Category Archives for PreTRM Community Blog

Stephanie’s Story of Prematurity and How the PreTRM Test Helped Her

Long before Stephanie was married, she knew she wanted to be a mom. So it wasn’t long after Stephanie and her high school sweetheart, Brian, got married that they began the exciting process of trying to start a family. A few months after this journey began, the couple was elated to learn that they were pregnant. Sadly, Stephanie suffered a miscarriage before the end of her first trimester.

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LeAna’s Story of Premature Birth

Prematurity not only impacts families, but has a tremendous impact on businesses. It is a national health crisis and is a major financial drain in both lost worker productivity and rising health care costs for employers. Our family actively participates with the March of Dimes charity with the aim of one day eliminating prematurity. By sharing our story, we hope to spare families the lifelong struggles that being born too soon causes.

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PreTRM Test Featured in The Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune ran an article today (8/15/2016) on Sera Prognostics and the PreTRM test. Entitled “Blood test- developed in Utah- provides women reassurance they will bring baby to term,”, the story highlights the statistics on preterm birth, the detrimental long-term effects of preterm birth, and how the PreTRM test can help you and your doctor prepare if you are increased risk of having your baby too early.

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My Experience with a High Risk of Premature Birth in My Second Pregnancy

I’ll start off with a confession. I read two pregnancy books cover to cover — except for the chapters on high-risk pregnancy. Why would I? It was my first pregnancy and I was perfectly healthy. Healthy weight, healthy blood pressure, never smoked. I had no clue I could be at risk for a premature birth. When I went into labor at 33 weeks it took me completely by surprise.

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PreTRM Test Received the Utah Innovation Award in Life Sciences/Biotech

We’re very proud to announce that the PreTRM® test received the Utah Innovation Award in the Life Sciences/Biotech sector. The award was presented at the 14th annual Innovation Award luncheon sponsored by Stoel Rives, LLP and the Utah Technology Council on May 11th.

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15 things you should know when you have a baby in the NICU

As a NICU nurse, I have first-hand experience helping babies and parents. I would like to share these tips you should know if your baby is in the NICU.

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Premature Birth Facts That You Might Not Know

What’s all the fuss about premature birth?

Why is premature (or preterm) birth such a big deal? I had no idea that a premature baby – one who is born before 37 weeks – is actually a very common thing. And I had no idea that a premature baby has way bigger consequences than just a week or two in the NICU.

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Standing at the Kitchen Sink: The surreal experience of having my baby 5 weeks early

If a doctor could have spared me the feelings of helplessness, guilt and sadness when my water broke by informing me during my pregnancy that this might happen, I would have greater peace of mind knowing I had done everything in my power to take him to full-term.

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Let Women Choose to Understand Prematurity

This month’s contributor is Gina Schroeder of Phoenix, AZ. A professional make-up artist, Gina is Mom to two preemies—Haley, born at 31 weeks, and Brendan, born at 36 weeks. In this month’s blog, she tells us about having Haley at 31 weeks.

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I thought I wouldn’t mind going early…until it actually happened (the worst day of my life)

Imagine: I am almost 36 weeks pregnant. My ankles and feet are so swollen, I can barely look at shoes, let alone get them on. I feel horrible. I have gestational diabetes. I am depressed. I’m just not ‘me’. I keep thinking, ‘please let me go early…please let me go early…please let me go early.’

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