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September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month!


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  • Iowa screens newborns for over 50 different conditions, hearing disorders and critical congenital heart disease shortly after birth.
  • 39,000 babies are screened every year in Iowa.
  • Each year, the Iowa Department of Public Health identifies approximately 135 newborns with an inherited condition that could potentially be life-threatening.
  • Screening of blood samples is done every day, around the clock at the University of Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny. Any abnormal results are reported to the baby’s health care provider and follow-up nursing staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to ensure the baby receives additional testing and has access to appropriate medical care.
  • Iowa has received recognition as a national leader in newborn screening.


  • Newborn screening is a public health service that screens nearly 4 million babies born in the United States each year.
  • Newborn screening has been around since 1963 and has been saving babies since!
  • There are three parts to newborn screening including a heel prick to collect a small blood sample, a pulse oximetry screening and a hearing screening.
  • Today, most states screen for at least 29 conditions within the first few days after birth. 
  • Ten states in the United States test for 50 or more conditions. 
  • Every year, more than 5,000 babies are born with one of the conditions on the newborn screening panel. 


Newborn screening saves babies lives each day!



For more information about the Iowa Newborn Screening Program please visit our website.

For more information regarding newborn screening in the United States please visit Baby's First Test.