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! In fact, while the biggest risk factor is having a prior premature baby, up to 50% of premature births happen to women with no obvious risk factors. And 40% of premature births happen to first-time moms!
The PreTRM® test is a new blood test that will tell you your risk for delivering prematurely for this pregnancy. Your blood is tested during your 19th or 20th week of pregnancy; the PreTRM test detects protein levels in your blood that are highly predictive of premature birth. Knowing you are at risk of delivering your baby too early gives you time to plan and prepare for a potential premature delivery.
Dr. Phelps-Sandall shares her experience with premature birth and a new test to identify patients at risk early
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need the PreTRM test?
How accurate is the PreTRM test?
The PreTRM test measures proteins in the blood that are highly predictive of babies being born prematurely. The PreTRM test is predictive of preterm delivery in women pregnant with a single baby, when blood is tested during your 19th or 20th week of pregnancy, with reported "spontaneous* premature birth prediction" Area Under the Curve (AUC) ranging between 0.75 and 0.935(where a 1.0 score is "perfect" and a .50 score is the same as chance).
* Spontaneous premature birth is a birth that happens early—at least 3 weeks early—that is unexpected and not medically induced. Most premature births are "spontaneous".
What does the PreTRM test result mean?
How do I get tested?
Your doctor will order the blood test and fill out a Test Request Form (TRF) for you to take to your local Labcorp patient service centers. It is very important that you have your blood drawn for testing in your 19th or 20th week of pregnancy, which will be indicated on the TRF. Your doctor will have your PreTRM test results within about 2 weeks.
How much is the PreTRM test? Is it covered by insurance?
The PreTRM test costs $945, which is similar to other complex laboratory test like this. Because the PreTRM test is new, it is not covered by insurance. Your payment of $945 is collected at your local LabCorp Patient Service Center at the time your blood is drawn for testing.