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Amniocentesis (Consent Advice No. 6)

Published: 01/05/2006

This is the first edition of this guidance.

Please note: Although this document was produced before the Montgomery ruling, it remains appropriate for use as part of the process outlined on our main consent page. The form should be used to help record women’s understanding of the implications of the final agreed procedure.

This paper provides advice for clinicians in obtaining consent of women undergoing amniocentesis. It follows the structure of the Department of Health/Welsh Assembly Government Consent Form 3 and should be used in conjunction with RCOG Clinical Governance Advice No. 6: Obtaining Valid Consent.

The aim of this paper is to ensure that all patients choosing this particular procedure are given consistent and adequate information for valid consent. It is recognised that specific issues will assume different levels of significance from one patient to another, sometimes dependent on the particular clinical circumstances. However, clinicians should be prepared to discuss any or all of the following with the patient and to document in the record that the discussion has taken place.