How would you feel about a test that could save your baby? Let me introduce you to Kristine. Kristine lost her baby, Cora, to one of the conditions that’s normally included in a newborn screening — a very important part of Baby’s First Test. Cora died suddenly and unexpectedly when she was just five days old. Cora passed away from the number one birth defect: Congenital Heart Disease. Early detection could have saved her life.
Kristine now runs an independent organization, Cora’s Story, and has already changed lives with her fight for pulse oximetry (a test that monitors the amount of oxygen in the blood’s hemoglobin) after 24 hours of life in every state. She truly believes that mandatory newborn screenings like pulse oximentry in the hospital can truly save lives, and I am right there with her. It’s a simple and cheap test that saves babies every day.
Read on to get all the details, and flip through a slideshow of facts.
From the Baby’s First Test website:
Newborn screening is performed soon after the birth of your baby, and in most cases, while you are still in the hospital. Each year, over 5,000 babies are born with one of the conditions included in state newborn screening panels. Most of these infants appear perfectly healthy at birth and come from families with no history of the disorder. The types of newborn screenings include: a heel prick (blood sample, newborn hearing screening, and heart screen (pulse ox). Not every state screens for the same conditions. Make sure you check out what your state offers on the Baby’s First Test Website.
So what exactly is Baby’s First Test? It’s the “nation’s newborn screening education center for families and providers.” The amazing site provides endless information and resources about screening at your local, state and national levels and serves as an advocate for early medical testing after birth.
Chances are, your newborn won’t test positive, but if she does, you’ll be glad you know where to turn for more information. If your newborn tests a false positive, you’ll be comforted knowing you’ve read over the information about screening. You’ll know to ask your doctor about screening and be prepared for when and how the tests are performed.
This is the great thing about Baby’s First Test–you have a great support system of resources.
But here is something you can do right now — get involved! Blog about Baby’s First Test, visit the site, or tell all of your pregnant friends about the many resources at Baby’s First Test and how it can save lives. A simple prick of the heel can save your baby’s life.
I am proud to be a Blogger Ambassador for Baby’s First Test and happy to spread the word on saving babies’ lives!
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