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In order to get the DNA sample from the unborn child, an OB-GYN traditionally uses either of two procedures depending on the stage of pregnancy: chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis. Because both procedures are invasive there are slight medical risks that the mother must discuss with her OB-GYN prior to scheduling a Prentatal DNA test.


Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test:

The safest way to test for paternity before the baby is born.  Due to a new state-of-the-art DNA Testing technology, our partner laboratory can determine paternity with a simple blood draw from both the mother of the unborn child and the alleged father.  This test is performed in the second trimester, anytime after the 9th week of pregnancy.

  • Accurate results within up to 10 business days once samples are received at the lab
  • Safer than an Amnio or a CVS for both the mother and the unborn child
  • As the unborn child’s DNA is naturally found in the mother’s blood, a simple blood draw is all that is needed from the mother and the alleged father.
  • Collection sites convenient to your home or office


DNA Test
of DNA Test
of Sample Collection
Cost of Test 
Amniocentesis $450* $500
– $2,500
– $2,950
CVS $450* $500
– $2,500
– $2,950
– $1,700**
Additional Cost
– $1,700**

*Cost of sample collection varies by physician. CVS and Amniocentesis samples must be collected by a Board Certified physician. Please consult with physician about the risks to you and your unborn child.

**The cost of our non-invasive test is $1,625; however, we also provide special financing options. If you would like to break the cost into payments the total charge will be $1,700.


This test is performed in the second trimester, anywhere from the 14th-20th weeks of pregnancy. During this procedure, the doctor uses ultrasound to guide a thin needle into your uterus, through your abdomen. The needle draws out a small amount of amniotic fluid, which is tested. Risks include a small chance of harming the baby and miscarriage. Other side effects may include cramping, leaking of amniotic fluid, and vaginal bleeding. A doctor’s consent is needed to do this procedure for paternity testing.

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS):

This test consists of a thin needle or tube which a doctor inserts from the vagina, through the cervix, guided by an ultrasound, to obtain chorionic villi. Chorionic villi are little finger-like pieces of tissue attached to the wall of the uterus. The chorionic villi and the fetus come from the same fertilized egg, and have the same genetic makeup. This testing can be done earlier in pregnancy from the 10th-13th weeks. A doctor’s consent is needed to do this procedure for paternity testing.


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What is a Prenatal Paternity DNA Test?

A Prenatal Paternity DNA Test is for those who need to know the paternal relationship before the child is born. Just like a standard paternity test, the prenatal paternity test compares the baby’s DNA profile with that of the alleged father.

Establishing paternity is important to ensure a child’s well being and to fully protect his or her rights. Definitively knowing one’s biological parentage is important for several reasons. It allows access to legal and social benefits, including social security, veteran’s, and inheritance benefits. It provides an accurate medical history for the child, giving the healthcare provider additional insight during diagnosis and in managing the child’s health.It strengthens the bond between father and child.

If there is a question on who the father is, paternity testing should be done as soon as possible. Most states have laws that require an unmarried couple to fill out an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form at the hospital to legally establish who the father. If the couple is unmarried and the mother has not been married in the last 300 days, then no father will be listed on the birth certificate until this legally binding form is filled out. The AOP is sent to the state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics, is recorded, and the father listed becomes the legal father.

After the AOP is signed, couples have a limited amount of time, depending on the state, to request a DNA paternity test to be done and amend the AOP; if this is not done, the father previously listed on the AOP could be held legally responsible for the child even if he is not the biological father.

If the mother is married to someone other than the father of the baby or has not been divorced for over 300 days, her husband is presumed to be the father of the baby. The biological father can only be named the legal father if he fills out an AOP and the husband also signs a denial of paternity. If the husband does not sign the denial of paternity, then either biological parent would need to take action in court to establish true paternity.

During the time that no father is listed as legal father, the baby’s rights are not fully protected. Naming a legal father is vital in ensuring that the baby is eligible for child support, and benefits such as social security, veterans benefits, and health care.

Other Costs and Considerations With CVS/Amniocentesis DNA Sample Collection.

Any OB-GYN sample collection fee for the baby’s prenatal DNA sample is not included in our test fee. An OB-GYN sample collection fee (averaging from $500-$2500) for collecting the baby’s DNA is paid by you directly to the physician. If the mother is having the CVS or amniocentesis sample collected for medical purposes (in addition to paternity), her insurance company may cover this fee.  You must check with your insurance company to verify whether you are covered for this fee.  These additional sample collection fees are not required in the non-invasive prenatal paternity test as your OB-GYN does not need to be involved.

Special Note

Before you consider this type of paternity test you must ask your OB-GYN if they are willing to perform the CVS/amniocentesis and if not, whether your OB-GYN can refer you to another local OB-GYN who is willing to perform the baby’s DNA sample collection.  Many OB-GYN’s will not perform these tests just to run a paternity test due to the risks to the mother and unborn child.  DNA Services of America does not recommend OB-GYN’s.


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