Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing: How it Works and What to Expect

Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing: How it Works and What to Expect

  • Bryan Thornberg

You're committed to giving your baby a happy, wonderful life -- and the strongest relationship possible with both of its parents. 

But if you're pregnant and unsure about your child's paternity, or if you're a father-to-be who has doubts, you don't want to have to wait until your child is born to know for sure. 

Prenatal paternity testing is the solution. 

But is it safe and accurate? What are the benefits of knowing sooner?

In this post, we'll tell you everything you need to know about non-invasive prenatal paternity testing. 

Read on to learn how it works, why many choose it over traditional paternity tests, and where you can go to find testing kits from an accredited lab. 

You don't have to spend another month wondering about the paternity of your child, or worrying that you're not actually the baby's father.

It's time to get the answers you -- and your baby -- deserve.

What Is a Prenatal Paternity Test?

A prenatal paternity test is just what it sounds like: a way to prove or disprove paternity before a child is born. 

The mother's blood sample serves as the basis for determining paternity, as the baby's DNA is contained in the mother's bloodstream.

Once there is enough of the baby's cell-free DNA floating in the mother's blood (usually anywhere from 7-9 weeks) the test can be performed. At this stage, the baby's DNA can easily be separated from that of the mother. 

Once the sample is taken from both the mother and the father, the child's DNA is compared to the potential father's. 

No needles, no invasive procedures, and no risk to the mother and baby.

Then, you'll both have your answer

The results of a prenatal paternity test are 100% accurate, just as with a traditional paternity test. However, we understand that, because pre-birth testing isn't as common, some people may want extra reassurance. 

That's why we also provide an optional second paternity test after the baby is born. This is an excellent way to get complete peace of mind and prevent any disagreements and paternity disputes in the future. 

Why Choose Prenatal Paternity Testing?

So, why should you opt for pre-birth paternity tests as opposed to waiting until your child is born? 

It's not just about peace of mind, securing paternity as early as possible, and knowing that you have the right name on your baby's birth certificate. 

When compared with a more traditional paternity test, a prenatal paternity test is a much more affordable option. You're likely already concerned about how you're going to afford the cost of a child. You don't need any more financial strain. 

It's also a much safer option.

Many medical paternity tests, especially ones like chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis, do carry a certain amount of risk. This is because, depending on the specific test, a needle may need to be inserted into the woman's abdomen and uterus. This can, in rare cases, harm the mother and/or the baby. 

Even if no harm is done to the child, the mother may have to deal with unpleasant side effects like vaginal bleeding and cramping. 

In contrast, non-invasive prenatal testing procedures usually only require a blood sample from the mother and mouth swab from the father. Prenatal tests are 100% risk-free. 

Of course, we know that you want to be able to get the paternity results as soon as possible.

The good news is that prenatal paternity testing can be done as early as nine weeks from the date of conception. This gives both the mother and father plenty of time to plan. You usually find out the results in as little as two weeks. However, if you need to know sooner, you may be able to get your results in a single week.

Prenatal paternity testing doesn't just tell you whether or not the suspected father is the biological father of your baby. It can also tell you about your baby's gender. You can opt to receive the news when you get the results of the paternity test.

The Psychological Benefits of Prebirth Paternity Tests

Now that you know the basics of how prenatal paternity testing works, let's take a closer look at the emotional benefits they offer. 

Even if you aren't currently on the best of terms with the mother or father of your child, you need to do everything you can to stay calm throughout the pregnancy. 

This is especially important for mothers, as excessive anxiety during pregnancy can harm your child's brain development within 17 weeks.

Additionally, once you're sure about the paternity results, the father of the child will feel much more comfortable spending time with the mother during the pregnancy.

They may express an eagerness to become involved in things like decorating a nursery, researching different parenting styles, or helping the pregnant mother with groceries and other errands. 

Once the baby is born, the father will have a much easier time emotionally connecting with the child knowing for certain it's theirs. 

It's important to remember that finalizing paternity results isn't just beneficial for the mother and father. In the future, it will help your child to feel more secure, as well. They'll know who their father is, have a better grasp of their cultural background, and benefit from having both parents in their lives -- whether or not their parents are still in a relationship. 

Why You May Need Prenatal DNA Testing

There are countless reasons why you may need to take a paternity test while pregnant. 

From making sure you have evidence to collect child support payments to working with insurance claims, you can use the results of a paternity test to help you legally and financially. 

