Prenatal Test with Amniocentesis or CVS
Paternity testing can be performed by obtaining the child's DNA through either an amniocentesis or CVS sample. The most common is the amniocentesis, which is usually ordered by an OB. These methods produce accurate paternity results, but do present a risk of miscarriage.
What is a prenatal paternity test?
A prenatal paternity test is a method used to establish paternity while pregnant. Postnatal methods, such as Buccal swabs and umbilical cord testing require that a baby be born before paternity can be established. Prenatal methods, such as Aminiocentesis and Chorinoic Villus Sampling (CVS) can be performed as early as 9 weeks after conception.
Why should I establish paternity?
There are many reasons why someone may want to establish paternity. The basic answer is to determine the father of a child as early as possible, perhaps even before the baby is born. More complex reasons may include access to legal and social benefits, establishing accurate medical histories, and perhaps simply to strengthen the family bond, particularly between a father and child.
How exactly does a prenatal paternity test work?
A prenatal test with Amniocentesis or CVS, can be performed by obtaining fetal tissue (cells) through either an amniocentesis or CVS sample which is usually ordered by an OB. Once the samples are collected-collected by an OB-GYN from the amniotic fluid surrounding the developing fetus (amniocentesis) or from the placenta (CVS) plus from cheek swabs from the mother and possible father-they are sent to the laboratory for analysis. These methods produce accurate paternity results, but do present a slight risk of miscarriage.
How long does it take to get the results of the test?
You will receive results within 5-7 business days from the time the samples are received at the laboratory.
*Residents of CA, MD, NY States require the testing to be ordered by a licensed healthcare provider in your state. Please include a prescription for testing when sending in your sample.