What to Expect
Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) is the program that coordinates newborn screening in Ontario, Canada.
NSO is located at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa.
The image below takes you through the newborn screening process step-by-step, from parent education, sample collection and transportation to laboratory testing and results.
Doctors, midwives, nurses, and prenatal educators help families learn about newborn screening
For other questions about newborn screening, please contact us.
The newborn screening sample is sent to NSO for testing via courier
The sample is tested for 29 diseases
Results are sent to the health care provider who ordered the test. Family doctors can access results securely online.
After testing is finished, newborn screening samples are stored in a secure facility as part of the baby's medical record.
Learn more about the storage and use of newborn screening samples