Introduction

Genetic and genomic testing are fundamental to midwifery practice. Genomics is now included in the NMC standards of proficiency for midwives and with rapid advances being made in the field all the time it’s important that all midwives are confident to talk about genomics and understand its relevance before, during and after pregnancy.

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Thanks to members of our nursing and midwifery round table, the education team at the Royal College of Midwives, Donna Kirwan and Laura-Rose Thorogood for their input to this resource.

What is genomics?

As midwives, the term ‘genomics’ might seem unfamiliar, but in reality it’s a key part of our practice.

Like genetics, genomics also looks at DNA, but improved technology means we can now read all of the information in a person’s or organism’s DNA at once. New tests emerge and new discoveries are made all the time, and these are helping us build a clearer picture of health and disease.

To learn more about genomics, you might like to explore our Bitesize genomics collection.

What is NIPD?

Read more about non-invasive prenatal diagnosis in our blog.


Learning opportunities


Teaching aids


Clinical resources

Identifying patients

Having a family history in a common condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, can be an important risk factor. For rare, inherited conditions, a genetic family tree can help to inform testing, surveillance, treatment and management strategies.

Activity: Taking and drawing a genetic family history

Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to construct a genetic pedigree.

Activity: Recognising the clinical clues of a genetic condition

Familiarise yourself with the clinical features of a range of genetic conditions

Communicating with patients

With genomics increasingly being used in routine NHS care, along with the rise of direct-to-consumer testing, health professionals are more likely than ever to be talking to their patients about genomics.

Activity: Returning genomic test results to patients

There are a range of factors to consider when returning genomic results to patients, based on whether there is a confirmed diagnosis, an uncertain result or a negative result.


Latest updates

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NHS launches new polygenic scores trial for heart disease

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Last updated on 6th October, 2020