Newborn Assessment Center

Jaundice is a common condition that occurs in newborns when Bilirubin builds up in the circulatory system. While this can be temporary and may resolve on its own, excessive levels of Bilirubin can lead to kernicterus, or brain damage, if not identified and treated immediately.

Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital is committed to the prevention of kernicterus, and offers free clinic screenings for our newborns after discharge home. Our clinic is located conveniently on the second floor of RWCH, where lab results are available to parents and pediatricians in about 15 minutes. No appointment is required, and the clinic is available 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please check in with the registration clerks on the first floor when you arrive, or if you come after hours, staff members at the Information Desk will assist you.