Newborn screening is one of the most successful public health initiatives in the United States. Nearly 4 million babies are born each year in the U.S. Every baby is tested for a list of diseases or conditions, based on each state’s panel of tests. These newborn screening tests enable early identification of conditions – which allows for the earliest possible intervention or treatment.
In other words, newborn screening improves and saves lives by providing the healthiest start. At Baebies, our focus on newborn screening helps carry out our mission.
Discover facts about Newborn Screening
- Newborn screening began in the U.S. over 55 years ago, starting in the 1960s with a test for PKU.
- Most states now screen for 29 out of 35 recommended newborn screening conditions.
- 1 in 300 newborns has a condition that is detectable through newborn screening.
- Less than 35% of all children born around the world receive screening for at least one condition.
“Maggie’s story is a really classic one for why we should do newborn screening.”
Two-year-old Maggie was diagnosed with MPS I, a progressively debilitating genetic disorder, just after her first birthday.
Her diagnostic odyssey could have been avoided with newborn screening.
To learn more about this family, read an interview with Maggie’s mom.
See the people behind Newborn Screening
The Faces of NBS
In honor of Newborn Screening Awareness Month, we are sharing a few of the faces behind the state newborn screening programs across the country.NBS Program Spotlights
Global NBS Expansion
As Baebies prepares to travel to the ISNS 2019 meeting, we reached out to Dr. Bradford Therrell for his view on the current status of global newborn screening. Interview with Dr. Therrell
Newborn Screening in Qatar
We spoke with Dr. Victor Skrinska, 2019 recipient of APHL’s “Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening” about NBS and what’s next.Interview with Dr. Skrinska