What does the Hygienic Lab do?
The State Hygienic Laboratory provides newborn screening services for the Iowa Neonatal Metabolic Screening Program with the support of the Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders of the Iowa Department of Public Health.
After health care providers collect a small blood sample from each baby, it is sent to the State Hygienic Laboratory and is screened for many inherited conditions. The State Hygienic Lab does not notify parents of test results. The child's licensed health-care provider will be informed when the tests are completed and if results warrant further testing.
To learn more about the State Hygienic Laboratory's Newborn Screening Services, contact the Hygienic Laboratory Newborn Screening facility in Ankeny at (515)725-1630, or call our main number at 800-421-IOWA (4692).