DNA Maternity Test

A DNA Maternity Test is suitable if you want to demonstrate the existence of a biological relationship between an alleged mother and a child. It can provide the definitive answers a family needs in a number of different situations, including:

  • When an adopted child and an adoptive mother are reunited after years of separation and would like to confirm their biological relationship
  • When a mother who conceived a child through in vitro fertilisation would like to confirm that the correct embryo was implanted into her uterus
  • When a family or hospital staff member has concerns that baby switching has mistakenly occurred within the hospital

A maternity test works in much the same way as a paternity test. The child’s genetic profile is compared against that of the alleged mother and an expert DNA analyst examines the profiles for evidence of DNA inheritance from mother to child.


The required participants of a maternity test are the child and the alleged mother. If he’s available, the child’s father is also encouraged to participate. By submitting a DNA sample, the father assists the testing process because the laboratory can eliminate his contribution to the child’s genetic profile and focus on whether the child inherited any DNA from the alleged mother.

If the child’s father is unavailable for testing, we can still perform an accurate and conclusive maternity test.


You have two main options when choosing a Maternity Test:

  • Testing for peace of mind, which produces results that can resolve family relationship questions but cannot be used for legal purposes
  • Legal testing, which produces legally defensible results that are useful for such matters as family law disputes and immigration



If you opt for a Peace of Mind test, we will send you a free sample collection kit. You and the other parties to be tested will collect your own samples following the simple instructions provided. Please note that Peace of Mind test results are not legally defensible.


If you opt for a legal test, your DNA samples will be collected by a neutral third party such as a doctor, a nurse or one of our representatives. This third-party collection is an important element of the chain of custody process, which will ensure that your test results are legally defensible.


Our customer service department is open 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Call our free phone number 01 402 9466 to speak to one of our experts. Outside these hours, please leave a voice message on our answer phone and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email us at info@alphabiolabs.ie

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