Baby at risk of having sickle cell disease: description in brief

This leaflet can help healthcare professionals speak with parents at risk of having a baby with sickle cell disease.



This publication explains the risks for a fetus when both parents carry an unusual haemoglobin gene, at least one of which is sickle cell.

The leaflet includes information about:

  • what sickle cell disease is
  • the different conditions the baby might inherit
  • diagnostic testing for sickle cell
  • treatment options
  • having another baby
Published 1 January 2014
Last updated 17 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated version of leaflet.
  2. First published.