appointments for a month so I they referred me to another GP surgery which had midwives so I could have a booking in app at 6 weeks (they like to do it at 6 weeks in my area) and then had my 12 weeks scan booked at the app. If you don't have a scan until 17 weeks how are they meant to properly date you or offer you any of the screening tests which must be done by a certain date?
In my area (outer London), I could book my own scan online before having the booking in appointment with the midwife. Also worth checking if the GP can book a scan and nuchal bloods (if that is what they do in your area) for you.
Not acceptable. The midwives have a duty of care and this includes ensuring you get scans etc on time. They cannot just say no. Apart from accurate dating this means you miss the opportunity to have combined screening for downs, Edwards and patau's syndrome if you wanted it. I would definitely go back.
In my area if they are very booked up with 12-14 wk scans, the department stays open late to facilitate getting women in at the appropriate gestational stage. They can run clinics until 8pm if necessary.
Absolutely not acceptable to wait until 17 weeks. Are you in England OP?
This doesn't sound okay at all. My gp surgery didn't have any booking appts for midwife until I would've been 13 or so weeks but I was given a number to phone midwife directly and sent to an overflow clinic at the local hospital when I was 8 weeks. Got first scan & consultant appt next week at 12 weeks.