Welcoming a new child to the family can be both an exciting and an overwhelming time. Although the majority of the nearly 4 million babies born in the United States each year are healthy, some are born with serious but treatable medical conditions. To help identify those conditions, newborn screening programs are in place in each state, enabling physicians to start lifesaving treatments promptly. Thanks to newborn screening, it’s estimated that each year 12,500 babies with serious but treatable conditions get the chance to grow up healthy.
We are incredibly lucky that newborn screening allowed our daughter’s condition to be quickly diagnosed and efficiently treated.
Where your child is born can have an enormous impact on whether they are screened for certain rare diseases.
The number of total conditions for which newborns are screened ranges from 31 to 65 or more. Unfortunately, this means where your child is born can have an enormous impact on whether they are screened for certain rare diseases. You can check this interactive map to see what your state screens for, and visit our website to learn how you can get involved and support a stronger public health system.
At Baby’s First Test, we’re committed to helping families learn about screening and connect people to opportunities to share their stories and improve newborn screening. Join us as we continue to advance the national dialogue to support a healthier start for babies nationwide – your voice is our driving force.
Natasha Bonhomme is chief strategy officer at Genetic Alliance and director at Baby’s First Test.