Newborn Screening Information for Families:
Frequently Asked Questions
Hearing and pulse oximetry screening results are available as soon as screening is complete. We encourage parents to ask their birth provider or person performing the screen about their baby's results.
The blood spot screening process takes a few days. Once complete, all results are mailed to the hospital or out-of-hospital birth provider who collected the screen. If your baby has a positive or abnormal result, our staff will also contact your baby's doctor or clinic as soon as possible. Your baby's doctor will then contact you to discuss next steps. If the results show that your baby may have sickle cell trait, we will also mail you a letter directly that explains the result and what you should do next.
We encourage all parents to ask their baby's doctor about screening results at the first well-child visit.
Blood Spot Screening Questions
When blood spot screening is complete, a small amount of blood (less than a dime) is sometimes left over. This leftover blood will be stored at the Minnesota Department of Health to allow for any necessary follow-up testing, to help make sure screening is accurate, and to develop new newborn screening tests for Minnesota babies.
Leftover blood spots are NOT used for research unrelated to newborn screening and are not shared with any external partners or other government agencies without written consent from parents or legal guardians. For more information about how newborn blood spots may be stored and used in Minnesota, visit Parental Options for Families and Minnesota Statute 144.125.
Hearing Screening Questions
Pulse Oximetry Screening Questions
Yes. Pulse oximetry screening does not detect all cases of CCHD. It is important your baby receives regular checkups with a primary care provider and for you to watch your baby's H.E.A.R.T. for signs of CCHD:
Heart rate – beating too fast or too slow?
Energy – overly sleepy or agitated?
Appearance – pale or blue skin?
Respiration – breathing too fast or too slow?
Temperature – cold to the touch?