A newborn screening is a medical test that your doctor will use to check for diseases and health problems in your baby. The state of Tennessee’s public health program requires doctors to do these tests to look for illnesses that, if not treated, could cause your baby to get sick, have developmental delays or even die.
What to Expect From Your Newborn Screening
Soon after your baby is born, your doctor will do a series of tests, which follow the Tennessee Newborn Screening Program requirements. These will include:
- Newborn genetic/metabolic testing
- Congenital heart disease screening
- Hearing screening
While you’re in the hospital, your nurse will give you a pamphlet with more information called Your Baby and Newborn Screening.
Although it’s not usual, if your baby needs further diagnostic testing, we can provide the following services:
- Pediatric echocardiogram
- Genetic counseling
- Hearing testing and follow up
The Center for Women & Infants
A woman’s health care needs change throughout her lifetime. The Center for Women & Infants is here for you along the way. Whatever the need – caring for the tiniest baby, reproductive health, pregnancy, gynecologic care or menopause – we offer the very best care to give you the personalized and exceptional experience you deserve.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Our specially trained NICU staff is on hand to attend deliveries in the hospital within minutes and provides family-centered, compassionate care to the tiniest of patients.
Regional Perinatal Center
We care for the highest-risk pregnancies, provide specialized equipment and high-risk transportation. Regional Perinatal Centers provide a statewide system of high-risk maternal and infant care.
Need a Doctor? We Can Help
If you don’t have a doctor, please contact Healthcare Coordination. Our friendly specialists can help you find the right doctor for your needs. They can also help you:
- Make an appointment with one or more doctors over the phone or via Live Chat
- Share a list of accepted insurance
- Provide directions and parking information
- Share doctors’ office locations and hours
- Let you know which doctors are accepting new patients