The Sonographer should establish at the start of the examination whether the patient wishes to know the sex of the baby. If the patient indicates that they do wish to know – verbal consent should be obtained and recorded on the ultrasound report.
The Sonographer should advise the patient that it is not always possible to determine the sex of the baby, that it is not always 100% accurate and that the examination will not be extended to determine this.
There are occasions where the woman may not want to know the sex of the baby but Obstetric and Neonatal Medical Staff require this information for future management. In these circumstances the gender should be recorded on the ultrasound report and clearly stated that the patient does not want to be informed of the gender.