British Columbia Specific Information
In British Columbia, prenatal and newborn screening is offered free to all families.
During your pregnancy, your health care provider will offer prenatal screening. Prenatal screening can tell you your chance of having a baby with birth defects. The tests can consist of one or more blood tests and ultrasound. These tests are ordered by your health care provider and can be done at any hospital or laboratory. For more information on prenatal genetic screening, visit BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre – Prenatal Screening and Perinatal Services BC - Prenatal Genetic Screening Program.
During the first few days after birth, your baby will have a newborn screening test, which includes a blood test and examination by a doctor or midwife. Early detection and treatment of some disorders can help prevent severe mental handicap, growth problems, health problems, or even sudden infant death. For more information on newborn screening, see HealthLinkBC File #67 Newborn Screening Test or visit Perinatal Services BC - Newborn Screening.