Antenatal and Newborn Screening

Having a baby is an exciting time. Whether you are a first time mother or adding to your family, your experience is personal and unique.

During your first booking appointment your community midwife will discuss and offer you a range of screening tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans. These are designed to check your health and your baby’s health and development.

Choosing whether or not to have these screening tests is an important decision. You do not have to have any tests offered, however to enable you to make a decision it is important that you understand the information given and the purpose of the tests.

Some of the screening tests offered can only be performed in early pregnancy, so it is important that you contact maternity services as soon as you have confirmed your pregnancy to ensure you can be offered all available screening tests.

Further information on Antenatal and Newborn screening can be found in the NHS Screening Programmes booklet Screening Tests for You and Your Baby.

It is also available to download in the following languages via the same link:
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Urdu.

If you need more information…

  • You can speak to your Community Midwife at your booking appointment.
  • Our Antenatal and Newborn Screening Coordinator can be contacted on 01482 382737.
  • The Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) national charity offers non directive information and support to parents going through antenatal screening and testing. Their helpline number is 020 7631 0285.

To book in for your pregnancy…