Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing

Why should you consider not performing a prenatal paternity test?

As technology continues to evolve, Many people are intrigued by the advances in technology and with DNA testing it is no different. Prenatal Paternity Testing has been around for a few years.

There are two types of invasive prenatal DNA tests and both require the assistance of an OBGYN.

Amniocentesis – (Can be performed during week 14-20) Risky
Chorionic Villus Sampling – (Can be performed during week 10-13) Risky

Please note, the above two options are high-risk options that may affect the unborn fetus.


Latest Option:
Technology has allowed a few labs to provide a least expensive option then the options stated above that do not carry the same high risk. This option is known as a non-invasive prenatal paternity test. Sample collections are conducted via blood draw (mother) and by blood or buccal swab for the alleged father. The samples are shipped and analyzed by a lab of your choice. This option can be performed as early as the 8th or 9th week into your pregnancy depending on the laboratory you are utilizing.

Best Option:
We recommend waiting for the birth of a child to perform a paternity test if your situation allows. This way you will eliminate the risks the above options may have. Also, waiting until the child is born allows you to perform a proper legal paternity test. 

Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing Pros and Cons

Less expensive than the invasive methods Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling
Much less risk involved
The cost is much less than Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling
OBGYN is not necessary to execute this process.
Testing can begin as early as the 8th or 9th week of pregnancy.

DNA results are currently not accepted by the court or any state institution. This any change in the future.

Technology is fairly new and most DNA labs in the U.S. do not offer this service due to uncertainty about accuracy.

Although the price is cheaper than an invasive prenatal test. Expect to pay a minimum of $1200 and up for this test.

If a mother has already given birth to a child prior to her current pregnancy. Excess fetal DNA from the first pregnancy may skew the result. This particular matter should be talked about with you when you consult with the DNA lab that offers this service.