Newborn Screening

Are you or someone you know expecting?  You can ensure your baby has the best chance at a healthy start to life through Supplemental NBS.

States vary in the diseases they screen for at birth, and no state includes all possible diseases in its NBS Program.

To find out what diseases your state screens for, visit – Baby’s First Test.

Through Supplemental NBS, your child can be screened for all possible diseases no matter where they are born!

PerkinElmer Genetics, Inc. provides the following Supplemental NBS Packets to Hunter’s Hope at a significantly reduced cost, which we pass on to you:

Click Here to Order a Supplemental NBS Packet

What to Expect

Once you receive your packet, review the enclosed instructions carefully and discuss your plan to use a Supplemental Newborn Screening Packet with your physician and your baby’s pediatrician prior to your delivery. It may be helpful to let your pediatrician’s office know to expect a fax with your baby’s SNBS results.

Take your SNBS packet with you to the hospital at the time of delivery and let your nurse know you want to be present when your baby’s newborn screening is done.

With one heel prick, a healthcare professional can take a small sample of blood and place it on the absorbent filter paper located in the packet, while also taking a similar sample for the state’s newborn screening test.

After the sample is collected, you or another family member will ship the packet back to PerkinElmer using the provided envelope.  The results are faxed directly to your baby’s pediatrician.

Make sure to ask your pediatrician about the state and supplemental newborn screening results at your baby’s two-week check up.

Hunter’s Hope remains committed to advocating for every state to screen for all treatable diseases; but in the meantime, you can ensure your newborn is screened for over 60 diseases through Supplemental Newborn Screening.

If you are located outside of the U.S and are interested in Supplemental Newborn Screening, please contact us at unbs@huntershope.org.