NEWBORN GENETIC SCREENING PROGRAM
New Mexico Newborn Screening Program (NMNBSP) requires that all babies born in New Mexico receive screening for certain genetic, metabolic, hemoglobin and endocrine disorders. The New Mexico Newborn Screening Program offers screening for 27 disorders. The NMNBSP provides services to over 28,000 babies and their families annually. Currently the State of New Mexico mandates two newborn screens be collected on every newborn born in NM.
New Mexico Newborn Screening Program continues to partner with Mountain States Genetic Network and has also contracted with Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for expanded screening.
Babies with these conditions appear normal at birth. It is only with time that the conditions affects the baby’s brain or physical development or causes other medical problems. By then the damage may be permanent. Early diagnosis and treatment can result in normal growth and development and can reduce morbidity and mortality.
TO ORDER BLOOD SPOT KITS
Contact: Eliza Garcia
Children's Medical Service
(505) 476-8856 or 476-8868 or 1-877-890-4692.
Allow at least 3-5 shipping days for delivery of forms
NOTE: The State of New Mexico mandates two tests.
If a nurse is not available, contact a CMS social worker at the same office or Carla Ortiz, RN, NM Newborn Screening Program Nurse Consultant at 505-476-8858 or 1-877-890-4692.
All birthing hospitals in New Mexico are required to screen newborns for hearing loss prior to discharge from the hospital. The Department of Health's Children's Medical Services assists families in accessing needed services when infants require follow-up after screening.
If you need help finding services for your baby or are concerned about your child's hearing please visit the Newborn Hearing Screening Program web page.