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Know Your Risk for Delivering a Premature Baby

Most women think having a premature baby will never happen to them. But it can happen to anyone—even the healthiest woman!

The PreTRM® test is an innovative blood test that is drawn anytime during your 19th or 20th week of pregnancy. It will tell you your risk for delivering prematurely for this pregnancy. With the PreTRM test, technology now makes it possible to detect proteins in your blood that have been shown to be predictive of premature birth. The test provides a snapshot of your risk for this pregnancy.

Getting tested is easy. After your doctor has prescribed the PreTRM test, PreTRM Support will direct you to a center to have your blood drawn and sent to the Sera laboratory to measure those proteins. It takes about one week to get your test results which will be sent to your doctor.

PreTRM Support will also assist you and your doctor to determine your personal insurance coverage. PreTRM Support is available at 1-855-5-PRETRM (855.577.3876).

Talk to your doctor about the PreTRM Test.

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How do I know if I need the PreTRM test?

Preterm birth can happen to anyone.  More than 1 in 10 women have a premature baby and 50% of pregnant women who have a premature baby had no known risk factors. If you are pregnant with a single baby (i.e., not twins or triplets), you may benefit from understanding your risk of delivering your baby prematurely. If you are at increased risk for delivering early, there are established interventions that you and your doctor can consider. Knowing you are at higher risk gives you the power and time to put a plan in place to help ensure the best outcome for you and your baby. 

How accurate is the PreTRM test?

The PreTRM test measures proteins in the blood that are predictive of babies being born prematurely.  The PreTRM test is highly predictive of preterm delivery in asymptomatic, singleton pregnancies where blood is drawn anytime during your 19th or 20th week of pregnancy, with reported spontaneous preterm birth prediction Area Under the Curve (AUC) ranging between 0.75 and 0.93.5

What does my PreTRM test result mean?

The PreTRM test gives you a percentage risk of delivering before 37 weeks. It also compares your individual risk to the average population risk (7.3% for spontaneous preterm birth in singleton pregnancies) to help you and your doctor discuss possible interventions with the goal of prolonging your pregnancy to improve the health of your baby.

  • The average population risk of spontaneously delivering a premature baby is 7.3% for women with a single baby.
  • A woman with a PreTRM prediction of 22% has 3 times (3x) the average population risk.

If you are at higher risk for delivering prematurely, there are simple, established interventions that you and your doctor may put in place to help manage your pregnancy. If you are at risk of delivering early, it’s important for you to know in order to get ready physically and emotionally.

How early will I deliver if I get a high PreTRM risk?

Today, the PreTRM test does not tell when you will deliver. A higher PreTRM risk percentage means you are at higher RISK of delivering early. If you are at higher risk,  there are established interventions that your doctor may use with the goal of prolonging your pregnancy and improve the health of your baby.

How do I get tested?

The PreTRM test is an innovative blood test ordered by your doctor. Your blood will be drawn anytime during your 19th or 20th week of pregnancy. Once we receive your doctor’s order for the test, the PreTRM Support team will contact you.  With your permission, we will discuss your coverage with the insurer. After which, we will direct you to a laboratory to have blood drawn at the appropriate time. The laboratory will then ship the blood specimen to our central laboratory in Salt Lake City for analysis, and the results will be sent to your doctor.

If your doctor doesn’t yet offer the PreTRM test, PreTRM Support will contact your doctor and your insurance company to serve as your support system while going through the process of getting tested. In the Talk To Your Doctor section there are resources to guide your discussion.

 You may contact PreTRM Support by filling out this form or call 1-855-5-PRETRM (855-577-3876).

How much does a PreTRM test cost and is it covered by insurance?

At $945 (patient-pay price), the test has a similar cost to other complex biomarker tests. Because this is a newly available test, reimbursement for the PreTRM test is currently evaluated by insurance companies on a case-by-case basis. With your permission, PreTRM Support will contact your insurer to identify your benefits and explore coverage for the PreTRM test. After we’ve completed this process, we will notify you of your expected out-of-pocket payment.

For information about how much your insurer may cover, please reach out to our PreTRM Support team at 1-855-5-PRETRM (855-577-3876) or email us at Support@PreTRM.com.