"Bass Coast Radiology"
Posted by Third time mum (as ),
My husband and I went to Bass Coast Radiology for our 20 week pregnancy ultrasound and had a great experience with our sonographer. She was informative, professional and thorough.
Upon returning home we spoke about how completely different our first scan had been. I decided that we should alert someone to what we felt was a lack of professionalism exhibited by the sonographer who performed our 12 week scan. That scan was carried out at Bass Coast Radiology in Wonthaggi.
Our main complaints are as follow:
1) The sonographer asked us if we were interested in finding out the sex of our baby at our 12 week scan and told us what sex our baby was. We found out during our second scan that we are likely to be having the opposite sex.
We have 2 other children and had never been told the sex before the 20 week scan. I have read and been told that sexing too early can be difficult and uncertain. We are not fussed about the sex of our child, but are aware that other parents may find this quite upsetting, especially if they have a strong preference for one sex over the other. I believe that the sonographer should not be volunteering such information so early in the pregnancy to avoid disappointing or confusing other parents.
2) During our scan the sonographer spent very little time discussing the baby's development. They spent the most part discussing their social views and opinions. We didn't entirely mind this as we thought the sonographer was making conversation, but the result is that we walked away with little interpretation of what this person saw on the screens and virtually no information on the development of the foetus.
3) Our scan was carried out to assess the chances of genetic abnormalities (chances of trisomy) and the sonographer did not discuss the results with us. In the past I have at least had our final results presented to me. We had to stop the sonographer in the waiting room afterwards as we picked up our CD to ask them if everything was fine.
4) The sonographer failed to record the expected due date based on the length of our baby at 12 weeks. We had two uncertain due dates and the most accurate would have been the sonographer's calculations based on our baby's length at that scan.
When we returned for the 20 week scan the second sonographer had to go back into the images to find the baby's measurements and determine the date herself. We likely spent an extra 30 mins in the waiting room due to computer issues and I feel this would not have been necessary had the first sonographer been more thorough.
In short, I believe that the first sonographer can exhibit a greater degree of professionalism by not divulging information about the baby that they're not certain of, giving parents more information about the baby during the process and being a bit more thorough.
Thank you for taking the time to read my submission.