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Can You Get a DNA Test Before the Baby is Born or While Pregnant?

Aug 28, 2020 | Paternity

Can you get a paternity test before the baby is born?

Many new parents choose to use at-home paternity testing kits to determine the paternity of their child following the birth, but there are many reasons why they may want to confirm the biological father of the child before the baby’s born. If you have been giving thought to getting a DNA test before the baby is born, you have several options to choose from. There are two choices that are considered “invasive,” and pose some risk to the baby; they are amniocentesis and CVS. If the only reason you would get either of these tests is to determine paternity, then you may want to rethink these options, because—thankfully—with today’s modern DNA technology and techniques, you have a completely safe and non-invasive option.

Can You Get a DNA Test Before the Baby is Born?

You can get a DNA test before the baby is born with a non-invasive prenatal paternity test , which can be performed by DNA Diagnostics Center anytime after the 7th week of pregnancy. All it requires is a cheek-swab DNA sample from the possible father and a small blood sample from the mom, so it doesn’t pose any kind of risk to the mother or baby. The technology is extremely reliable and can be depended on to return a 99% or higher probability of paternity if the man tested is considered the biological father or a 0% probability of paternity if he is not. Not all companies’ prenatal paternity tests are created the same, however: The DDC test is the only one accredited by the AABB and therefore maintains the highest standards for excellence in testing. 


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Why You May Want to Choose a DNA Test Before the Baby is Born

A prenatal paternity test can be a better choice than a postnatal one for some expectant mothers. Here are 5 reasons why.

1. To Lessen Stress during Pregnancy

You can never eliminate all stress from life, whether you’re pregnant or not. However, many studies confirm that constant stress can have direct negative effects on an unborn child. In an online article from WebMD, OB/GYN Ann Borders, MD, from Evanston Hospital in Illinois says, “…higher chronic stressors in women may be associated with lower birth weight and with delivering earlier.” Not knowing who the father of your child is the very definition of a high stressor, so getting answers through a prenatal paternity test can really help take a load off your mind.

2. To Help Make Relationship Decisions Prior to Birth

Do you want to commit to creating a lasting relationship with the father of your baby? If there are two or more possible fathers in the picture, a prenatal paternity test can help you find the answers you need to make decisions about personal ties. Waiting till after the baby’s born can complicate this process considerably, which is an important factor to consider.

DID YOU KNOW? Certainty™ by DDC is the first and only prenatal paternity test accredited by the AABB.

3. To Get your Legal Ducks in a Row Early

If you anticipate not sustaining a relationship or pursuing a legal union with the biological father after the birth of your baby, you may want to get a head-start on taking care of legalities that can financially protect you and the child. With results from a prenatal paternity test in hand, you’re prepared to make pre-arrangements for child support, custody, etc.

4. To Involve the Biological Father in Birth Preparations

There’s so much to do to get ready—from participating in birthing classes to doctor’s appointments to buying a crib! If you want the financial and/or emotional support of the biological father through the necessary ins and outs of preparing for baby, then you may want to confirm paternity as soon as possible instead of waiting till later.

5. To Have the Right Person by your Side When Giving Birth

Giving birth is an intensely intimate and perhaps spiritual experience. When bringing a new little person into the world, it may be important to you to have the biological father either with you in the delivery room or waiting outside. When you do a paternity test while pregnant, you can have confidence that the right person is participating in the birth and signing the baby’s birth certificate.

Final Thoughts about a Prenatal Paternity Test

You may have your own very different reasons for considering getting a paternity test while pregnant. Whatever those may be, be sure to choose a highly-accredited and respected paternity testing lab with years of experience and the best reputation in the industry. A prenatal test costs considerably more than a postnatal one, so you want to be sure you can trust results.

Call us for a FREE confidential consultation at 800-929-0847: We’re here to help.

Do you have questions or comments about prenatal paternity testing? Share in the comments and we’ll answer.

 

57 Comments

  1. Aarti

    Cost of DNA test before birth

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    • DDC

      Hi, Aarti. It’s $1,699 and we have payment plans available.

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      • Eden

        I’m interested in more information about non invasive prenatal dna testing and payment plans.

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        • DDC

          Hi, Eden. Please call a DNA specialist directly for more information at 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8 am to 8 pm Eastern).

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          • Ratnakar

            DNA testing of New born baby

          • Emily

            I need a cheapest way to do a DNA test while pregnant

          • DDC

            Hi, Emily. With prenatal testing of any kind, including paternity, you get what you pay for. Be very wary of cut-rate prenatal paternity tests; their science is often unsound. The DDC test is AABB accredited. For more info, contact us at 800-681-7162 for a free consultation.

        • Shamar

          Cost of DNA test before birth.plus i need a location in florida

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          • DDC

            Hi, Shamar. Please contact us directly for pricing and locations at 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern).

      • Lillian

        Is it still this price?

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        • Jackie

          Are pre natal paternity tests still very expensive? I see a quote of $1660.

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      • Shaunika

        Where and how can I get a dna test while im pregnant and how much does it cost

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        • DDC

          Hi, Shaunika. We don’t put pricing in blog comments since prices might change in the future. Please contact us directly at 800-929-0847 (M-F, 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern).

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    • Sophia

      I need a DNA test before my child’s born

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      • DDC

        Hi, Sophia. Contact us at 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern).

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        • Jc

          Clovis, New Mexico?

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          • DDC

            Jc, call us directly for locations at 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern).

  2. Nic

    Pano po yung procedure ng paternity and DNA Test kung si baby nsa womb pa?

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  3. Abhishek

    What is the minimum age of baby before birth to have DNA test

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    • DDC

      Hi, Abhishek. For prenatal testing, the woman must be at least 7 weeks pregnant.

