If you are pregnant, find out about newborn screening before your baby is born.
Find out which tests your hospital offers.
Talk with your doctor or midwife about newborn screening. Find out which screening tests are offered at the hospital where your baby will be born.
If your baby isn’t born at a hospital, he still needs to get screened. Take your baby to a hospital or clinic to get checked within a few days of his birth.
What about cost?
Some newborn screening tests are covered under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get your baby screened at no cost to you.
Check with your insurance provider to find out what’s included in your plan. For information about other services for children that are covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.
If you don’t have insurance, you can still get medical care for yourself and your baby. The toll-free telephone numbers below will connect you to the health department in your area code. Ask them about free care.
- For information in English, call 1-800-311-BABY (1-800-311-2229).
- For information in Spanish, call 1-800-504-7081.
Ask your doctor when you will get the test results. Some tests may need to be repeated after 1 or 2 weeks, especially if you leave the hospital before your baby is 24 hours old. Make a plan with your doctor.
Schedule well-baby checkups.
Most babies have their first checkup within the first few days of birth. A well-baby visit is when you take your baby to the doctor for a full checkup, separate from any other visit for sickness or injury.
Well-baby visits are an important part of keeping your child healthy.
Start building your child’s health record now.
Keep track of your baby’s test results and shots. Keep medical information in a safe place – you will need it for child care, school, and other activities.
Your family’s health history is an important part of your baby’s health record. Use this family health history tool to keep track of your family’s health. Keep a copy with your baby’s other health information.