New discussion aid for health practitioners: Four screening checks for pregnant women and newborns

The new resource will assist health professionals to explain and discuss screening checks so women and whānau can make decisions that are right for them and their baby.
The new resource will assist health professionals to explain and discuss screening checks so women and whānau can make decisions that are right for them and their baby.
This pictorial aid is designed to facilitate discussions about antenatal and newborn screening between maternity service providers, pregnant women and their family/whānau.

The resource uses images to help explain key screening concepts such as risk, as well as outlining the screening pathway. This enables women (particularly those who have low literacy and/or difficulties understanding English, hearing impairment or intellectual disability) to better understand what screening entails. It will also enable women to make an informed decision for themselves and their baby about whether to participate in screening.

The need for this visual aid was identified by health practitioners and is available to download from the NSU website.

Hard copies can also be ordered by emailing customerservice@moh.govt.nz and quoting reference HP6191.

The College of Midwives is giving midwives involved in their upcoming workshops on navigating screening a copy of the new resource. This will enable ongoing evaluation of the usefulness of the resource as midwives use it in practice.

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Page last updated: 15 May 2017