Antenatal and newborn screening programmes and immunisations

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The antenatal and newborn screening programmes should be seen as an integrated programme.

It is important that the woman’s journey through her pregnancy, birth and immediate postnatal period is regarded as a single, integrated journey and that information about mother, father and child is also integrated. 

The screening timeline emphasises the integrated and linked nature of the screening tests offers to women and should be seen in this context. Pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes should receive screening more frequently in pregnancy due to the increased risk of developing retinopathy. 

Antenatal and newborn screening timeline - optimum times for testing PDF, 684.2 KB

Women and their families should understand the purpose of all tests before they are taken.

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