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Genetic Services
Newborn Screening Follow-up Services

Newborn screening done for 28 genetic conditions is a simple blood spot test, ideally collected within 24 to 48 hours of birth. When one of these tests indicates an out-of-range value, a second specimen is tested. The Newborn Screening Follow-up Program (NBSF) is available to assist in gaining a confirmatory diagnosis or to confirm that the diagnostic test is negative and therefore normal. It also helps ensure that the newborn is receiving appropriate initial care for the diagnosis. The Follow-up Program is a valuable resource for primary care providers in Montana.

Contact Info/Request Info:
For more information about the Newborn Screening Follow-up Program provided by Shodair Children’s Hospital, call the Newborn Screening Follow-up Care Coordinator, Sara Wakefield, RN, MSN, MHA, toll-free at (800) 447-6614 or (406) 444-1099.

The second facet of the NBSF is assurance of a medical home for each patient with a diagnosis as a result of the NBS Program. A medical home, which may consist of patient and family, primary care provider, specialist, pediatric specialty clinic, nutritionist, social worker, nurse, and laboratory staff, is an approach for providing comprehensive primary health care. Together, these people promote a relationship in which family members and professionals work together to ensure the best services for the child and the family. A long term follow-up mechanism will be in place to determine that NBS system is accomplishing the intended goal of improving health outcomes for Montana’s children.

This project is funded (in part) under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements herein do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department.