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There are only a few well-established options for obtaining a paternity test before a baby is born. Technically there are three samples that need to be obtained: a sample from the alleged father (AF), a sample of the mother (M) and a sample of the child while in utero. The samples from the AF and M are easy, just non-invasive cheek swabs. For the child, there are basically two options, depending on the choice of the mother, her physician and the timing.

Your Options

Option 1: CVS | Chorionic Villus Sampling:

A small sample of a specific region of the placenta is removed by aspiration; the procedure is followed by ultrasound and must be performed by a physician/obstetrician. The doctor may suggest this procedure to detect if your baby has a higher risk of birth defects.

Usually, CVS is performed between weeks 10 and 13 of the pregnancy.

Should you require this procedure, then the sample can be sent to the laboratory and the DNA profile that is obtained is compared with the DNA profiles of the AF and M – just like any other paternity test.

Option 2: Amniocentesis

A sample of the amniotic fluid is aspirated, followed by ultrasound and must be performed by a physician/obstetrician. The doctor may suggest this procedure to detect if your baby has a higher risk of birth defects.

Usually, amniocentesis is performed between weeks 14 and 19 of the pregnancy.

Should you require this procedure, then the sample can be sent to the laboratory and the DNA profile that is obtained is compared with the DNA profiles of the AF and M – just like any other paternity test.

Risks

Both CVS and amniocentesis are considered invasive procedures and thus they carry a small, but measurable risk of miscarriage or injury to the baby – usually quoted at or about 1% (one percent).
For this reason, most doctors hesitate to perform it for paternity reasons alone. Both of these procedures are most often conducted to identify birth defects and disorders.

Basic Costs

Laboratory costs for prenatal paternity testing are higher than routine paternity tests. Please call for details 1.708.234.1200.

Doctor's Procedure

There are many good websites that describe these medical procedures in detail, WebMD, CDC, etc. Please consult your physician for a thorough discussion of the risks, benefits, issues, and costs of CVS and amniocentesis.

CVS

"Doctors do the CVS test two different ways. Using ultrasound to guide the way, your doctor may insert a small needle into your belly to take a sample of cells from the placenta. Or, your doctor may insert a thin plastic tube through your vagina to get a sample from the placenta. The test can be uncomfortable, but only lasts about 10 minutes." - WebMD

Amniocentesis

"First, the doctor uses ultrasound to locate your baby and pockets of amniotic fluid. Then, the doctor inserts a small needle into your belly to take a sample of amniotic fluid, taking care to keep the needle away from your floating baby. Getting the sample takes about 10 minutes. The test shouldn't hurt, but you will feel some pressure." - WebMD

Conclusion

A prenatal paternity test is a personal decision and one that possibly comes with societal ethical and moral dilemmas attached. For this reason, it is critical to have a solid foundation of information about the options, risks, and costs a prenatal paternity test can have on the mother and the baby. We strongly recommend talking to your doctor. Please do not hesitate to call our office for any additional information on the details of prenatal paternity testing.

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We treat EVERY case with the utmost respect, confidentiality, and sensitivity. Our expert staff will walk you through every step of the way with our free phone consultations. We understand that you have many questions and we’re always here to answer them.

Whether you just want peace of mind or you need legal “proof”, IFI can satisfy your needs. We can handle almost any situation and we will always try to accommodate you.

Our services are offered nationwide and internationally. If you prefer the comforts of your own home, you may also have the option of having a mobile collector paying you a visit at no additional charge. We also provide private At-Home test kits for you to conveniently and discreetly use in your own home.

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IFI provides the lowest prices, fastest results, pain-free sample collection, and testing in a state-of-the-art laboratory. We have a ten-year history of providing both court admissible and private DNA paternity testing.

Your test can be sent to your home via mail, it can be delivered and picked up by our delivery service, or you can go to a convenient testing location to take a paternity test.

Paternity tests have two possible outcomes: 
1. The tested man is not the father. The report will say that the man is excluded as the father.
2. The tested man is the father. The report says that the tested man cannot be excluded as the father of the tested child.

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At IFI, we understand the necessity of getting you the results of the Paternity Test quickly, and that is why we have the fastest results available. Our tests are efficiently processed and analyzed, getting you the results you need to see in just under 3-5 business days. Faster services are available for an additional charge.

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