Another difference is that NHS midwifes have fewer scans, fewer appointments and just do what is ‘absolutely necessary’ and with the doctor you will have more appointments, scans etc. It also depends on the hospital you are using, Chelsea and Westminster is probably one of the best in England, if not the best. So, something also to keep in mind.
At 20 weeks a pregnant woman is required to do an anomaly scan. I have done it privately at 16 and will do it again at 18 and possibly 20 weeks. Not sure it is necessary, but I guess sometimes it is better to be sure that your baby is healthy. NHS does it only once- at 20 weeks.
Anomaly scan takes a close look at your baby and your womb to check that your baby is developing normally, and look at where the placenta is lying. If there is a problem with your baby it will help the hospital team to know in advance, so they can make sure your baby has the right care as soon as they are born.
Here’s the list of conditions, and the percentage chance of your sonographer/doctor seeing each one, if your baby has it:
My doctor said that it is good to have several scans to make sure everything is ok, so we will do two more scans at later stages. I guess that is a private healthcare perk, so again if you are a mother that worries a lot or has a complex pregnancy, it would be beneficial for you. I myself think it is a good thing but am still doubtful if it is absolutely necessary in my case, but again this could be due to my disappointment with the private healthcare.