Prenatal Diagnosis

What, Where and When

This is a test that can be done on the baby before it is born to see whether it is affected by a particular disease or not. If it is affected, the couple may decide to terminate the pregnancy and try again for an unaffected child or may choose to continue with the pregnancy and prepare their minds for its birth. If the baby is not affected, then the pregnancy can continue normally.

Remember that, for most couples at risk for sickle cell anaemia (e.g. AS x AS) there is a 3 out of 4 chance of a healthy child in each pregnancy continue normally after the test. continue reading →