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Non invasive prenatal paternity test
- Includes sampling at a location of your choice
- Completely safe to mother and baby, no risk of miscarriage
- Testing from 10 weeks of pregnancy
- Confidential results in 7 working days
- Testing performed in a UK Forensic Genomics laboratory using highly
sensitive and accurate technology for human identification
- Confidential counselling upon request
Price: Includes free postage and packaging
The prenatal paternity test offered at the FGIH uses Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology in our new advanced forensic genomics laboratory to analyse fetal DNA present in the mother’s blood.
Taking blood from the mother and swabs from the father carries no risk of miscarriage and previous pregnancies or miscarriages will not affect the result. This exact test is aimed at identifying people from trace amounts of human DNA at crime scenes with forensic scientists well trained in interpreting the results.
A consent form, blood tubes, swabs and all the required packaging for the safe return of the samples. The sampling kit, the taking of the samples and the return postage back to the Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub is all included.
Previously a paternity test during pregnancy has involved the use of 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 both 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.
Whilst this type of DNA test can be performed as early as your 7th week of pregnancy (5 weeks past conception) the Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub strongly advises against testing this early (see FAQs).
If the probability that the father tested has the genetic markers required of the biological father the result will say it is greater than 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 be a paternity exclusion. There are no other possible results.
How our Service Works
Order and pay
Order and pay online, confirmation of your order will be sent to you as well as a notification to the phlebotomist to contact you and arrange for the collection of the samples.
DNA is extracted
Fetal DNA is extracted from mother’s blood, along with mother’s DNA, and DNA from the father’s swab containing his DNA from cells inside his cheek.
Analyse and compare
A forensic expert will analyse and compare the profiles and the report will be issued back by email to both parties within 7 working days.