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Understanding Newborn Screening

Newborn screening is a vital and proven public health program that screens approximately four million U.S. newborns each year. In the first 24 to 48 hours of a baby’s life, a small blood sample is taken to detect serious, often fatal, genetic conditions that can be treated if diagnosed early. We believe equitable access to newborn screening can ensure that all babies have the best chance for a healthy life. Join us in working towards a modern newborn screening system that provides equal access to a timely diagnosis for all babies.

Learn more in this educational resource.