Newborn Screening

Newborn Screening is a public health program to find babies with rare but serious disorders that require early treatment to prevent disability or death. The Michigan Newborn Screening Program tests for more than 50 medical conditions. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services works with hospitals and midwives to make sure babies are screened and assure that children with a disorder receive proper treatment. Each year, more than 250 Michigan babies are found and treated through newborn screening. For in-depth information on the Michigan Newborn Screening Program, view the resources below.

Highlighted Resources

1965-2015: Michigan Newborn Screening: A Public Health Success Story

Reflecting on 50 years of Michigan's Newborn Screening Program.

Michigan Newborn Screening Brochure

This MDCH brochure on the Newborn Screening Program explains the screening process, why it is done and what happens if it suggests a potential health problem.

Michigan Newborn Screening Program

This public health program, required by Michigan Law, helps find babies with rare but serious medical conditions that require early treatment.

Newborn Screening Online Training Course

The Newborn Screening Online Training Course is designed to help you better understand and carry out your role with the newborn screening program in your hospital. It is designed to be helpful for anyone a part of the newborn screening process including clerical staff, phlebotomy/laboratory staff, nurses, physicians, midwives and mailroom staff.

Newborn Screening Orders

The Newborn Screening Online (NBSO) order placement website provides access for ordering bloodspot screening cards as well as educational print materials and other resources for newborn screening including Michigan BioTrust for Health, hearing screening, and pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart disease.

Additional Resources

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots - Michigan BioTrust For Health Consent Brochure (Arabic)

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots audio recording

An audio recording of a helpful brochure on the BioTrust from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services containing facts about parents consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening: Michigan BioTrust for Health brochure

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

Birth Defects and Genetic Conditions Resources

This virtual version of the Birth Defects Toolkit provides links to Michigan resources for families and professionals that may be helpful in caring for children with birth defects and a variety of genetic conditions.

Birth Defects Prevention Month Archive

The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) provides resource materials for use during Birth Defects Prevention Month that is celebrated each January. This archive is a collection of past Michigan and National resources from past Birth Defects Prevention months. The focus is to promote preconception health and for all women of childbearing age to have optimal health before conception.

Birth Defects Prevention Month Highlight

The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) provides resource materials for use during Birth Defects Prevention Month that is celebrated each January. This website provides helpful information about birth defects prevention through pamphlets, fact sheets and online resources for families, providers, policy makers and anyone determined to prevent birth defects.

Children's Hospital of Michigan Metabolic Clinic

The Metabolic Clinic provides lifelong follow-up and treatment for individuals diagnosed with inborn errors of metabolism through newborn screening.

Critical Congenital Heart Disease Newborn Screening Program

Working together with the Michigan Newborn Screening Program, MDHHS is implementing a demonstration program to assess the feasibility of screening all Michigan newborns for critical congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry prior to hospital discharge.

Laboratory Services Guide

This manual from the Bureau of Laboratories at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services was designed to assist in the proper collection and submission of specimens for genetic testing and the interpretation of results.

Michigan BioTrust for Health

The Michigan BioTrust for Health is an initiative to make leftover newborn screening samples more useful and available for medical or public health research. Explore the website for more information targeted towards new parents, health professionals, available consent options and dried blood spot research.

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