Know your risk for preterm birth: test for risk management
Why should I know my risk for preterm delivery?
Preterm birth occurs when a baby is born 37 weeks of pregnancy normally lasts about 40 weeks or about nine months.
Babies born prematurely can require significant time in the hospital, primarily in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and require medical attention in order to survive and develop.
Babies that survive premature birth may also face long-term health challenges, including cerebral palsy, vision and hearing impairment, learning disabilities and other chronic conditions.
*Approximately 1 in 10 pregnant women in the United States will have a preterm birth.
*Up to half of all women who deliver prematurely have no known risks.
PreTRM: Test for risk management
The PreTRM Test is an innovative blood test that predicts your individual risk of delivering your baby prematurely. The test is ordered by your physician as a simple blood drawn and typically coincides with the ultrasound anatomy scan during weeks 19 to 20.
Who is the PreTRM Test for?
Most pregnant women are candidates for the PreTRM Test.
The PreTRM Test can help:
*Women 18 years or older, pregnant with a single baby (i.e., not pregnant with twins).
*Women showing no symptoms for preterm labor.
*Women not on progesterone therapy after the first trimester.
*Women having no confirmed genetic condition or disorder associated with shortened gestation.
Results will provide your individual spontaneous preterm birth risk shown as a percentage for this pregnancy. Spontaneous preterm birth is a birth that happens early that is unexpected, where the mother goes into labor and delivers without any apparent known reasons. Most premature births are “spontaneous”.
How do I get the PreTRM Test?
The PreTRM Test can be ordered by your doctor. Once your test has been ordered, our customer support team can contact you to discuss scheduling your blood draw and provide other helpful information. If you have any questions in the meantime, simply call customer support at 801-990-6600.
What do I do with the results from a PreTRM Test?
Talk to your doctor. Your pregnancy is unique and important. We provide your individualized risk of spontaneous preterm birth to help you and your doctor personalize the care you receive in your pregnancy to address your unique situation. knowing your risk may also allow you and your family to plan and prepare.
Sera Prognostics Patient Access Program:
We are actively engaging with insurance companies to provide coverage for the PreTRM Test. Additionally, we have a dedicated Patient Access Program staffed by experienced professionals to assist you. Whether you are insured or uninsured, our Patient Access Team will work with you and/or your insurance company to confirm your benefits as well as any estimated out of pocket expenses. We provide payment options and a payment assistance program for those that qualify.
For more information about your benefits eligibility, please contact our Patient Access Team directly at (800) 291-1046.
Sera Prognostics: The Pregnancy Company
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Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Sera Prognostics pamphlet on PreTRM Testing and I give them full credit for the information. Please contact them directly for information on the test. I have never used this service before, so I do not have an opinion on it.