The PreTRM® test is so new that you might not have heard about it before. There’s also a chance that the PreTRM test may be new to your doctor, too.

Around your 12-week doctor appointment is a good time for both you and your doctor to learn more about the test and to discuss how it can provide important information about your pregnancy. Bringing up something new that may be unfamiliar to your doctor can sometimes be awkward. They don’t like to be caught off guard!

Be Prepared!

When you bring up the PreTRM test you may get a reaction anywhere from “My doctor was aware and excited to talk about it,” to “My doctor wasn’t aware and wanted to know more.”

It's important for you and your doctor to agree that the test is important for you because the only way you can take it is for your doctor to request the test for you by filling out a medical form.

Of course, your most trusted advice about your pregnancy should always come from your own doctor or midwife. And just because they may not yet have heard about the PreTRM test, it shouldn’t give you second thoughts. Keeping up with on-going research about new medical breakthroughs is time-consuming.

What your doctor does know

From experience, your doctor knows that anyone can have a premature delivery and for most women premature births are a surprise.

The traditional methods to predict premature birth, such as measuring your cervix or a  prior history of a premature baby, or other common risk factors fail to identify over 80% of women who go on to have a premature birth. Most women who have premature births (and their doctors) don’t know it’s going to happen — until they unexpectedly go into early labor.

Your doctor is also aware that if both of you know that you’re at increased risk of premature birth, there are established steps for you and your doctor to consider that are designed to manage your individual risk with the goal of giving your baby the best start in life.

What your Doctor will want to hear

Your doctor will probably want time to review the studies behind our science and to learn as much as possible about the PreTRM test.  For starters you can mention that:

  • This is a blood test done during your 19th or 20th week of pregnancy.
  • The PreTRM test detects abnormal protein levels in your blood that are highly predictive of premature birth.
  • The PreTRM test is the first and only broadly clinically-validated blood test that provides an early and individualized prediction of preterm birth risk.
  • The test’s accuracy was rigorously validated in a large clinical study involving 5,501 women in 11 obstetric centers across the U.S.
  • The results of this study showed the PreTRM test can identify pregnant women at risk of premature delivery early in her pregnancy and before signs of labor start.
  • The test validation is published as the Editors’ Choice lead article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology​.

Endorsed by leaders in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Lee Schulman, Medical Director and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University says,

“The PreTRM test is for me one of the great advancements in obstetrical care.  The value cannot be overestimated. We continue to deal with the vast majority of women who eventually go into preterm labor and deliver early as having absolutely no recognizable risk factors.”

  • Burdette Faucett, Maternal Fetal Medicine Expert

“Why not take advantage of a test that can identify a high-risk group of patients, so we can now learn about better interventions, start to intervene, potentially more effectively, and start to try to solve this problem that is really a world-wide disaster that has huge, huge impact on families, and untold long term impact on the individuals who were born pre-term.”

Let your doctor know that you’re serious about the test 

Be clear that you’re concerned about premature birth, that you’ve learned a lot about the PreTRM test, and you’d like to follow up on it.

  • Even though you think you have no risk factors, you could still have a premature delivery.
  • The result of the PreTRM test is not a positive or negative (yes or no) result but your own “individual risk prediction” of having your baby too early.
  • If it turns out that your risk is higher than average, you want to work with your doctor to help manage your risk.
  • You know the test is not yet covered by insurance. ​

Your doctor wants to help you

After your doctor has reviewed the studies or read the medical journal articles and other scientific pieces, you will want to continue the conversation.

Regardless of your doctor’s conclusions, at your request, most likely your doctor will complete the form you will need to order the test.

Download our doctor discussion guide

Below is a discussion guide for you to take with you to your next appointment. Just download and print two copies of the guide — one for you, one for your doctor. And get the conversation going!

We can help, too

We will be happy to make a professional contact with your doctor’s practice for you, to make sure they are set up with us, and have the front desk staff add a note to your records for your doctor to discuss the PreTRM Test with you.

You can call our PreTRM support line at 801-990-6605 to ask if your doctor has experience with the PreTRM test.