Committee Opinion No. 481: Newborn screening

Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar;117(3):762-765. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31821478a0.


Newborn screening programs are mandatory, state-based public health programs. They provide newborns in the United States with presymptomatic testing and necessary follow-up care for a variety of medical conditions for which early intervention will improve neonatal and long-term health outcomes for the individual. Although current state requirements vary, the results of surveys and focus groups of expectant parents demonstrate that women and their families would like to receive information about newborn screening during their prenatal care. The Committee on Genetics recommends that obstetric care providers make resources regarding newborn screening available to patients through informational brochures, electronic sources, or through discussion during prenatal visits.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn*
  • Informed Consent
  • Neonatal Screening*
  • Obstetrics / standards
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Physician's Role