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Birthing Facility Outreach

GNBS Birthing Facility Outreach Toolkit last revised 09/2019

This Toolkit is designed as a reference guide for all stakeholders involved in the newborn screening process with a variety of topics including: 

  • The Newborn Screening Program 
  • Indiana's Newborn Screening law
  • Indiana's Birth Defects and Problems Registry law
  • Best Practices
  • Newborn Screening lab information
  • Newborn Screening Results and Follow-up
  • Monthly Summary Reports
  • Birthing Facility Report Cards

Indiana has approximately 90 birthing facilities at which the majority of Indiana babies are born each year. Shortly after birth, each baby is screened by three different tests known as Newborn Screening (NBS): heel stick, pulse oximetry and hearing. Indiana’s NBS panel identifies 49 different conditions that otherwise would go undetected. If left undetected and untreated, these conditions result in severe developmental delay and infant death, further contributing to Indiana’s growing infant mortality rate. Early diagnosis and intervention is a key component in ensuring NBS is effective at combating our second leading cause of infant mortality. With that, early education and understanding of our program and NBS is important to all stakeholders to help prevent and reduce our infant mortality rate.

The ISDH chief nurse consultants are partnering with the Genomics and Newborn Screening (GNBS) program to implement statewide birthing facility outreach and education to all providers, nurses, lab staff, etc. that are located at these birthing facilities to help inform, refresh and update about the GNBS program, as well as how they take a large role in the screening process by ensuring they are educating families, obtaining and submitting quality NBS, and reporting accurately.

Other Birthing Faciliy Outreach Materials

This page was last edited on 11/06/2019