Tag: Universal Screening

Jasper’s Story

This spring, my husband, 2 year old son Finn and I welcomed Jasper into this crazy world. He was perfect and seemed to be very healthy. That’s why when we received the phone call that the newborn screening test was positive for CMV, we were confused, shocked, and honestly, really sad. The following week was really hard. Within a few days, we had gone from an easy breezy family of 4 (as easy breezy as it can be with a… Read more »

Hazel’s Story

Hazel, our second daughter, was born August 15th, 2019. We felt so fortunate. The delivery was smooth and there were no complications during the entire pregnancy.  A week after Hazel was home, we went for her hearing test at a local church. She got a ‘refer’ on both ears after multiple attempts. This didn’t worry me much because my first daughter hadn’t passed on one ear the first time she did the test, and then she proceeded to pass the… Read more »

Reflecting on the 1st Year of a Universal cCMV Screening Program: The Nurse Practitioner Perspective

February 3, 2021 – In July 2019, Ontario became the first Canadian province (and the first region in the world) to begin screening all newborns for cCMV at birth as part of their hearing risk factor screening. Thank you to Andrea Baptista, Lisa Hicks and Alanna Webster, the incredible Nurse Practitioners who are organizing and facilitating the care for the babies who test positive, for their presentation yesterday. They shared key findings, successes and challenges from this novel cCMV screening… Read more »

Provider Testing Practices for cCMV: Consistently Inconsistent

January 6, 2021 – Dr. Megan Pesch and Kate Wilson present the findings of their research on the medical decision-making and practices healthcare providers use to screen an infant for cCMV. About the presenters: Dr. Megan Pesch is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, originally from British Columbia, and now living in Ann Arbor Michigan. Dr. Pesch completed her medical training including medical school, residency, a masters in clinical research and fellowship at the University of Michigan where she is now… Read more »

The Use of Saliva Samples to Test for Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) Infection in Newborns

December 9, 2020 – Thank you to Dr. Abbey Sidebottom, Whitney Wunderlich and Dr. Mark R. Schleiss for delivering a fantastic presentation on the use of saliva samples for cCMV testing and their examination of false positives. It was the perfect way to wrap up the CMV-LIVE series for 2020! As always, thank you to our amazing partners at National CMV Foundation, NCHAM and Merck for making this series possible.

Interview With Audiologist, Marie Pigeon

October 14, 2020 – We had the great pleasure of catching up with audiologist and advisor to CMV Canada, Marie Pigeon. She gave insights into an audiologist’s perspective on CMV, Ontario’s screening programs, and the beautiful city of Ottawa (where we will be meeting next summer for the CMV Public Health & Policy Conference!). Marie provides support in the development and implementation of program protocols, training, and continuous quality improvement for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program. She is proud to… Read more »

Ontario’s Universal CMV Screening Program – Interview with Dr. Jason Brophy

July 21, 2020 – Dr. Brophy is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the University of Ottawa, and a member of CMV Canada’s medical advisory committee. Rob and Jason chatted about Ontario’s Universal CMV Screening Program, the impacts of COVID-19 and the upcoming CMV Public Health and Policy Conference and webinar series.