Prenatal DNA Paternity Testing Gives Identity Before Birth
Today's technology allows DNA testing laboratories to determine
the biological father of a child before the child is born. Prenatal
DNA Paternity Testing is the most accurate way of determining
paternity before a child is born. A prenatal DNA test is
simply a paternity test that is done before birth, while the child
is still in the womb.
Accurate results of a prenatal paternity test can be obtained in
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
CVS is a medical procedure conducted by an Ob-Gyn. The ideal
time for performing the procedure is between 9-13 weeks of
pregnancy. CVS is a vaginal procedure that removes a small piece of
the mother's placenta. In order for the prenatal DNA test to take
place the laboratory needs the CVS sample along with DNA samples
from the mother and the potential father. The mother's and father's
sample can be collected using a painless cheek swab.
Amniocentesis is a more common medical procedure than the CVS.
An amniocentesis can be performed by your Ob-Gyn for a variety of
reasons including a paternity test before birth. The ideal time for
an amniocentesis is between weeks 14-24 of pregnancy. During the
procedure amniotic fluid is removed from the mother's womb. The DNA
laboratory will ask for about 5cc of fluid for testing. The
amniotic fluid surrounds the child and contains the child's DNA.
DNA samples from the mother and the father are also needed to
perform the prenatal paternity test.
Information About Prenatal DNA Testing
Both the CVS and Amniocentesis involve some risk. Oftentimes, an
amniocentesis will be requested by your Ob for other reasons, such
as predisposal to disease. This will allow you to request a sample
of fluid. Boston Paternity recommends that you consult your
physician before deciding to purchase a prenatal paternity
When your doctor approves the procedure, Boston Paternity will
provide all necessary paperwork to your doctor's office. Your
doctor will perform the procedures, fill out all the necessary
paperwork, then send the samples to BP for testing.
Medical insurance will not typically cover the cost of a
prenatal DNA test. If the amniocentesis or CVS is necessary for a
separate health issue, then the cost of the procedure may be
The cost of a prenatal test is similar to that of a standard
test. You'll just need to account for any additional doctor
We have prenatal paternity experts standing by to answer any
questions you have.
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