Are you prepared?
PreTRM® Test: The First-of-its-Kind Predictor of Premature Birth Before Symptoms Occur
A full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks. A pre term or premature birth is defined as before 37 weeks.
1 in 10 babies born in the U.S. is born premature. This equates to approximately 400,000 babies a year.1
Many women are shocked to learn the frequency of premature birth and that it can happen in any pregnancy, even in what looks like a healthy pregnancy.
In the time you read this brochure2
babies will be born prematurely
(28 every minute)
babies will die from prematurity
(2 every minute)
40% of premature babies are born to first time moms.3
Up to 50% of women who have premature babies have no known risk factors.4
More than 80% of women who have a premature baby cannot be identified through traditional medical methods.5,6
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BABY COMES TOO EARLY?
Brain development: Even at 35 weeks a baby's brain still needs to grow 50%.
Lung development: Lungs are not fully developed until full-term and premature delivery can result in severe respiratory problems.
Feeding difficulty: Prior to 34 weeks, babies are unable to suck and swallow normally.
Body temperature regulations: Babies cannot regulate their body temperature until week 37.
In the short-term, premature babies have numerous medical issues that require more hospital time and pediatric visits.8
These may include:
In the long-term, premature birth can affect a child's development, education, and ability to work later in life.9
These may include:
HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PreTRM TEST:
1. It is a simple blood test, prescribed by your obstetrician healthcare provider, performed at 19 or 20 weeks of your pregnancy.
2. It measures and analyzes proteins in your blood that are linked to premature birth.
3. It has been clinically validated in a large study of 5,501 women at 11 obstetric centers across the United States.13
4. The validation study was published in a top-tier peer-reviewed medical journal (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) in 2016.13
5. The test was shown to be highly predictive of premature birth in all women, regardless of age, race or ethnicity.13
6. If you're at increased risk, knowing that your baby may deliver prematurely gives you the power to prepare, get extra care for your pregnancy, and give your baby the best start in life.