Pregnancy and newborn screening

This page provides information on routine screening tests offered during pregnancy and for newborn babies.

Screening tests offered during pregnancy

Your guide to screening tests during pregnancy has been developed to reflect updates to the screening programme and support pregnant women in deciding whether to be screened.

All resources are available in various languages and an easy read format.

Adult haemoglobinopathy carriers

The following leaflets have been developed for adult haemoglobinopathy carriers who are expecting a baby:

Information for adult haemoglobinopathy carriers: You are a sickle cell carrier (PDF)
Information for adult haemoglobinopathy carriers: You are a beta thalassaemia (PDF)

The following leaflets have been developed for parents who’s babies care found to be heamoglobiopathy carriers:

Information for mums and dads: Your baby carries a gene for sickle cell (PDF)
Information for mums and dads: Your baby carries a gene for unusual haemoglobin (PDF)

Screening tests offered for newborn babies

Your guide to newborn screening tests reflects updates to the screening programme and supports new mothers in deciding whether to take up the offer of screening for their baby.

Unusual haemoglobin

The following leaflets have been developed for parents who’s babies care found to be heamoglobiopathy carriers:

Information for mums and dads: Your baby carries a gene for sickle cell. 
Information for mums and dads: Your baby carries a gene for unusual haemoglobin.

Hearing Screening Leaflets

Your baby´s visit to the audiology clinic provides useful information if your baby has been referred to the audiology clinic for a further hearing test. This booklet explains why this test is needed and what is involved.

Your baby has a hearing loss answers some common questions and describes support available for parents and families of babies who have a hearing loss.

Updated 29 July 2014