Baby’s First Test

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What is Baby’s First Test?

Baby’s First Test is the nation’s newborn screening education center for families and providers. This site provides information and resources about screening at the local, state, and national levels and serves as the Clearinghouse for newborn screening information. This is an objective resource dedicated to educating parents, health professionals, and the public about the newborn screening system. This site also provides many ways for people to connect and share their viewpoints and questions about newborn screening.

What we do


By establishing a collection of educational information in a single place, is a one-stop shop that:
  •    Increases awareness and understanding of newborn screening for expectant and new parents, health professionals, industry representatives, and the public;
  •    Connects state and regional public health groups;
  •    Facilitates data and resource sharing; and
  •    Responds to emerging technologies and corresponding public health challenges.
On you can find:
  •    Basic facts about newborn screening and what to expect from the newborn screening   process;
  •    State-specific newborn screening program information for parents and health professionals, including conditions on state panels, state program contacts, and support resources;
  •    Condition-specific information, including causes, treatment, and family experiences;
  •    Social media features, such as micro-blogging through Twitter and videos; and
  •    An interactive blog that provides an open space for users to learn from one another and explore opportunities in education and policy.
How is Baby’s First Test Run?

Baby’s First Test is funded through a cooperative agreement from the Genetic Services Branch of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration to Genetic Alliance, a 25-year old non-profit organization that seeks to improve health through the authentic engagement of communities and individuals. This project is staffed by Genetic Alliance and managesworking groups and advisory committees that are representative of the newborn screening and maternal and child health community, and Genetic Alliance contracted with Blenderbox to develop the site.

Where do you get your information?

The information on this site is from a range of credible and trusted sources including health agencies, advocacy organizations, public health programs and more. Many pages have a resource list at the bottom if you want more information.

How often is the site reviewed?

The site is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. Minor edits and updates take place daily while a more extensive, evaluative review of the site happens every other month. If you would like to bring something to our attention please fill out this form. We are always looking for feedback and new information.

Learn more about Baby’s First Test.