Apart from all compulsory examinations for newborns that have been established by the Institute of Child’s Health (Congenital hypothyroidism, Phenylketonuria, G6PD deficiency, galactosemia), IASO Thessaly can also perform the following newborn screening tests:
- Newborn hearing screening
Otoacoustic emissions for the early detection of hearing loss in newborns during their hospital stay. In the first months of a newborn’s life, normal hearing is a basic prerequisite for understanding speech and language. It is a painless, reliable, and fast method carried out by specialized ENT specialists.
- xpanded neonatal screening for the detection of Neonatal Metabolic Diseases
Today, the expanded neonatal screening is an internationally acknowledged practice to check newborns for suspected unmanifested metabolic disorders. By “unmanifested” we mean disorders that show no clinical signs and, therefore, cannot be diagnosed at birth or in the first days of a newborn’s life.
In Greece, unlike most states in Europe and the USA, infants are tested by the Institute of Child’s Health for only 4 metabolic diseases: Phenylketonuria, G6PD deficiency, hypothyroidism and galactosemia. The expanded neonatal screening provided by IASO Thessaly can identify 40 additional metabolic and other diseases, some of which appear relatively frequently in the Greek population, such as cystic fibrosis, partial or total biotinidase deficiency, adrenal hyperplasia. In addition, more rare diseases, e.g. fatty acids, amino acids and organic acids metabolic disorders, are also detectable. According to international statistics, the likelihood of a child being affected is 1 in 1,500 for all the above controlled diseases.
Our Clinic offers a number of services during pregnancy, such as free of charge "Obstetric care during childbirth and puerperium" and free of charge "Parent Art" lessons. These courses include detailed information on childbirth, nutritional advice, and psychological preparation of pregnant women, as well as a brief tour of the Clinic. In addition, the experienced midwives of our Clinic explain what a mother needs to safely take care of her baby, while they advocate the benefits of breastfeeding.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at IASO Thessaly has a photo shooting service for your baby, thus giving you the opportunity to cherish the first moments of your newborn’s life forever. It comprises a pack of ten (10) photos from the nursery room on the maternity ward, picturing your baby's first days in life.
All photos are shot by a professional photographer, with utmost respect for babies and full compliance with safety rules (no use of flash or other electronic means). Photo shooting is optional and provided at a low cost.