Newborn Screening: Family Stories
Soon after birth, all babies born in the United States are checked for certain medical conditions. This is called newborn screening. Finding and treating these conditions at an early age can prevent serious problems, such as brain damage, organ damage, and even death. Newborn screening includes a blood test, hearing screening, and, in some hospitals, screening for certain heart defects.

In this album, families with children affected by newborn screening disorders tell their stories. Several of the stories are from families affected by severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which is one of the newest conditions added to newborn screening. These families want to share their experiences to help us understand what it’s like to have a child with a newborn screening condition and how these conditions have affected their lives. CDC would like to thank the families for sharing their stories and the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation for collecting the stories.

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