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Participant Information

We are inviting two groups of women to participate in our study. Mothers of babies diagnosed with CHD (Cases) and mothers of babies that do not have CHD (Controls)

Cases are being recruited through the Paediatric Cardiology Department of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

We are inviting all women who have had a baby born during 2013-2016 that was diagnosed with a heart defect before they were six months old (and are still aged less than six months old at the time of taking part) And all woman  due to have a baby during 2013 and 2016 that has been diagnosed with a CHD. For more information please read our information leaflet.

If you have not been invited to take part but think you could be eligible please contact Dr Nichola McCullough for more information.

Controls are being recruited through the Antenatal Maternity Care Services in all five Health Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.

Throughout 2014-2016 all women attending for an anomaly scan during a specific month will be invited to take part in the study. Eligible women will be given information about the study by a member of their midwifery team early in pregnancy. For more information on taking part in the study please read our information leaflet.

To see if you are eligible to take part in the control group please see our timetable for recruitment in each location.