Prenatal Paternity Testing
- Available from €1095
- Results in 7 working days – or in 4 working days for an extra €200
- Accredited provider of prenatal paternity testing
- 100% risk-free for mother and baby
- Test as early as 7 weeks into pregnancy
- Guaranteed results or your money back
- Convenient sample collection in your chosen location or arrange collection at our Dublin walk-in centre
100% safe, even in early pregnancy
In-house testing at our accredited laboratory
All testing performed at our award-winning laboratory
How do we do our prenatal paternity testing?
Receive 100% accurate results for €1095 with Ireland’s most reliable prenatal paternity test from AlphaBiolabs.
The testing process for a non-invasive prenatal paternity (NIPP) test is based on the same principle as a standard paternity test.
By examining the baby’s DNA together with the parents’ DNA, it is possible to determine which half of the baby’s DNA is inherited from the mother and which half is from the father.
An AlphaBiolabs prenatal DNA test is 100% risk free for mother and baby. Unlike other prenatal paternity tests which involve taking cells from the placenta (chorionic villus sampling or CVS test) or extracting a sample of amniotic fluid (amniocentesis) – both of which carry a small risk of miscarriage – all that is required for a NIPP test is a blood sample from the mother, and cheek (buccal) swabs from the mother and the alleged father.
Please note that this test is for peace of mind only, and is not admissible in court. If you require a prenatal paternity test for use in court, you will need to instruct us for a legal DNA test.
Order your peace of mind prenatal paternity test online now or call 01 402 9466.
How accurate is a prenatal paternity test?
Our prenatal paternity test results are 100% accurate based on the samples we receive.
We also provide at least 99% probability of paternity where the father is confirmed as the biological father.
However, the scientific limitations of prenatal DNA testing mean that in a very small number of tests, a conclusive result isn’t always guaranteed. Although other testing companies may promise guaranteed results, this is not true.
In some cases, the mother’s blood sample may contain insufficient cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from the foetus. This can lead to an inconclusive result.
As an accredited provider of prenatal paternity testing, it is important for us to make you aware of this outcome.
Who choose AlphaBiolabs for your prenatal paternity test?
The nature of prenatal DNA testing means that in 3-5% of cases, foetal DNA never reaches a sufficient level in the mother’s bloodstream for successful testing.
If your test is inconclusive, we’ll perform an additional test free of charge with a newly collected sample, two weeks after the first test. If this test is also inconclusive, we’ll perform a third and final test, also free of charge, after another two weeks. Please note that you are responsible for the cost of all blood sample collections.
If we are unable to provide you with a conclusive result after three test attempts, we promise to refund the cost of your prenatal paternity test. We are the only DNA testing laboratory in Ireland to offer this money back guarantee.
Here are a few more reasons why you should choose AlphaBiolabs for your prenatal paternity test:
- Accredited for prenatal paternity testing
- 100% risk-free for mother and baby
- Only cheek swabs required from the alleged father, plus cheek swabs and a blood sample from mum
- Secure, confidential results in 7 working days – or 4 working days for an additional €200
- Paternity test kit sent directly to your address with discreet packaging
How does a non-invasive prenatal paternity test work?
We’ve done everything we can to make the prenatal DNA testing process as simple as possible.
- Order your test online or call our friendly Customer Services team on 01 402 9466.
- Choose one of the following sample collection options to suit you:
- One of our experienced sample collectors can visit your home, or any place that is convenient for you
- Have your blood sample taken at our Dublin walk-in centre.
- Organise your own blood sample collection with a trained nurse or phlebotomist
- Receive your password-protected results via email.
Get your results in 7 working days for €1095, or upgrade to our express 4-day service for an additional €200.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does the prenatal test work?
What exactly does non-invasive mean?
One of the best ways to explain non-invasive is to look at the opposite approach: an invasive DNA paternity test. The traditional invasive prenatal paternity tests require that cells be obtained from either the amniotic fluid or the placenta.
The non-invasive paternity test uses a simple blood sample from the mother and therefore does not require a needle to be inserted into the womb.
When is the earliest I can take the prenatal paternity test?
How safe is the test? What are the risks?
How accurate is the DNA test?
What are the chances of getting a conclusive result?
In the majority of cases, we provide at least 99% probability of paternity where the father is confirmed as being the biological father.
However, a conclusive result cannot always be guaranteed because of the scientific limitations of non-invasive prenatal paternity testing.
In the unlikely event of inconclusive results, we offer up to two additional tests free of charge (after the mother is at least at 9 weeks into the pregnancy) with newly collected samples. However, you are responsible for the cost of all blood sample collections.
In approximately 3–5% of cases, foetal DNA never reaches a sufficient level for successful testing. This is considered an inconclusive result and we will therefore refund the cost of your prenatal paternity test.
What samples are required?
Is a sample needed from the alleged father?
Yes. We need samples from both the mother and alleged father.
Can the samples be collected at different locations?
The samples do not need to be collected at the same location. However, the samples should be collected around the same time. This reduces the likelihood of the blood degrading in transit, which can render a sample unusable.
What are the options for sample collection?
The blood samples are time sensitive and need to be collected by a trained nurse, a phlebotomist, or an AlphaBiolabs fully trained sample collector. The mouth swabs also ideally need to be collected by an AlphaBiolabs sample collector. Both of these samples can be collected at the same time, or separately, at our Dublin walk-in centre.
What if a re-collection is required?
If the blood or mouth swabs have insufficient DNA then an appointment can be arranged to recollect up to two additional samples. Please note that you will be responsible for the costs of these additional recollections. However, the additional tests themselves will be free of charge. If the testing is still unsuccessful after this time, results will not be possible and we will refund the cost of your prenatal paternity test.
When do I get my results?
Results can be made available in 7 working days depending on the level of service you choose.
Our express service can get your results back to you in just 4 working days (for an additional €200).
How much does the prenatal DNA test cost?
Results can be made available in 7 working days for €1095. An express service to guarantee your results back in just 4 working days is also available for an additional €200.
How do I order a prenatal DNA test?
What is included in the kit?
Our prenatal paternity testing kit includes full instructions, DNA swab packages, swab envelopes, blood tubes, a DNA test request form, and a return envelope.
Please note that needles are not included in the kit. If you book a sample collection appointment with us, we will provide the needles. Otherwise, needles should be provided by your chosen phlebotomist or other medical professional.