Testing for Down's syndrome in Pregnancy
"Screening tests for you and your baby"
- booklet produced by the UK National Screening Committee (NSC)
This is an NHS publication produced by NSC. It combines information leaflets from five antenatal and newborn screening programmes and replaces the separate booklet 'Testing for Down's syndrome in pregnancy'.
DSMIG has been involved with this initiative from the start and has made considerable input into the section on screening for Down's syndrome. This section describes features of the syndrome and the wide
range of screening and diagnostic tests which may be offered in pregnancy
but which vary in different geographical areas, the difference between
screening and diagnostic tests and how long test results may take to come
through. There is also much helpful information about understanding the
test results and possible courses of action.
The other screening programmes covered in the booklet are: sickle cell and thalassaemia, infections in pregnancy, hearing tests, and newborn blood spot screening.
Where to Get the Booklet
The intention is that a copy should be made available free of charge to all pregnant mothers from March 2007. It should be widely available from GP surgeries, antenatal clinics etc... It can also be downloaded in PDF format from the Antenatal and Newborn publications page on the NHS Screening website from www.screening.nhs.uk/annbpublications. The site also has information on how to place bulk orders for your unit.
The section on Down's syndrome is also available on its own in PDF format in both English and the following languages from www.screening.nhs.uk/languages:
Last updated March 2009.