The prenatal (during pregnancy) paternity test offered at the FGIH uses Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology to analyse the baby’s DNA which is free floating in the mother’s blood from the placenta.
Taking blood from the mother and swabs from the possible father carries no risk of miscarriage and previous pregnancies or miscarriages will not affect the result.
A consent form, blood tubes, swabs and all the required packaging for the safe return of the samples is included in the sampling kit. The kit, the taking of the samples and all postage and packaging required to return it back to the Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub is included in the price.
Previously a paternity test during pregnancy required the collection of a specimen using needles through an amniocentesis or a chorionic villus sample. This is no longer necessary, and you do not need a GP or specialist gynaecologist involved.
Our phlebotomy group will visit you at a location of your choice. The samples are then returned to the laboratory where results will be available 7 working days later. Reports are confidentially released to both parties tested. This test can be performed from 10 weeks of pregnancy.
If the possible father tested is the biological father the result will say it is > 99.9% more likely that he is the father, rather than not. If the result is less than this and the genetic markers do not match the baby the result will mean that the man is NOT the biological father of the baby. There are no other possible results.