The key reason for offering newborn screening for sickle cell disease is because babies with sickle cell disease are vulnerable to serious infections.
By identifying babies early in life , they can be prescribed penicillin and be referred for specialist care, so that they stay healthy.
If your partner does not have sickle cell trait, then any children you have will not have sickle cell disorder, but they could have the trait (50% chance).
If you and your partner both have the trait, there is a 25% chance that any child conceived may have sickle cell disorder and 50% chance they will have the trait.
In some parts of the country there are also local sickle cell centres that can arrange a blood test for you.