About this Test
Scientists have for long known that fetal DNA is present in maternal blood during pregnancy. The NIPPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test) is performed using NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) technology and can be performed starting at your 8th week of pregnancy (which is 6 weeks post conception). We can confirm the paternity of the fetus with 99.9% accuracy.All we require to accurately confirm or exclude paternity is a sample of Maternal Blood (collected via a standard medical blood draw) and either a Blood Sample, Nails or Mouth Swab Samples from the alleged father.A trained professional will need to collect the blood sample required for this test. Upon confirmation of your order, we will email you a recommendation for one of our affiliated Pathology Collection Centres close to you. The sample collection kit will be sent directly to the collector once confirmed. The fee for your sample collection is covered in the test price.How does our NIPPT compare to other tests?1. Our test is absolutely risk-free. We analyse the cell free fetal DNA found in the mother’s blood sample via a simple blood-draw. Other prenatal paternity testing sampling methods such as amniocentesis and chorionic Villus sampling (CVS) are invasive and carry the risk of miscarriage or of harming the unborn child.2. The prenatal paternity test we offer is more cost-effective, less time consuming and simple to carry out. The medical costs of undergoing invasive sample collections like amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus sampling can be relatively high and can take longer to organise and conclude.3. Our test does not require assistance of specialist OBGYN. Amniocentesis and CVS are medical investigations and require assistance of an OBGYN.4. Because we use cell-free DNA in the maternal blood, there is no risk of misdiagnosis or incorrect results due to previous pregnancies or miscarriages. It is important to note that because we use cell-free fetal DNA, our prenatal test is far more accurate and reliable than other non-invasive tests that use whole DNA enclosed in cells (nucleated fetal Cells). The DNA samples are analysed using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and testing is carried out by analysing over 5,000 genetic markers known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).Prenatal Paternity Testing and Baby Gender
You can now add a Gender Test to your order for a special discounted cost, ask us today!It is important that you add this service to your order at the checkout if you would like to know your baby’s Gender as it CANNOT be added once your kit has been dispatched.Results:Our test is the most accurate non-invasive prenatal test for paternity, available worldwide!! Results can be ready in as little as 10-14 working days from the receipt of the samples at the laboratory and will show one of two possibilities:The alleged father cannot be excluded as the biological father. In this case, the tested male is the biological father and we will confirm this with a 99.9% probability.
If the tested alleged father is not the biological father and is excluded as the biological father of the unborn baby we will exclude him with a 100% probability.
The only time we cannot conduct the test is in cases of IVF, if the Mother is expecting twins or if the alleged Fathers are close blood relatives.To view our Terms and Conditions, click here.FAQs
Q: Will the test results indicate the gender of the child?
A: We offer you the option of establishing the gender of the baby in countries where it is legal with our pre-natal paternity test. If you opt to use blood samples for alleged father instead of mouth swabs, we can even confirm the gender of the baby for an additional fee.Our Gender determination is only available with our non-invasive prenatal paternity testing when blood is provided for the alleged father.It is important that you add this service to your order at the checkout if you would like to know your baby’s Gender as it CANNOT be added once your kit has been dispatched.
Should I test both fathers?
A: If the samples for both fathers are available we strongly advise you to send samples for both fathers. There is an additional fee for testing the second father. If the father lives in a different location, Genetic Testing Laboratory can send out a separate kit. There will be a small added fee in such cases.
What samples are collected from the alleged father?
A: This test can only be done with blood samples for the mother. We can test using either Blood, Nails or Mouth Swab Samples from the Alleged Father.
How many weeks pregnant must I be to take the test?
A: The test is performed by analysing the unborn babies DNA found in the Mother’s bloodstream and can be carried out any time starting from the 8th week of pregnancy (or 6 weeks post conception). You can use our pregnancy calculator to help you calculate your dates. We always recommend consulting your gynaecologist or family doctor should you be unsure.
How do I collect my samples?
A: We arrange everything for you. Upon confirmation of your order we will send you a recommendation for one of our affiliated Pathology Collection Centre close to you. We will arrange your appointment with the pathology for you. Your prenatal testing kit will be express posted to the collector and include everything the collector will need to collect your samples as well as all of the necessary documentation which is to be returned direct to our Laboratory for testing. The kit will contain a return paid express satchel for you to send your samples back to us.
Further reading about prenatal testing
A: If you wish to read more about amnniocentesis, CVS and non invasive testing as well as some of the legalities of prenatal testing and paternity, click here