RCSI Women's Health


A natural question, asked by many pregnant women, is "How do I know that my baby is healthy" or is developing normally. All too often it can be difficult for women in Ireland, and their families, to access information about the various tests that confirm fetal health and that are widely available in many other countries. A simple internet search for advice can be difficult due to the overwhelming amount of information provided, and the inability to filter out irrelevant or inaccurate facts.

The objective of this website is to provide the following helpful information, with specific relevance to the Irish healthcare setting:

  • What is the chance that my baby is healthy, based on my age and medical background?
  • What tests are available for me to figure out if my baby is likely to be developing normally?
  • If I want to get more information on my baby's health, how do I choose between the various tests?

The information provided here has been developed by staff from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, based at the Rotunda Hospital, using established, non-directive prenatal counseling techniques. This information is intended to be for educational purposes only, to empower patients and their physicians regarding the available tests. It is important to realise however, that this information cannot replace a full discussion between a patient and her doctor, in which complete medical and genetic details can be reviewed.

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