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If you don't want to wait nine months, paternity can now be safely established before a baby is born with DetectLab's new non-invasive prenatal paternity test. Detect Lab’s test uses a proprietary bioinformatics technology, proven to provide highly accurate DNA testing results from a tiny quantity of DNA - as little as found in a single cell. Detect Lab now delivers the only test available to reliably determine paternity from a maternal blood sample as early as the first trimester. Testing can be done as early as 9 weeks gestation and requires only a blood draw from the pregnant mother and alleged father(s). If you are currently more than 9 weeks pregnant and would like to confirm the father of the pregnancy, this test may help you. Detect Lab’s non-invasive prenatal paternity test is the only non-invasive test that can confirm paternity from a mother’s blood sample in the first trimester. How accurate is the test?
99.9% accurate. The 99.9% refers to the probability that the alleged father contains the genetic markers required of the biological father when compared with over 6,000 random individuals. This conclusion is based on the testing results obtained from analyzing 317,000 individual DNA markers
.Where is the actual analysis performed?
All samples are analyzed at one of the AABB
Accredited laboratories in US.What samples are required to perform testing?
A blood draw from the mother and from all alleged fathers.Is this test covered by insurance?
We wish, but... No. No medical necessity here. Detect Lab
’s focus is on noninvasive prenatal diagnostics from fetal DNA
in mother’s blood. This has led to the development of a noninvasive prenatal paternity test.
Questions regarding paternity during pregnancy are more common than you think. Seeking answers and resolving your concerns has physical, emotional and financial benefits for both you and your unborn child. Detect Lab recommends and offers paternity testing from a laboratory accredited by the AABB. The AABB Relationship Testing Accreditation Program is based on standards for the performance of tests and require laboratories to achieve quality performance.
Why Is Establishing Paternity Important?
Establishing paternity is important to ensure a child’s well being. It can also help protect his or her future.
Determining a biological relationship is important for several reasons:
- To establish legal and social benefits, including social security, veteran’s, and inheritance benefits.
- Provides an accurate medical history for the child, giving the healthcare provider additional insight during diagnosis and in managing the child’s health.
- Strengthens the bond between biological individuals, such as father and child.
- If you are pregnant, most states have laws that require an Acknowledgment of Paternity form to be completed at the hospital to legally establish who the father is. After the AOP is signed, couples have a limited amount of time, depending on the state, to request DNA paternity test and amend the AOP. This form is filed with the Bureau of Vital Statistics and is a legally binding document. If the time allowed for amending this form expires, the father listed as the AOP and birth certificate could be held legally responsible for the child, even if he later proves he is not the biological father.
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Some states require an unmarried couple to have a paternity test to list a father’s name on the birth certificate
. If the mother is married to someone other than the father of the child, the husband can be presumed to be the father and listed on the birth certificate as the legal father, unless otherwise disputed by a paternity test
. If you need a paternity test to ensure the right man is named as the father, call Detect Lab at 1-800-371-2838.Types Of Paternity Testing:Postnatal testing
, after a child’s birth, is done through an umbilical cord collection at the time of delivery or a sample collected at a lab after the baby is released from the hospital. Either a buccal (cheek swab) or a blood collection can be performed. If you need to establish paternity or have questions, please contact the Detect Lab at 1-800-371-2838.
For prenatal testing, or testing done during pregnancy, we have the best option:
Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity
(NIPP): A non-invasive prenatal paternity test is the most accurate non-invasive way to establish paternity before the baby is born
. The process is state-of-the-art, combining the latest technology and proprietary methods of preserving and analyzing the baby’s DNA
found naturally in the mother’s bloodstream. This test requires only a simple blood collection from the mother and alleged father and can be performed any time after the 8th week of pregnancy. The test is 99.9% accurate.
How soon can we start the testing process?DNA testing
can be done as early as the end of the first trimester of pregnancy, starting in 9 with the SNP microarray procedure.Are test results kept completely confidential?
It is a rule of Detect Lab
to keep your results completely confidential. What risk does DNA testing pose to the mother and the developing baby?Non-invasive
SNP microarray procedure poses no to little risk to mom or the baby.
Can an exact date of conception be determined accurately without a paternity test?
Many women have questions about the date of possible conception, and unfortunately figuring this out is not always so easy. The assumption is that if a woman has pretty regular menstrual cycles, then she will be ovulating during a certain time of the month. Ovulation is the time when conception can take place because that is when an egg is made available. The problem is that most women do not ovulate on an exact date each month, and many women have a different ovulation day from month to month.
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If you also take into account that sperm can live in the body 3-5 days after intercourse has taken place, this can make figuring out conception very difficult. Most doctors use the first day of the last period (LMP) and ultrasound measurements to gage the gestational age of a baby and determine when the baby was conceived. But these are just tools used to estimate the dates - it is very hard to tell what the exact date of conception really is. Most people do not realize that ultrasounds can be off up to 5-7 days in early pregnancy and up to a couple weeks off if the first ultrasounds are done farther into the second trimester or beyond.
Due dates are not an accurate tool for determining conception since they also are only an estimation date (only 5% of women give birth on their due dates). If you are seeking the estimated date of conception for paternity reasons, and intercourse with two different partners took place within 10 days of each other, we strongly encourage that paternity testing be done; this testing can be done during pregnancy or after the baby is born. This is the only way to accurately know who the father is.
How much does it cost to establish paternity?
$1999. Prenatal testing is often more costly than testing done after a baby is born because of the additional doctor and hospital-related fees. Some testing sites offer lower cost testing that is non-court-approved, or “curiosity testing. You can reach the Detect Lab at 1-800-371-2838 to discuss any of the options and find more specific costs.
Can I use the DNA test results in court?
Many centers now offer court-approved tests, but also lower cost “curiosity testing.” If you aren’t sure if you will need the results for a court case, it is probably worth the extra cost to go ahead and have a court-approved test done.
Who do I call for Paternity Testing?
There are a number of DNA and paternity testing facilities around the country. You want to make sure you use a facility accredited by the AABB. You may be interested in comparing different testing facilities. Detect Lab performs its tests only at the official paternity testing organization of the American Pregnancy Association. They are actively involved with the AABB and receive APA’s endorsement for their quality services. You can call for more information 1-800-371-2838.