minnesota newborn screening program
One Simple Test Can Make a Difference for your Child
The first few hours and days with your baby can be very exciting and full of activity. You are getting to know your new child. Family members may come to see your new little one and your health care providers are busy making sure your baby gets a healthy start. Hospital staff weigh, measure, and examine the baby to make sure he or she grew well and is healthy. Along with these routine checks, your baby will have a special test to look for hidden, rare disorders. This special test is called newborn screening, and it could save your baby’s life.
This website will give you more information on newborn screening, and what your baby’s results mean. We want to congratulate you on your new little arrival and are happy to be a part of caring for your baby!
Learn more about newborn screening, what your options are, and what MDH and others are doing to make a difference for your child.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to questions about newborn screening
- Information for Parents
Take a look at the materials for parents with information about newborn screening
- Laboratory Testing Basics for Parents
Information about the tests used to screen newborns for the disorders on the newborn screening panel.
- Understanding My Baby’s Results
Information on normal, borderline, and positive newborn screening results
- Disorder Information
Disorder descriptions and fact sheets on disorders screened for in Minnesota
- Parental Options
Your choices in newborn screening
Other websites with information on newborn screening