Newborn Screenings // Health + Wellness

September is Newborn Screening Month and we've found a few helpful links that we thought were important to highlight! 

Newborn screening identifies conditions that can affect a child’s long-term health or survival. Early detection, diagnosis, and intervention can prevent death or disability and enable children to reach their full potential. Each year, millions of babies in the U.S. are routinely screened, using a few drops of blood from the newborn’s heel, for certain genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders, and are also tested for hearing loss and critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) prior to discharge from a hospital or birthing center.
— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention // https://www.cdc.gov/newbornscreening/

+ It's important to look at your family history and see which genetic testing might need to be done, based on you and your partner's genetic makeup. Ideally, you would want to gather the family history prior to birth as it is helpful to have when you deliver. // Genetics and Family History

+ And second, based on which state you live - they often require different standardized testings and it is helpful to see a breakdown! // Conditions Screened by State

+ Finally, if you'd like more of a breakdown check out American Academy of Pediatrics (which is actually a resource for healthcare providers) but is full of information that will help you better understand the why and how's of newborn screenings.