Newborn Screening


Approximately 85,000 babies are born in Indiana each year. There are three state mandated tests for newborns required at this point in time: The Indiana State Newborn Hearing Exam, and the Indiana State Newborn Screening and the Indiana Pulse Oximetry Screening for critical congenital heart defects.

Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects

According to IC 16-41-17-2, effective January 1, 2012, all birthing facilities in Indiana are required to perform pulse oximetry newborn screening to detect critical congenital heart defects.

This is a painless screening that we will offer to your family between 48-72 hours postpartum in your home.

The Indiana State Newborn Hearing Exam

News Article about the success rates of doing the newborn hearing exam


The Indiana State Newborn Screening

Newborn screening is a special test that helps identify babies who are at risk for certain conditions. A newborn baby may look healthy, but can have a serious condition that cannot be seen. These conditions can be treated if found early. Indiana state law requires that all babies in Indiana be tested for 44 conditions (including sickle cell anemia) and hearing loss. This test must be done before the baby leaves the hospital. Babies born at home must have this test within one week of birth.


Indiana requires screening for the following diseases:

  1. Biotinidase Deficiency (started 2000)
  2. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) (started 2000)
  3. Galactosemia
  4. Homocystinuria
  5. Hypothyroidism (congenital)
  6. Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD)
  7. Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  8. Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and Hemoglobinopathies
  9. Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCAD) (started 2002)

Indiana began screening for the following disorders in January, 2003:

  1. 3-Hydroxy-3-Methylglutaryl-CoA Lyase Deficiency (HMG)
  2. 3-Ketothiolase Deficiency {a/k/a Mitochondrial Acetoacetyl-Coa Thiolase Deficiency}
  3. 2-Methylbutyryl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency
  4. 3-Methylcrotonyl-CoA Carboxylase Deficiency (3MCC)
  5. 3-Methylglutaconyl-CoA Hydratase Deficiency
  6. Argininosuccinic Aciduria (ASA)
  7. Carnitine-Acylcarnitine Translocase Deficiency
  8. Carnitine Palitoyl Transferase Deficiency Type II (CPT-II)
  9. Citrullinemia
  10. Glutaric Acidemia Type I (GA-I)
  11. Glutaric Acidemia II (GA-II) {a/k/a Multiple Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency}
  12. Hypermethioninemia
  13. Isobutyryl-Coa Dehydrogenase Deficiency
  14. Isovaleric Acidemia (IVA)
  15. Long-Chain Hydroxyacyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (LCHAD)
  16. Methylmalonic Aciduria (MMA)
  17. Multiple CoA Carboxylase Deficiency
  18. Propionic Acidemia (PA)
  19. Short-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (SCAD)
  20. Trifunctional Protein Deficiency
  21. Tyrosinemia-Type II
  22. Very-Long-Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (VLCAD)

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