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Early Check: Receive peace of mind (and free health screenings for your baby!)

This is a sponsored post written by Early Check. Early Check is an amazing research study that offers free health screening tests for babies in North Carolina. We think this article on Early Check is incredibly relevant to our community and we cannot wait to share more content from them.

Early Check is a research study is that offering health screening tests for all babies born in North Carolina (yes- that’s a lot of babies, over 120,000 each year to be exact). The testing is free, no travel is required, and nothing is needed from your baby. All moms need to do is take a few minutes to visit, learn more and sign up. So, you’re thinking… what’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one.

RTI International, a non-profit research organization in North Carolina is leading this effort along with their partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Wake Forest School of Medicine and the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. We are doing the study to learn more about rare health conditions that are not screened as part of standard newborn screening and how to give babies with these conditions the best start.

Because the health conditions are rare, they are typically not diagnosed until there are symptoms. Early Check researchers want to find babies early, before this happens. Even though there are no treatments to cure these conditions right now, there are things that can help and knowing early can give parents important information and connections with local specialists. The sooner you know, the better. 

Am I eligible?

You can join Early Check when:

  • You’re more than 12 weeks pregnant
  • You had a baby less than 4 weeks ago who was born in North Carolina

So, how does Early Check work?

It’s simple (really!) Early Check uses a small amount of blood that is taken from a baby’s heel shortly after birth in the hospital or birthing center. That little heel prick has already been done so not to worry!  Early Check uses what’s leftover to do the Early Check screening tests.

Moms must give permission to be a part of Early Check by visiting Early Check results will be ready by the time the baby is 2 months old. Moms will be notified by text or email that normal results are available. Results can be found by logging into the Early Check secure portal.

Remember, the conditions are rare, so most babies will not have them. But, if the results are not normal, the mom will receive a phone call from an Early Check genetic counselor who will explain the results, provide counseling and support, and arrange for additional free testing if needed. Early Check also offers a visit with a pediatric specialist who can make recommendations for medical care.

And that’s it!

Early Check is thrilled to be a part of MommyCon and meet with North Carolina moms and moms-to-be! We know that parents have lots of decisions to make—check Early Check off your list!