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Daack-Hirsch Discusses Decline in Maternal Screenings

Sandra Daack-Hirsch

In a recent Gazette article, Sandra Daack-Hirsch, Ph.D., RN, a clinical geneticist and assistant professor in UI’s College of Nursing, discussed her efforts to determine why fewer women are participating in Iowa's maternal screening program. 


Maternal screening lags in Iowa as newborn screens continue to save lives

By Vanessa Miller | The Gazette | 10/4/2013

Ten years ago, on Jan. 4, 2003, Blythe Stanfel gave birth to her first son, Joshua. He was perfect and beautiful and appeared totally healthy.

As with other newborns, he underwent the standard tests and screenings in the hospital. Seven days later, Stanfel received a call. “They said he probably had PKU, and we needed to go to Iowa City,” Stanfel said. “It was very scary.”

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Oct 8th, 2013