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Spina bifida: information for parents

Information for pregnant women whose baby may have spina bifida, including treatment options.


Spina bifida: information for parents

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This leaflet explains spina bifida, a condition screened for by the NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme.

Information in the leaflet includes:

  • what spina bifida is, and how common it is
  • how the condition is diagnosed and confirmed
  • what treatment is available
  • what the outlook for the baby is
  • what happens next
  • how likely it is to happen in future pregnancies
Published 18 February 2019