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Learn how we are working toward more healthy Iowa babies!

by Christy D. on Friday, November 30, 2012

Sara Lockie is a mother of two from Ankeny. Her sons are 2 and 4. Her youngest, Jonathan, was born with several congenital heart defects that were luckily found before he was born. That allowed Sara and her husband, Kyle, to prepare and gave doctors the advanced notice they needed to provide the best possible care as soon as Jonathan was born. Even still, Jonathan lives with complications from his surgeries that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Sara and Kyle know they are among the lucky ones. Some babies’ heart defects aren’t found before birth. A simple $4 test called pulse oximetry, can detect these defects and give all babies a chance at a healthier life. Right now, the American Heart Association is at the front of the fight to get this test done on all Iowa newborns. Without it, babies with unhealthy hearts are being sent home and no one knows they need medical help. Currently, only about 30% of Iowa hospitals do the test on every baby – despite national recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services to perform the test 100% of the time.

You can help.

Read more about the Lockie’s story in this front-page Des Moines Register article. Show your support by voting “Yes” in the online poll, that all Iowa hospitals should perform this screening on every baby. Join our advocacy team at to stay up-to-date on this issue as it moves through the Iowa Legislature. We will need all of our voices to ensure this life-saving piece of legislation gets passed.

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