Pregnancy information

If screening finds a problem

Most antenatal screening tests will not find anything, but there's a chance you'll be told your baby could be born with a condition.

If this happens to you, there's always support available.

Get as much information as you can

It can help to find out as much as you can about the condition your baby may have.

A specialist doctor (obstetrician) or midwife will explain what the screening results mean and talk to you about your options.

Your appointments

Your appointments should take place in a private and quiet space. But this can sometimes be difficult in a busy hospital.

You can bring your partner, a family member or friend with you.

It might help to write down any questions you have before you go. Ask the doctor or midwife to explain anything again if you need them to.


You could ask things like:

  • Can you explain what my baby may have?
  • What would that mean for my baby?
  • Will we need any special care or treatment before birth?
  • What would life be like for my baby if they have this condition?

Making a decision to continue with or end your pregnancy

This can be a very difficult decision. You may find you feel differently from one day to the next.

You do not have to make this decision on your own. Speak to your doctor, midwife, family and friends about your options.

You have time to think about your decision – whatever you decide, you'll have support.

Support is available

It can help to speak to:

  • your partner, family or friends
  • a midwife or specialist doctor
  • a local support group
  • charities that support families with your baby's condition
  • a counsellor

Charities you can contact

Further information

You can find out more information from:

Antenatal Screening Wales/ Sgrinio Cyn Geni Cymru | What Do Results Mean?

Last Updated: 05/07/2023 11:33:59
The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website