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ACOG Committee Opinion No. 778 Summary: Newborn Screening and the Role of the Obstetrician–Gynecologist

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doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003246
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Recommendations and Conclusions

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes the following recommendations and conclusions:

  • Newborn screening is a mandatory state-based public health program that provides all newborns in the United States with testing and necessary follow-up health care for a variety of medical conditions. However, parents or guardians can opt-out of the program for religious reasons following state guidelines.
  • Obstetrician–gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should make resources about newborn screening available to patients during pregnancy. Information can be disseminated through informational brochures and electronic sources and through review or discussion at some time during prenatal care. Integrating education about newborn screening into prenatal care allows parents to be prepared for having their child undergo screening as well as for receiving newborn screening test results.
  • Newborn screening does not replace the potential value of carrier screening nor does carrier screening replace newborn screening.

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