Here we have tried to answer the most common and frequently asked questions that we get from our clients. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, feel free to leave us a comment or email us at [email protected]. We’re here to help you answer some of life’s most important questions.
Q: DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE BABY IS BORN BEFORE I CAN DO A PATERNITY TEST?
A: No, you don’t have to wait until the baby is born. There are actually two options for testing for paternity before the baby is born.
1. Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test (via Amnio): this requires the Mother to first undergo an invasive procedure called amniocentesis with her OBGYN, to extract amniotic fluid containing the fetal DNA. Oral swab samples from the Mother and Alleged Father are also required (unusual samples are sometimes accepted). The result report can be used for legal purposes if chain-of-custody is followed and the results can also be authenticated.
2. Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test (via Blood): this requires a blood draw from the Mother and Alleged Father, and we also test the fetal DNA in the Mother’s blood. Generally, the result report cannot be used for legal purposes (please consult us), but you can still opt to follow chain-of-custody for your added peace-of-mind. Unusual Samples are not accepted for this test.
We recommend that you also read about these two options in full at the above links, and we are more than happy to speak with you about which of these types of testing is the best for you.
Below is an overview of the main differences between the two options for prenatal paternity tests.