You are NOT the father — or wait, maybe you are?
Every year, almost 211 million pregnancies begin across the globe. While finding out that a baby is on the way can be exciting, it can also unveil a world of questions. Some of the questions, like determining paternity, require swift, accurate answers.
Alleged fathers and expecting mothers can find themselves asking, “how soon can you get a paternity test?”. After all, not knowing who the father is can have numerous negative side effects.
Did you know that in many states, you can't put the father's name on the birth certificate if you haven’t established paternity? Now knowing who the biological father is can also make the child’s future health care more difficult to maintain.
If you’re ready for answers, you’ll be happy to know paternity tests can happen sooner and faster than ever before. Read on to learn more about when you can get a paternity test and what you can expect.
How Soon Can You Get a Paternity Test?
Having to wait to determine paternity can cause stress and financial hardships. In the past, prenatal paternity tests could only take place once the mother was already in her 13th week of pregnancy.
Today, new advances in technology make it possible to have a prenatal paternity test done at only nine weeks of pregnancy.
Helping Single Mothers
Now that testing can be done sooner, there is more hope for single mothers in America. Did you know that close to half of all the births in the United States happen with single mothers?
To be exact a surprising, 40.3 percent of all births in America, occur without the mother knowing who the father is. Without determining the paternity of the father, single mothers are unable to make any claims for child support. Thanks to prenatal testing, countless mothers are able to legally expect financial support from the child's father.
You’ll be happy to know that both the mother and child will be completely safe during the entire testing process. In the past, there have been tests that could provide risks to the fetus.
This is because the outdated tests required physicians to use a large needle. The needle would pierce the mother's stomach in an attempt to extract amniotic fluid. Old versions of paternity tests did come with a heightened risk of miscarriage.
Luckily for you, the tests available today are more modern and safe. Now the procedure is risk-free and non-invasive.
Recent developments in technology make it possible to extract DNA from the baby by using a sample of the mother’s blood. In addition to getting a sample of the mother's blood, the lab will also require a cheek swab sample from the potential father. With both samples (blood and cheek swab) the lab technicians can compare the baby’s DNA to the one provided by the father.
Test Cost and Turn Around Times
Now that you know more about how the prenatal paternity DNA test works, let’s explore its cost. Here’s a breakdown of the cost of the test and the benefits you’ll be able to enjoy.
- $1,095 Total cost
- 100% Risk-free
- 99% or higher accuracy
- 2-Week turnaround
The cost of the prenatal DNA paternity test used to be close to $1,700. This means you’ll be enjoying roughly $600 in savings when you purchase your kit today. As stated above, the entire testing procedure is risk-free and has a promise of 99 percent or better accuracy.
The prenatal test has the same amount of accuracy as a post-birth paternity test. If you’re in a rush and need a turn around faster than two weeks there are options for you. You can choose to pay an additional fee to have the test results back within as soon as one weeks time.
Are you trying to determine paternity amongst more than one father? If there are two potential fathers you can choose the option labeled “two alleged fathers”. The kit for two fathers will come with an additional cheek swab set up.
Finally, new advancements in technology have also made it possible to determine the gender of the baby. Knowing the gender of your baby is completely optional.
When purchasing the kit online you’ll see right the option for revealing the gender next to the number of alleged fathers. All you have to do is choose yes or no for wanting to learn the gender of the baby.
So far we’ve been addressing the concerns, and information you need to obtain the paternity test and alleviate any worries you might have. Now, you’re ready to start exploring the five-step process that takes place after you’ve already made your purchase.
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect after completing your order for the Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test:
- The DNA kit is immediately sent to the address you provided
- We work with you to make a DNA collection appointment
- Attend the DNA collection
- Overnight samples to the lab
- We contact you with results
We send the DNA kit out immediately after you order it to help minimize any amount of time you might have to wait.
After Placing Your Order
We will be contacting you within 2 hours (during normal business hours) when you place your order. During our phone call, we will inform you of several different DNA collection sites that are close to you.
After we determine what DNA collection site works best for you, we will schedule an appointment for you with the facility. Keep in mind that the appointment will have to be on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. The reason for this is to ensure that the lab will be able to receive the DNA sample the next day.
Next, the mother and alleged father will need to attend the appointment at the DNA collection site. During this time the mother will give two small vials of blood. They will be drawing the blood from her arm. The alleged father will give his DNA sample, using a cheek swab.
After the DNA collection process, the samples are immediately overnighted to the lab using FedEx. The very next day, the lab will begin to process the samples. You can expect the lab to take around nine business days to completely analyze the DNA samples.
The very minute the lab releases the DNA results, we will contact you. When we contact you we will let you know the DNA test report is complete. Then we will email the report to the email address you gave us during the purchasing process.
At Home Options
Now you know the answer to your question, “how soon can you get a paternity test?” For parents who need fast answers, a prenatal paternity test is a wonderful option. What about the parents who don’t need such a quick turnaround time and can wait until after the baby is born?
If your circumstance allows you to wait until the baby is born, you can save money with an at-home DNA paternity kit. We understand that superior service, accurate results, and great prices help us serve our customers the best. That's why Consolidated Lab Testing is proud to be among the top providers of DNA relationship testing.
Check out our at home DNA paternity test, which is only $119. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us using our contact us page.