Many expectant parents wonder whether their child will be healthy. Fortunately, the vast majority of children are born healthy. When you’re pregnant, prenatal tests give you information about your health and your baby’s. They can help detect any problems that could affect him, like birth defects or genetic diseases. The results can help you make the best health care decisions before and after your child is born. As a pregnant woman living in the Netherlands, you have the option of having your unborn baby tested on three congenital syndromes before birth. You can opt for tests that will tell you how much at risk you are of having a child with Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomy 18 (Edwards’ syndrome) and trisomy 13 (Patau’s syndrome).
During your first midwife consultation you will be informed about the details and possibilities of the Dutch first trimester screening program such as the combined test and NIPT test. After this, you decide whether or not you wish to participate in the screening programme. Participation is voluntary.