What is prenatal paternity testing?
Prenatal paternity testing is testing that is performed on an unborn child to determine whether the man being tested is the child’s biological father. It is a DNA test while pregnant.
Can I send in additional samples after the results have been issued?
Once results are issued, the case will be closed. The company is unable to use results from a previous prenatal test for additional testing once results are issued. If clients require additional testing after results have been issued (for example, testing a second alleged father), we will need fresh samples from the mother and the father. In such cases, clients will need to purchase a new prenatal test at the price stipulated on the website.
How is paternity testing carried out?
Testing can be performed prenatally (before birth) or postnatal (after birth). During the prenatal stage, testing can be non-invasive or invasive. Invasive prenatal testing is performed by means of certain fetal sampling methods such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), or percutaneous umbilical cord sampling (PUBS). Non invasive prenatal paternity testing is done using a maternal blood sample. Samples for the alleged father in a non invasive prenatal test are collected using mouth swabs.
Postnatal testing is often done using oral swabs. Swabs need to be rubbed inside the mouth of the test participants which typically include the mother, alleged father and child.
What is special about your non invasive prenatal paternity test?
Our non invasive test carries absolutely no risk when compared to other prenatal methods which are all invasive. The term invasive refers to the fact that they carry certain risks for the mother and the fetus.
Whilst our non invasive test only requires a blood draw from the arm of the mother, other invasive tests (like amniocentesis) require a medical surgeon to extract the baby’s DNA from inside the womb using sterile needles (as happens in amniocentesis and CVS) or a catheter (as happens in CVS only). The father's samples can be collected using simple mouth swabs.
How accurate are the results and will they stand up in court?
DNA paternity testing, whether prenatal or post natal, is extremely accurate and will exclude the non-biological father with 100% accuracy. However, only the results of a post natal paternity test (if performed to legal requirements) will stand up in court. Prenatal paternity testing results cannot be used in a court of law. Most courts will not suggest using prenatal testing to determine paternity and almost always wait until after the baby is born to verify paternity. One of the main reasons for this is to avoid encouraging the use of invasive procedures such as CVS that can put the unborn baby at risk.
How does our non invasive prenatal paternity testing work?
Our test is an extremely advanced scientific analysis using single nucleotide polymorphism microarray technology. In simple words, this method of analysis enables us to analyze the DNA of the baby found in the mother’s blood. In this test we in fact examine hundreds of thousands of SNPs to determine the paternity of the fetus. We do, of course, also need samples from the alleged father/s which can be collected using the mouth swabs we provide.
How do I collect my blood samples?
Blood samples need to be collected by someone who is qualified to do so. Typically, any nurse or phlebotomist / phlebotomy technician can collect the samples. You will be responsible for choosing your sampler; this could be your own GP or any private clinic. Should you have any difficulty finding a sampler easyDNA UK can assist, we work with a network of samplers nationwide who can visit you at home at an additional cost. Availability for this service depends on your location.
We will provide you with a special kit which will contain everything needed to collect the blood samples. We provide within it medical blood collection tubes for the mother. Samples for alleged father are by means of mouth swabs. The instructions as well as all the forms to be filled out. Included in the kit is also a pre-paid courier pouch to send your blood samples back to the laboratory for testing. This will ensure they arrive as swiftly as possible.
How soon after I learn I am pregnant can the prenatal paternity test be done?
Non-invasive testing using blood samples can only be done at 9 weeks from conception (this means you will be in your 11th week of pregnancy, starting from the first day of your last menstrual period).
The time lapse required for invasive testing is longer than with our risk-free test. In fact, amniocentesis is between 14 and 20 weeks while CVS testing can be performed earlier around 10 to 13 weeks.
How long does prenatal DNA paternity testing take?
This depends on which prenatal test is carried out. The actual DNA sample collection for the non invasive paternity test easyDNA offers can be done in a few minutes since only it only requires a blood draw. It is the quickest and most straightforward paternity test in pregnancy available.
Other prenatal paternity testing methods (such as amniocentesis) require more elaborate sample collection procedures that are done by a gynecologist. The gynecologist will need to carry out an ultrasound, apply local aneasthetic and insert a sterile needle through your abdomen.
How long do I have to wait for the results?
Once the samples reach the lab, our test results are normally complete within 7 to 10 working days.
Do you offer an express service on this test?
We do not offer an express service with this DNA test.
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