Baby at risk of having thalassaemia: description in brief

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


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

The leaflet includes information about:

  • what thalassaemia is
  • the different conditions the baby might inherit
  • diagnostic testing for thalassaemia
  • treatment options
  • having another baby