Even if your baby seems healthy, he or she needs to be tested for several rare disorders. These disorders can be treated if found early. This can mean preventing illness, physical and mental disabilities or even death.
Newborn screenings take place at The Mother Baby Center within 24 to 48 hours after your baby is born.
- Your nurse or health care provider will let you know when the screening will happen and answer any questions you may have.
- Then, a few drops of blood will be drawn from your baby's heel. The drops will be preserved on a special card and sent to the Minnesota Department of Health for testing.
- At the same time, a simple test to check your baby's hearing will be conducted by a staff member.
What happens to the test results?
If the results are negative (show that your baby does not have a disorder) the results will be sent to The Mother Baby Center and added to your baby's health records.
If your baby's screenings test positive or borderline, you may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment.
If your baby does not pass the hearing test, you may be referred to an audiologist or specialist in hearing loss for further testing.
Newborn screening and Minnesota law
In Minnesota, newborn screening is required by law, unless a parent objects in writing. For more about the Minnesota Newborn Screening Program, call 1-800-664-7772 or visit health.state.mn.us/newbornscreening.