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Antenatal screening for congenital anomalies


A congenital anomaly is a physiological defect, which occurs as the fetus develops in utero (World Health Organization (WHO) 2015). Antenatal screening aims to identify anomalies prior to birth; this has implications for the fetus, parents and midwives.

This resource aims to provide a base of information which midwives can use to inform their learning, along with assessment questions, in order to provide a good standard of care for parents and support them with results and the choices that may arise as a result of screening.

Learning objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The role of antenatal screening in the detection of antenatal anomalies
  • The consequences of detection for the woman, the family and the health service
  • The role of the midwife in discussing results and counselling
  • Standards for screening, referral and diagnosis in the UK


Antenatal screening, congenital, anomalies, abnormalities, Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP)

The Practising Midwide featured article

Antenatal screening: congenital anomalies

Read the article by Maria Birt (December 2015). Complete the eLearning module and assessment to gain a certificate for your portfolio, ready for revalidation and proof of CPD