A Greeting to Parents

Dear Parent,

Congratulations! As you look to the future with your new baby, you will be happy to know that all babies born in Massachusetts benefit from a public health program called Newborn Screening. This program helps prevent treatable diseases. It started in 1962 in Massachusetts with screening for just one disease. Since that time, the number of treatable disorders in the program has increased and newborn screening has been adopted worldwide as a routine standard of care. Massachusetts is a leader in newborn screening. Massachusetts offers testing that includes all conditions recommended for newborn screening by the American College of Medical Genetics in the report Newborn Screening: Toward a Uniform Panel and System (Watson et al., Genetics in Medicine Vol 8 (5), 12S-252S, 2006). Some additional testing offered in Massachusetts is not generally available in other states.

Massachusetts also offers you some optional screening services. After your baby is born, you will be asked whether you want to take advantage of the optional services.

This web site is your guide to Newborn Screening. A summary is provided in What Parents Should Know,a summary for parents, and specific questions are answered in FAQ's. This web site has additional descriptions of both Routine and Optional screening by clicking on the links on the left.

We wish you and your baby the very best.

Sincerely,

The Staff of The New England Newborn Screening Program