The Newborn Screening Program Area Service Center at Harbor-UCLA is part of a state-sponsored network for the diagnosis of specific endocrine, pulmonary, metabolic, genetic, and hematological disorders in newborns. All infants in the State of California are required by law to have blood drawn and sent to a state contracting laboratory within the first few days of life. The state tests for conditions that can seriously impair or jeopardize a baby’s potential for growth and development. The program screens for conditions in which early intervention can prevent disability and even death.
The Newborn Screening Area Service Center Staff work with 36 hospitals and 24 midwifery groups in Southern California representing 80,000 births a year, to assure that babies with positive screens access timely diagnostic an