The same holds true for parties who have been legally proven not to be the father of a child. 

Just make sure that you study up on whether or not your state allows prenatal DNA test results to be used in court. You may need to purchase a court admissible home kit or follow the legal test requirements. 

Child Support and Prenatal Paternity Testing 

First of all, having proof of paternity can help you to provide the courts with legal evidence in order to get child support payments. If you suspect you're not the father of the child, the results of these tests can also help you to avoid having to make child support payments for a child that isn't yours. 

You need to understand that while collecting DNA samples from a suspected father without their knowledge or consent will tell you whether or not they are the father, you can't use those results in court. 

You must have the father's consent to be tested in order to prove paternity results to a court of law. 

As long as the suspected father signs the Chain of Custody form, the results are admissible in court. Even if the suspected father of your child resists a court-mandated paternity test with an appeal, the courts can overrule that decision and ensure he undergoes the paternity test. 

Once he signs the Chain of Custody form, the results of the prenatal paternity test can be used as evidence in court by either party. 

If you take the test before the child is born, both of you will save yourselves a significant amount of stress and ensure you have the funds you need to raise your child. 

An Accurate Medical History

We know you want to do everything possible to ensure your child is getting the proper medical care and attention -- even while they're still in the womb. 

Once you establish paternity, you'll have a much clearer picture of the potential health complications that your child may face in the future.

A prenatal paternity test can help doctors understand the baby's risk for potential birth defects, help you decide which sort of genetic testing you'd like to do on your child, and even give you a head start as parents on medical conditions you may need to prepare for or aim to prevent. 

You can also begin to educate yourself about the signs to watch out for if your child is at risk for a serious disease or condition. The sooner you're able to recognize these signs and get help, the higher quality of life your child will be able to enjoy. 

Social Benefits and Insurance

In addition to child support payments, knowing who the child's father is as soon as possible also ensures they'll get the social benefits they need. 

This may include things like veteran's benefits, social security benefits, and a potential estate division in the future. 

Proof of paternity is also required for those who plan on adding a child as a beneficiary of the father's insurance. Insurance companies accept DNA results as proof of paternity. 

Securing Future Parental Rights

Knowing the results of a paternity test before birth also helps fathers to protect their parental rights after the baby is born. 

Once you're legally named as a child's father, you are entitled to visitation rights, full or partial custody, and will play a financial and emotional role in raising your child. 

You'll also have plenty of time to develop a fair custody agreement if you and the mother of your child are not currently in a relationship. This can make things much easier once the child is born. 

You can draw up a visitation schedule, create a list of your paternal responsibilities, come up with ways to resolve disagreements without taking the issue to court in the future, and much more. 

You may wish to meet with a legal professional to help you and the mother of your child draw up a clear and fair custody agreement

About Our Prenatal Paternity Testing Kits

Let's quickly go over what you can expect from our prenatal paternity testing kits. 

To place your order, first determine the number of kits you need.

This will likely depend on the number of potential fathers that you're dealing with. You can also opt in or out of learning the baby's gender when you place your order. You'll then choose whether or not you'd like the follow-up test once the child has been born. 

We offer both a 100% satisfaction and 30-day money back guarantee, because we're confident that you'll love our products. 

We're committed to protecting your privacy, which is why we use SSL transaction methods to keep your information secure. 

If the mother and potential father(s) don't live in the same city, then an appointment, if needed, can be arranged based on each party's location. 

You can call to speak to a live representative at any time should you have questions about the ordering process. Usually, we will send you your results over email. Our price also includes any shipping and lab fees, so you don't have to worry about getting hit with a hidden charge later on. 

Finally, we're proud to use labs with AABB Accreditation and more. We have excellent standards and follow strict guidelines to ensure that you get the best possible service and results. 

So, are you ready to order a prenatal paternity testing kit? 

Is Prenatal Paternity Testing Right for You?

We know that having any amount of uncertainty about the father of your child -- or if you really are the father -- is incredibly stressful. 

You shouldn't have to wait to get the answers you need, and you deserve plenty of time to move forward with next steps no matter what the results say. 

We're here to help. 

Place your order for a prenatal paternity testing kit today. 

If you've already had your baby, we also offer standard paternity tests kits in addition to other DNA test kits to determine siblingship, grandparentage, and even aunt/uncle lineage. 

You deserve support, fast and accurate results, and above all, peace of mind. 

Together, let's make sure you get it.