Have you been thinking about taking a prenatal paternity tests? Establishing paternity can be beneficial to all those involved. The DNA Clinic offers many types of paternity tests to best fit your circumstance and comfort level.
Postnatal testing, done after a child’s birth, involves a collection of the umbilical cord taken at the time of delivery, or a sample can be collected at a lab after the baby is released from the hospital. Either a buccal (cheek swab, which is most common) or a blood collection can be performed at that time, as well.
For prenatal paternity tests, or testing done during pregnancy, there are several options to choose from:
Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity (NIPP)
A non-invasive prenatal paternity test is the most accurate and non-invasive (no potential harm can come to the baby) way to establish paternity before the baby is born. The process is state-of-the-art, combining the latest technology and proprietary methods of preserving and analyzing the baby’s DNA found naturally in the mother’s bloodstream. This test requires only a simple blood collection from the mother and alleged father and can be performed any time after the 8th week of pregnancy. This test is 99.9% accurate.
This test is performed in the second trimester, anywhere from the 14th-20th weeks of pregnancy. In this procedure, the doctor uses ultrasound to guide a thin needle into your uterus, through your abdomen. The needle draws out a small amount of amniotic fluid, which is then tested. Risks include a small chance of harming the baby and miscarriage. Other side effects may include cramping, leaking of amniotic fluid, and vaginal bleeding. A doctor’s consent is needed to do this procedure for paternity testing.
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
In this test, a thin needle or tube is inserted from the vagina, through the cervix, guided by an ultrasound, to obtain chorionic villi. Chorionic villi are little finger-like pieces of tissue attached to the wall of the uterus. The chorionic villi and the fetus come from the same fertilized egg, and have the same genetic makeup. This testing can be done earlier in pregnancy from the 10th-13th weeks. A doctor’s consent is also needed to do this procedure.
If you need prenatal paternity tests or have questions, please contact The DNA Clinic at 800-831-0178.