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Prenatal screening

8-12 weeks

Prenatal screening
Under the previous header on the timeline (First Appointment) you will have read some information on how to prepare for your intake with the midwife and discuss prenatal screening. Click here to go back to this information.

You can have your unborn child tested for a number of abnormalities. These tests are known as prenatal screening.

There are two different ways of prenatal screening: testing for Down-, Edwards- and Patau’s syndrome, and the 20 week ultrasound. These screening tests are optional, it is your decision to have these done or not. There is a separate header in the timeline about the 20 week ultrasound. Click here for this information.

Do's for dads

This information is important to you both. Please read carefully.

Testing for Down-, Edwards-, and Patau’s syndrome

As a pregnant woman in the Netherlands you have the option of having your baby tested for the likelihood of Down-, Edwards- of Patau’s syndrome. This screening is done with the NIPT or combination test. These tests are done between 11-14 weeks of pregnancy. If you are interested, more information can be requested during your appointments at the practice.

For more information about screening, see here and here. Complete (if possible) the questionnaire (Dutch) on this website. Also please read information about secondary findings in this leaflet

The cost of these tests is not fully covered by your standard health insurance. Cost for either NIPT or the combination test is approx. €175.


Locations for NIPT blood tests are:

  • Saltro Location Werradreef, Werradreef 2, 3562 CW Utrecht:

Mon to Fri 7:00 – 18:00

  • Saltro Location Bosboomstraat/Gezondheidshuis, Bosboomstraat 1G, Utrecht:

Mon to Fri 7:00 – 17:00

An appointment is not necessary, simply arrive at reception and take a number. Please bring your NIPT application form, proof of payment (will be sent to you once you have paid) and the lab form provided by your midwife.


NIPT results take (approx.) 10 weekdays and we will receive those automatically. If everything is fine, we will email you. But when an abnormality has been detected, you will receive a phone call from either the practice or the hospital clinical genetics department. You will be offered an appointment at the hospital as soon as possible to receive further information and discuss options.


Prenatal screening is a personal choice and can have serious consequences. You should both think carefully about what you would choose to do next if a positive result is received. We will discuss this further with you during the counselling appointment. It is important that you are able to make an informed decision.  

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