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We record and share families’ stories about their own, personal experience of being impacted by newborn screening. Through the power of storytelling, we seek to inspire hope and build community through shared experiences. This product is a collection of 2-5 minute clips of two individuals who know each other sharing about life after a newborn screening diagnosis. We record a 40-minute interview and edit it down to a shortened clip to share on our website, social media platforms, and the community.  

Featured MinneStory™

Kinda a Nice Vegetarian Diet

Becca and Joe

Blood spot screening | 4:48

Recorded on October 15, 2018

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Kinda a Nice Vegetarian Diet Audio Text (PDF)

Joe and Becca talk with each other about their non-identical twins, Sam and Grace, who both have PKU. The twins share what living with PKU is like for them and Joe shares his approach and advice when talking with newly diagnosed families.

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Rae and Dr. Nelson

MinneStories™ highlights the impact of newborn screening and the resilience of families sharing their experiences. Click below to hear our families share their personal MinneStory™ with conditions identified through newborn screening:

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If you would like to share your newborn screening MinneStory™ with us, please fill out our submission form. We look forward to hearing from you!

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If you're interested in sharing materials with families, please feel free to print one or both of the PDFs below. Or, you can order the materials (for free!) through our Orderable Materials Form.

  • Listen to MinneStories™ - this material is for families who are going through the process of diagnosis and beginning the journey of seeking out support and resources.
  • Share Your MinneStory™ - this material is for families who are farther along in their journey and in a position to share their own MinneStory™ with others to help cultivate community for others.

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Do you have a question about MinneStories™? Please feel free to email us with your questions and we will be happy to help!

Press & Media

MinneStories™: Stories of Minnesota's Newborn Screening Program | StoryCorps

Everybody's a Storyteller | University of Minnesota Alumni Magazine

IPR Teams Up with Minnesota Department of Health for MinneStories™ Series | IPR College of Creative Arts


We wish to extend our thanks to the families who have shared their MinneStory™ with us about the impact of newborn screening. We would like to thank StoryCorps Legacy who inspired this project and trained us. It would not be possible without the hard work & continued efforts of the students of The Institute of Production and Recording and Sudden Media who help us to produce the content that you listen to. Finally, we would like to thank our listeners for creating greater awareness about public health by sharing these MinneStories™.