The Nova Scotia Newborn Screening Service at the IWK Health Centre offers newborn screening as a service to families with new babies. This service identifies newborns with certain rare, serious disorders of body chemistry that are treatable.
The vast majority of babies in Nova Scotia are healthy at birth. However, a baby is occasionally born with a disorder that may be dangerous to his/her health. Early diagnosis and treatment can result in normal growth and development. It can also prevent many of the medical problems associated with these conditions.