NHS sickle cell and thalassaemia screening programme - your baby carries a gene for unusual haemoglobin : information for mums and dads

Series : Haemoglobin

Published : November 2016
Page Length : 16
Format : Booklet A5
Supplier : N/A
Publisher : National Screening Committee

Your baby has a blood test about a week after they are born. This is called the heel-prick test. The test is to check for rare conditions and is offered to all babies. Some babies are born with a gene for unusual haemoglobin. This leaflet gives you information about being a 'carrier' (having a gene for unusual haemoglobin) and what this means for your baby and for you and your family.