Newborn Blood Spot Screening
Newborn Hearing Screening
Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening
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Newborn screening refers to screenings performed on newborns shortly after birth to protect them from the serious effects of disorders that otherwise may not be detected for several days, months, or even years. Missouri law requires all babies born in the state to be screened for over 70 different disorders. While most of these disorders are screened by collecting a small amount of blood from the newborn's heel, there are also two point of care screenings included in Missouri's Newborn Screening Program. These include newborn hearing screening and critical congenital heart disease screening. The goal of the Newborn Screening Program is to prevent serious health problems through early screening.

Learn more about newborn screening!

We have partnered with Navigate Newborn Screening to help families learn more about newborn screening and develop leadership skills with a free online learning module. This learning module will teach you more about the newborn screening system and will help you develop skills and confidence to support your personal leadership journey.

How does it work?

To access the online module, click on one of the links below.  You will be taken to an enrollment page where you will be asked to enroll. Once you have enrolled, you can access all Navigate Newborn Screening courses. The module includes 5 base courses and 2 optional learning courses. Most courses take 5 minutes or less and can be easily viewed from your computer or phone.