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Prenatal paternity testing is a way of determining whether a man is a baby’s biological father before the baby is born. This 100% safe procedure is available in Newcastle.

The non-invasive test works by analysing blood and mouth swab samples only. 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 man’s DNA
  • the pregnant woman’s DNA, and
  • the unborn baby’s DNA.

How does the prenatal paternity test work?

Previously, procedures such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling would have been required to gain a sample of an unborn baby’s DNA. Both of these invasive methods incur a slight risk of miscarriage and can thus potentially harm the unborn child. AlphaBiolabs’ prenatal DNA test does not carry such risks.

The test works by analysing the baby’s DNA within the mother’s bloodstream and can be performed as early as 6 weeks after conception (or 8 weeks after the last period). The mother only needs to provide a blood sample so there are no side effects or risk of miscarriage. The alleged father’s sample simply involves using a mouth swab to collect DNA from his cheek (buccal) cells.

When the samples are received back at our laboratory, our scientists recover DNA from the blood and swab samples. They can then identify which half of the baby’s DNA is inherited from the mother and which half is from the father. If the tested man is indeed the biological father, both baby and father will share DNA. The results are available within 7 days for £875 or our express 4-day service costs an additional £200. In addition, an interest-free credit option is also available upon application.

DNA prenatal paternity testing options in Newcastle

We have three sample collection options for your prenatal paternity tests in and around Newcastle upon Tyne:

  • The blood and mouth swab samples can be collected at our Walk in Centre in Jesmond*.
  • We can arrange for one of our highly trained sample collectors to come to your house, your place of work, or anywhere else convenient to collect your samples.
  • Or you can request a medical professional, such as your GP, take your samples (although there may be a fee for this option).

The blood and mouth swab samples do not need to be collected at the same location, but they should be collected around the same time to avoid any delays and the risk of the blood samples haemolysing.

Got any questions?

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

You can order your prenatal DNA test here or contact our Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300 or email us at info@alphabiolabs.com.

*Our Newcastle Walk in Centre is located at The Osborne Clinic, 22 Osborne Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1JQ

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