What are Prenatal Screening Tests?

Prenatal screening tests, conducted in pregnancy, help determine the chances of a baby having a genetic condition, such as Down Syndrome. These screening tests are usually done via blood samples or ultrasound early in pregnancy.

Examples of prenatal screening tests include:

  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)
  • First trimester combined screening (FTCS) with nuchal translucency ultrasound
  • Maternal serum screening

Increased risk results on these screening tests do not necessarily mean there is something wrong, but further discussions and testing should be considered.

Our staff provide supportive counselling and guidance through these challenging situations. We also organise further diagnostic genetic testing such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis and relevant specialist referrals, where applicable.

We can help you understand the advantages and limitations of the various screening tests available, and assist you to choose which tests to complete in your pregnancy.

Prenatal screening