Health Professionals


Health care professionals are often the first and most trusted resources for information and answers about newborn screening. There are many different kinds of health care professionals who serve families in the pregnancy planning, pregnancy, and postpartum periods: obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs), nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, pediatricians, family physicians, and more. All can serve as resources for questions about newborn screening. This section provides up-to-date and relevant information on some of the most commonly asked issues surrounding newborn screening, so health care professionals can be prepared to answer questions from their patients and clients.

  • Prenatal Health Care Providers- Information tailored for prenatal providers on topics such as how to talk to expectant parents about newborn screening and what common questions parents have prior to screening
  • Pediatric Health Care Providers- Links to ACMG ACTion sheets for conditions included in newborn screening, confirmatory testing algorithms for positive screening results, and a checklist of basics to cover with parents whose baby has received a positive screening result
  • Dried Blood Spot Storage and Use- A review of common questions asked about dried blood spot storage and usage as well as links to state-specific information