Office of Newborn Screening
Information for Parents
Are you a new parent or grandparent or expecting a baby soon? If so, learn the basics of newborn screening by visiting the CDC, Baby's First Test, or the March of Dimes and talk with your doctor about the disorders tested in Arizona.
Some babies affected with CCHD can look and act healthy at first, but within hours or days after birth they can have serious complications. Pulse oximetry newborn screening is a non-invasive test measuring how much oxygen is in the blood. It can help to identify babies that may be affected with CCHD before they leave the newborn nursery. If detected early, CCHD can often be treated successfully. Read our CCHD Implementation Timeline and a statement from the Assistant Bureau Chief Ward Jacox.
The Newborn Screening Story: How One Simple Test Changed Lives, Science and Health in America, published by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), covers the origins, science, importance and future of Newborn Screening.
With the right information, you can provide the best start for your baby's health. Did you know that over 90,000 babies are born in Arizona each year? Most of them are healthy but some have a rare and serious disease or hearing loss. Testing and early detection of these disorders is important for all babies. Early treatment can prevent or minimize serious symptoms like growth problems, brain damage and even death. Check out our flyer for an overview of the program in English and Spanish.
Be prepared in the event of an emergency.