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Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing
Pre-Test & Testing
What is a prenatal paternity test?
A prenatal paternity test establishes paternity while pregnant. The DDC Certainty™ Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test, which uses the SNP microarray method, is the most accurate test available—and ours is the first and only prenatal paternity test accredited by the AABB. Because it’s non-invasive, the test is completely safe for mother and pregnancy.
How does a prenatal paternity test work?
The DDC Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test is the most accurate non-invasive way to determine paternity before a baby’s birth. The DDC process is state-of-the-art, combining the latest in DNA SNP microarray technology and paternity-determining algorithms. The baby’s DNA is found naturally in the mother’s bloodstream. The test requires a blood sample from the mother; then with our unique processing, the baby’s DNA is isolated from the mothers and compared to the DNA taken from the possible father. A probability of paternity is determined, and a report is then produced.
How accurate is a non-invasive prenatal paternity test?
At DDC we provide at least a 99.9% probability on prenatal paternity tests. A prenatal test is just as accurate as a postnatal test.
Why should I establish paternity while pregnant?
A main reason to establish paternity while pregnant is to determine the father of a child as early as possible. More complex reasons may include access to legal and social benefits, establishing accurate medical histories, ensuring the biological father is involved in the pregnancy, and perhaps simply to strengthen the family bond, particularly between a father and child. We’re ready to help. Call us at 800.681.7162.
Can I use the prenatal paternity test results in court?
Results from a prenatal paternity test can be used in court as long as samples were obtained using a chain-of-custody process. Non-legal testing is also an option. Not sure which is right for your unique situation? Call our experts at 800.681.7162.
What is the earliest I can get a paternity test while pregnant?
The DDC prenatal paternity test can be performed as early as 7 weeks after conception.
How long does it take to get results for a prenatal paternity test?
Results are posted 7 business days after samples are received at the lab. 3-day results once samples arrive at the lab are available for an additional fee.
How will I receive my results?
For security reasons, we do not send a copy of your results via email. Instead, a PDF report can be downloaded from your secure online account on our website. We immediately send a notification email to the address on file as soon as the online report is ready to view. For a legal paternity test, all tested parties receive a hard-copy of the report as long as mailing addresses are given in writing.
Does a legal prenatal paternity test report have names of participants on them?
Yes, because a chain-of-custody process has been followed and the identities of participants have been independently verified. There are no names on non-legal test reports.
What do test results look like, and how do I interpret them?
We follow all paternity-test guidelines for the language used in the report. For this reason, your paternity test results will say whether the possible father IS EXCLUDED or IS NOT EXCLUDED as the biological father of the child tested.
- IS EXCLUDED: Means that he cannot be the father because testing determined that he and the child do not share a biological parent/child relationship.
- IS NOT EXCLUDED: Means that he is likely to be the biological father because testing determined that he and the child do share a biological parent/child relationship with a high degree of probability.
IMPORTANT: Because we test up to 2,000 data-points—instead of the standard 20 for a postnatal test— the report provides a conclusion only and does not include all genetic data.
Does the report include information about the pregnancy other than paternity?
No; this test gives results for paternity only, with optional gender identification.
The report mentions Natera, Inc. Who are they?
How much does a prenatal paternity test cost?
Call us directly for information about pricing and current specials: 800.681.7162
Is a prenatal paternity test covered by health insurance or Medicaid?
Because this is not a clinical diagnostic test, paternity testing of any kind is not covered by health insurance or Medicaid.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept the following forms of payment:
- American Express
- Pre-paid credit cards
- Western Union Quick Collect
- Money orders
- Cashier’s checks
- Personal checks (with the payer’s driver’s license number written on the check’s memo line)
- Checks by phone (U.S. patients only)
Do you have payment plans?
As part of our mission to make the best DNA testing services accessible and affordable, we offer flexible payment plans to individuals who need time to pay for their tests. To learn about our payment plans, call us at 800.681.7162.
Do you protect my privacy?
We take our customers’ privacy very seriously: both for your case and your DNA data.
- We will not release any information about your case to anyone without your authorization.
- We will always follow any special instructions you give us for communicating with you or other parties involved in your test.
- We never release test results over the phone.