Newborn Screening

Early screening and follow-up care – every baby, every time

Our provincial newborn screening programs identify certain conditions as early as possible to prevent health problems, improve health and development, and save lives. Newborn screening is the best way to find out if a baby has one of the screened conditions before symptoms appear. Finding these conditions early ensures babies and their families can access treatment, follow-up and support as soon as possible.

Screening is available, free of charge, province-wide.

Newborn Metabolic Screening (NMS) Program

Using a few drops of blood, babies are screened for 22 conditions.

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Program

Using a quick and pain-free test, babies are screened for permanent hearing loss.