This year, Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) celebrates its 30th anniversary as a registered charity.
For three decades ARC has provided non-directive information and support to women and their families through prenatal testing and its consequences. Over these three decades there have been major developments in antenatal screening and diagnosis, from new screening algorithms and more sensitive genetic tests to better ways to visualise the fetus in utero.
What has not changed over ARC's lifetime is the psychological impact on women and couples who are told their baby has, or might have, a genetic or structural condition or is not developing as expected. The accompanying distress is also challenging for the health professionals caring for them.
ARC has always recognised that in order to help expectant parents cope with the inevitable anxiety, and to manage the painful decisions that may ensue from screening and diagnosis, professionals must be supported too. So from the outset, ARC has worked closely and collaboratively with those working in the field and established a well-evaluated programme of professional training.
This one-day conference will bring together world-renowned clinicians, academics and policy experts to explore the current scope and future potential of prenatal testing technologies. The programme includes focus on the impact recent and future developments in prenatal screening might have on expectant women and couples, and how we might best ensure they receive high quality individualised care after a diagnosis.
The day has something to offer all those working in or with an interest in this fast-moving and ethically-charged area of healthcare. Details and booking at www.arc-uk.org/for-professionals/training-and-events/2018-conference-for-health-professionals