We hope this advice will help prepare you for discussions with your midwife or doctor so that you can ask the questions that are important to you.
It is your decision whether or not to have any of the tests described.
In this publication, we use the terms ‘woman’ and ‘women’ to refer to anyone able to become pregnant, including trans men. Trans men who are pregnant should be offered the same antenatal and newborn screening tests as other pregnant individuals.
Free printed copies of this leaflet are also provided for local screening providers to give to women who cannot access the internet. Screening services can view the full PDF of the printed leaflet and order printed copies on the APS online ordering portal (requires login).
Contact the screening helpdesk with any queries about this publication, making sure you include its full title.
Updating confidentiality section, replacing mention of Public Health England with NHS England.
Changed the wording in the blood spot chapter to clarify in what circumstances a parent or carer may be contacted by researchers. Added a link to the NHS newborn blood spot screening code of practice for residual spots.
Removed the non-NIPT version of the chapter for Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome.
Added an updated chapter (and translated versions) for Down's syndrome, Edwards' syndrome and Patau's syndrome in pregnancy.
Added subtitled animation videos to translated publications.
Added English animations to screening tests section and updated genetic inheritance information in sickle cell screening section.