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Paternity Test in Utero |What You Need To Know.

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Paternity Test in Utero |What You Need To Know.

Why do some people want to perform a paternity test before a baby is born? This is question that can only be answered by the mother and the alleged biological father. But before beginning this process it is important that both parties understand what exactly they will experience going through this process and how much flexibility you may with the DNA test result.

Below, In this post I will answer some of the most important questions you need to know before you dive head first into performing a prenatal paternity test.

What is prenatal paternity testing?

 A prenatal paternity test is a DNA test that can be performed before a child is born.

How much does a prenatal paternity test cost?

The cost for prenatal paternity test will vary depending on the option you choose. For example, if choose any of the invasive options you can expect to in the range of $800-$1000. This will not include the fees your OBGYN will incur for their involvement.

If you opt to perform a prenatal paternity test the cost of this test will have an average price range of $1800 to $2500.

Which type of prenatal paternity test is more accurate?

The invasive paternity test would be more accurate in my opinion but has a greater risk of harm to the child. If you choose this option. Please make sure you research an OBGYN with a good success rate with performing CVS and Amniocentisis procedures.

Should I perform a prenatal paternity test before birth?

This is a answer that only the mother along with the alleged father should make together. Personally, I would always recommend performing a paternity test soon after the child is born. This way, the child here and it eliminates any risks and the accuracy of the DNA result would be more accurate. If knowing if an alleged father is the biological father of a child is necessary in order to have alleged father sign the Acknowledgment of Paternity form at the hospital. I recommend contacting at DNA testing sample collection service like IDTO DNA Testing Center and see whether they provide DNA Mobile sample collection services in your city.

The stone cold truth about prenatal paternity testing is, Although there are several options at your disposable. Prenatal Paternity testing in my opinion is not the best option. Awaiting for the birth of a child would probably be the best option for  a more accurate result.

Why would I make this statement?

Simple! Awaiting the actual birth of a child allows for the most flexiblity in terms of use of the DNA result. The result can be used in family court, birth certificate name changes and, other related legal issues.

What I just described alone should be motivation enough not to peform prenatal paternity test. But, if that is not enough you may want to think about the risk of performing an invasive prenatal paternity. This option can affect the health of a child. Although a CVS and Amniocentisis provide a very accurate DNA result there are some risks. What is also important to keep in mind is,this option will require approval from your OBGYN. OBGYN’s will not perform a CVS or Amniocentisis for paternity testing purpose only. There will have to be a reason for the OBGYN to perform either option.

The non-invasive option on the surface is better option than the previous. This due to the process not having the amount of hassle. More importantly, you will not need your OBGYN to perform this process. Non-invavsive Paternity Tests are blood test that are acquired from the mother and the father may have his samples collected via buccal swab.

Here's the issue:

Prenatal Paternity testing is a very new technology that has needs more scrutiny from the geneticists. At least, That was what I was told by two different geneticists. Nonetheless, non-invasive prenatal paternity test is offered by 2 companies in the U.S. and 1 in Canada. With well-over 50 DNA relationship testing labs that offer services in the U.S.There are only two labs that provide the non-invasive paternity test. Needless to say, this speaks volumes to how new the technology is and how far we need to go.

People in the industry who are not sold on this technology believe that many errors can occur with the current technology used for non-invasive prenatal paternity testing. If you are wondering what the labs who perform this type of paternity test are testing. The labs are testing the unborn child’s fetal cells floating around in the mother’s blood plasma. The DNA will be extracted from both the mother and child. The father’s DNA sample would be collected via buccal swab. It is the process of the floating genetic material in the mother’s blood that may cause some hesitation for some labs to offer this service to the public. Nonetheless

If you want to learn more about the paternity testing process and  please check out my new book currently on Amazon called Are You? Or, Are You Not The Father? The Complete Question & Answer Guide To The Paternity Testing Process.

Garth A. Harvey
Garth A. Harvey

Article written by a 14 plus year DNA Relationship Testing Certified Sample Collector Expert and DNA Testing Consultant.

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