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Is is possible to carry out paternity testing before a baby is born? Read our latest expert article to find out…

Paternity testing before the baby is born

AlphaBiolabs’ prenatal paternity testing can determine whether a man is a baby’s biological father before the baby is born. The non-invasive and risk-free test can be performed as early as 5 weeks after conception (or 7 weeks after the last period).

Because a baby inherits DNA from both of its parents, AlphaBiolabs’ prenatal paternity test can identify if a man is the father of a baby by looking at three samples:

  • the pregnant woman’s DNA
  • the alleged father’s DNA
  • and the unborn baby’s DNA

The prenatal paternity test analyses the baby’s DNA that is found within the mother’s bloodstream. The mother only needs to provide a blood sample so there are no side effects or risk of miscarriage. The alleged father simply needs to rub a mouth swab on the inside of his cheek to collect DNA from his cells.

The blood sample will need to be collected by your GP (or another medical professional). Ideally, the blood and mouth swab samples should be collected around the same time to avoid any delays and the risk of the blood samples haemolysing.

When the blood and swab samples are received back at AlphaBiolabs’ laboratory, our scientists recover the DNA and identify which half of the baby’s DNA is inherited from the mother and which half is from the father. If the alleged father is indeed the biological father, both baby and father will share DNA.

The results of the prenatal paternity test are available within 7 days for just €1095. A faster express service provides results in 4 working days for an extra €200.

You can order your prenatal DNA test here.

More information and FAQs on prenatal paternity tests can be read in our Learning Centre article: https://www.alphabiolabs.ie/learning-centre/prenatal-dna-paternity-testing/

Alternatively, please contact our Customer Services team on 0140 29466 or email us at info@alphabiolabs.ie