      Reply
  4. john

    so me and my girl friend. have been trying to have a baby.back in march she spotted a little bleed. ten stopped. 2 days later a little bleed . then she cheated on me, now she is pregnet . was she maybe already pregnet need help with answer if yes naybe how long do u think . she dont go back in to do more blood work till july 8th she went 2-3 weeks ago did blood work would u be able to tell maybe how long ago she was like 52000 what ever that means thanks hope to here from u soon

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    • DDC

      Hi, John. Whether or not she was pregnant in March is a question best answered by her medical provider. However, if you’re questioning paternity, we do offer our prenatal paternity test or you can test after the baby’s born. All the best!

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  5. Danielle

    To do a non invasive paternity test do you need the potential dad ? Or can I just get a sample with out him knowing? Because he wouldn’t know I’ll be doing it .

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    • DDC

      Hi, Danielle. For this test, we must have a cheek-swab DNA sample from the possible father.

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  6. jessica

    how long does it take to get results?

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    • DDC

      Hi, Jessica. Results are posted within 7 business days after samples are received here at the lab.

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  7. Lashawanda

    I took a non invasive prenatal paternity test and it said he is a match but we took a court ordered test three child support and it said 0% possibly. How is that possible

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    • DDC

      Hi, Lashawanda. It isn’t possible if the same DNA was submitted for both the prenatal and the postnatal tests. I see you did not do your prenatal test with us…I suggest you contact the lab from which you purchased the test and start asking questions.

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    • Sara

      I want to take a dna test while still pregnant. Can I take my husband sample or do he needs to be present to do it ?

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      • DDC

        Since his sample is a cheek swab, you can do it at home. But keep in mind if you think you might need it for legal reasons, then his DNA collection needs to be witnessed.

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  8. Angelica

    What if the alleged father is deceased?

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    • DDC

      Hi, Angelica. We have options for that situation. Please contact us directly at 800-681-7162 (M-F, 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time).

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      • Maria

        Hi my name is Dolores my son and daughter- in – law are getting a divorce and is pregnant with twins.She is telling my son that she is not giving the baby’s his last name or will not let him in there lives . How can we get a DNA for him to use for court to be able to have the baby’s in are lives

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        • DDC

          Hi, Maria. You didn’t mention what state he lives in, but since the babies were conceived during the marriage, your son is most likely considered the legal father and has the right to fight to be in the twins’ lives. I suggest he consults with a family-law attorney first. If it’s decided a DNA test is needed, we are the experts in paternity testing with court-admissible results. He should call 800-929-0847 to get the ball rolling.

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  9. joan

    my son girlfreind who already had one child taken away from her is now saying she pregant by my son but has already contacted the social security office demanding his check for the prenatal care how is this possible when there is no dna done and has tolded us we will not be able too see the baby

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    • DDC

      Hi, Joan. You should contact a family-law attorney, but my understanding is she has no grounds for making any legal claim for paternity regarding your son without a DNA test.

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  10. Jessica

    How do you compare the fathers dna to that of the baby when you are only asking for his swab and the mother’s blood?

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  11. Melanie

    So I went back to get my blood work done again. I’m doing a non-invasive test. What are my chances that this time around will help them determine. I’m currently 10 weeks. I went for retest at 9 weeks and 6 days.

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    • DDC

      Hi, Melanie. The chances of your having enough free-floating fetal DNA in your blood for testing generally increases as your pregnancy moves along. So your chances are good.

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      • Holly

        Hello, so I’m scheduled to go in for a 3rd time now to draw blood. For a prenatal test. How many times could it take before I can get results?

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        • DDC

          Hi, Holly. Every woman is different, and in unusual instances (like yours), it takes longer for there to be enough free-floating fetal DNA in the bloodstream to complete testing. Some women never have enough, which can be due to a variety of reasons, but it’s not related to the health of the pregnancy. Hopefully for you, third time’s a charm. There is no set number of times for attempting the test, but usually one of our PhDs will let us know if it appears a woman is not going to be a good candidate.

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          • Julissa

            I am 15 weeks pregnant and wanting more info on prenatal dna testing, how long results take, and payment plans. I am located in Dallas, Tx.

  12. Mya

    Hi, do you guys have a location in Chicago Illinois? & how can I get started with an non invasive paternal dna test?

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  13. Betsy

    After submitting the noninvasive test (blood from mother; cheek swab from potential father), are the results kept confidential where only the mother is told if the father was a match or not?

    I wouldn’t want either of the men to be told by anyone but myself in a private setting.

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    • DDC

      For a non-chain test, results are only made available to the person who created login credentials.

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  14. Michelle

    How are samples verified for non legal test ?

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    • DDC

      Hi, Michelle. For non-legal testing, the test participants are responsible for ensuring the correct DNA is submitted for testing. They can do this by watching each other swab and maintaining custody of the samples right up until they are mailed to the lab. The only verification the lab can do is to determine whether the samples submitted are for a male or female. If samples submitted are for a female when they are supposed to be for a male, testing is suspended without issuing results and we reach out for new samples.

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  15. Courtney t

    I had my test results come back and the gender was correct but I’m very worried about the results of the test. How do I know that this test is 100% accurate?

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    • DDC

      Hi, Courtney. You can be sure the result of your test is correct for the samples we were provided to test.

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  16. Lee

    How many swabs are taken from the father for non invasive testing ?

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    • DDC

      Hi, Lee. We generally use four (4).

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      • Lee

        So if I did the non invasive test. 4 swabs would have been sent in?

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        • DDC

          Our kits include four (4) swabs, yes.

          Reply

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