by Emily Drake, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Newborn screening saves lives. In the first few days after birth, clinicians screen newborns for over 30 rare but serious diseases, most of which are easy to treat with diet changes or other treatment. This screening, along with early intervention, can save babies from death or disability. Your baby’s pediatrician works with the state health department to ensure that this screening is done. Many professional organizations including the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses support newborn screening.