Babies born in Alberta are tested for certain treatable conditions shortly after birth. This test is different from those done during pregnancy. Using a quick heel poke, drops of blood are collected on a special card and tested for 22 treatable conditions.
This test, called newborn blood spot screening, is the best way to find out if your baby has a certain treatable condition that you, your doctor, or your midwife might not know about.
Screening is safe, quick and will be offered to you soon after your baby’s birth before you are discharged.
Screening is provided by Alberta Health Services (AHS) through Alberta’s Newborn Metabolic Screening (NMS) Program.
Alberta’s NMS Program is a province-wide screening program offered to all babies born in Alberta by AHS.
The program works to prevent health problems, improve newborn health and save lives of Alberta newborns through early diagnosis and treatment of certain conditions, including:
For more information about the treatable conditions, view What conditions are screened for?
Visit the NMS Program’s service listing to learn more about the program and to find out where screening is available.