Newborn Screening

Following delivery, we will do a number of things for your newbornall in the comfort of your birthing suite when practical. During this time, we will screen for several conditions to ensure that your baby is healthy and to discuss further medical evaluations if needed.

Newborn screenings:

  • Newborn metabolic disorders – Washington state mandates screenings for metabolic disorders on all babies. Once your baby is 24 hours old, a small amount of blood will be taken from his or her heel, and sent to the state lab to be screened for multiple rare metabolic disorders. Your baby’s provider will be notified of any abnormal results.

  • Hearing - This noninvasive test for the early detection of hearing loss takes only a few minutes, and the results are immediately available. If your baby does not pass, a referral will be made for further screening.

  • Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) – A pulse oximetry screening measures oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in the blood to determine your baby’s risk for cardiac defects. A pulse oximeter (a small flexible band with a light attached) will be placed on your baby’s hand and foot. If the screening shows your baby to be at risk, your baby’s provider will be notified and a pediatric cardiologist will provide further evaluation.

  • Jaundice – Jaundice is caused by a high level of bilirubin in your baby’s body, resulting in a yellow appearance to the skin. A monitor will be placed on your baby’s forehead several times to get a reading. If the reading is high, your baby may be monitored further or placed under phototherapy lights.

  • Blood sugar – If your baby is at risk or shows signs of low blood sugar, we will take a drop of blood to test his or her blood sugar level.

Will it hurt?
We offer TootSweet™, which studies show increases comfort for babies in distress or during painful procedures.

Download our Newborn Care Following Delivery brochure for more information about Harrison newborn assessments, medications, and screenings.