For Families

Frequently Asked Questions about Newborn Bloodspot Screening

Find out the answers to the following questions and more. Why does my baby need newborn screening tests? How will my baby be tested? How will I get the results of the test?

Conditions Required or Otherwise Included in State Newborn Screening Programs

A comprehensive listing (in chart format) that shows the implementation status of the various conditions on the nationally Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP). The current RUSP includes 31 conditions.  Other conditions may be required by some states and these are also included. Readers should be sure to understand which conditions are required by state law or rule and those that may not be required but may be included as a result of the technology being used.  Notes at the top of the table explain the symbols used in the tables.

State Newborn Screening Program Contacts

A PDF file containing contact information for the laboratory and follow-up coordinators in each state's and territory's newborn screening program.

Hearing Screening

Hearing screening resources, state screening programs, legislation, organizations, and parent education links.

Disorder Fact Sheets

Disorder Fact Sheets for parents provided by the Screening, Technology And Research in Genetics (STAR-G) Project.

Additional Testing

List of screening laboratories that may charge a fee for additional screening not offered in some screening programs.

Genetics Information

Links to genetics counseling, family forums, and fact sheets on genetics.

Support and Advocacy Groups. Links to support groups for newborn screening disorders, other genetics disorders, and birth defects.