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Prenatal care and testing

For pregnant woman, known to be at risk of having a pregnancy affected by a genetic disorder, please make an urgent referral to Clinical Genetics via e-mail  or contact the Clinical Genetics consultant or genetic counsellor on call (02895048022 or via Belfast Trust switchboard).

Clinical genetics may be involved in the care of couples who are at risk of having a pregnancy affected with a known genetic disorder in the family, or where differences have been detected during the pregnancy (e.g. on ultrasound) that suggest a possible underlying genetic diagnosis.

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) are a national charity “helping parents and healthcare professionals through antenatal screening and its consequences”. They aim to offer “impartial information and support to expectant parents facing decisions about antenatal tests and results” and to “provide independent, accurate, unbiased information so that parents can take the decisions that are right for them”.  They also aim to provide emotional support and signposting to other relevant organisations.

Further information on their remit and contact information can be found on the ARC website.