The SDCL conducts all prenatal screening for the province. Expectant mothers are tested for four biochemical markers. Along with other background information these markers may establish a risk to the fetus for several disorders.
Prenatal screening is done through a blood test available to all pregnant women in Saskatchewan as part of their prenatal care. Test results may indicate the chance of having a baby with uncommon conditions such as spinal defects (open neural tube defects) and some chromosome abnormalities (Down syndrome, trisomy 18).