Congenital abnormalities (sometimes called birth defects) are defined as any defect or abnormality at birth that may impact a child’s ability to function normally. Some congenital abnormalities can be detected during pregnancy however others are detected as a child grows.

Examples of congenital abnormalities include:
  • Down syndrome
  • Cleft lip
  • Spina bifida
  • Club foot
  • Heart defects

A very small percentage of babies are born with congenital abnormalities. During your pregnancy you may be offered a fetal anomaly or 20 week scan to closely exam how your baby is developing and offer you reassurance.

Many of our specialist consultants monitor and treat congenital abnormalities.