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

Jan 27, 2020 | Paternity, Prenatal DNA testing

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.


LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW A PRENATAL PATERNITY TEST WORKS >


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.

 

16 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.

      Reply
      • Eden

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

        Reply
        • DDC

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

          Reply
  2. Nic

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

    Reply
  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

    Reply
    • 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!

      Reply
  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.

      Reply
  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.

      Reply
  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.

      Reply

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