BC Newborn Screening Program

Uses a blood test to identify babies who may have a treatable disorder. With early detection the chances of serious health problems are prevented or reduced later in life. If not treated, these disorders can cause severe mental handicap, growth problems, health problems and sudden infant death. A blood sample is usually taken between 24 and 48 hours after birth. This will be done before the baby leaves the hospital or, if a home birth, by a midwife at home.

Address / Contact Info

Provincial Health Services Authority West Tower, Suite 350
555 West 12th Ave. Vancouver, BCV5Z 3X7

Phone Numbers

Phone : 604-877-2121 ext 223772
Fax : (604) 872-1987

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Other Programs from This Organization

Aboriginal Pregnancy Passport Provides expectant mothers with health information, resources, traditional teachings, growth charts, checklists, and a place to write down goals, thoughts, ideas, and dreams for their babies. With the passport, women can document their sacred traditional journey through pregnancy, birth, and baby’s first few weeks.
BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program Offers online information and resources about prenatal genetic screening for Down syndrome, trisomy 18 or an open neural tube defect, for pregnant women in BC.
Biliary Atresia Home Screening Program Provides program information and resources for parents of newborns to screen for biliary atresia, a rare but serious liver disease that begins to affect newborns in the first month of life. Parents are asked to check their newborn’s stool colour against a colour card every day for the first month after birth. If they see an abnormal stool colour, they are to call or email the Biliary Atresia Home Screening Program directly.

This program was last updated on 10 Jan 2017.