Critical Congenital Heart Disease
Screening for Newborns

infant sleeping wrapped in blanket with heart images

Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a problem in the way a baby’s heart develops before the baby is born or the way blood flows through the heart. It is one of the most common birth defects in babies.

Some conditions can cause low oxygen levels in a baby's blood. Pulse Oximetry Screening is a painless test to measure a baby's oxygen level, and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Vermont Department of Health is committed to assisting hospitals and primary care providers to develop effective Pulse Oximetry Screening programs.

Information for Parents


Video: Pulse Oximetry
Children's National Medical Center video for families about screening for critical congenital heart disease.

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Information for Health Care Providers


Toolkit: Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program

CHD Screening Toolkit



Video: Pulse Oximetry for Providers
Children's National Medical Center video for health care providers about screening for critical congenital heart disease.


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More Resources and Supports

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Contact Us

If you have questions about your baby's health, please contact your health care provider.

Vermont Newborn Screening Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402

Call: 802-951-5180

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