Parents Receive Backlash After Choosing to Allow Their Baby Hear

After you welcome your newborn into the world, doctors perform a series of tests to ensure that baby is healthy.

There are three parts to newborn screening. A heel stick to collect a small blood sample, pulse oximetry to look at the amount of oxygen in the baby’s blood, and a hearing screen. The blood test is generally performed when a baby is 24 to 48 hours old.

I remember holding my breath for the results of these tests to come through, hoping my babies were in the clear.

But for Ahavah Cook and her husband, they were shocked when they received the results back from their newborn boy.

Credit: YouTube/ Ahavah Cook

Elijah didn’t pass newborn hearing test

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Maria Lianos Carbone

Maria Lianos-Carbone is owner of, a leading lifestyle blog for women. Her first book, "Oh Baby! A Mom's Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year" will be published Spring 2018. Follow Maria on Instagram @amotherworld.

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