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Non-Invasive v. Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing:
A Comparison
 

  Non-Invasive Prenatal
Paternity Test
Invasive Prenatal Paternity Test
Sample

Fetal Cell/ DNA Prenatal Paternity Test

From mother: blood sample.

From alleged father(s): swab, hair or forensic samples (no blood sample necessary).

Amniocentesis: collecting the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus. Guided by ultrasound, an OB-GYN or perinatoligist uses a long needle through the abdomen to collect fluid.

CVS: collecting the chorionic villi that make up the placenta. Guided by ultrasound, an OB-GYN or perinatoligist uses a catheter through the vagina or a long, hollow needle through the abdomen (depending on the position of the fetus) to collect cells.

Time for testing Must be at least 10 weeks pregnant Amniocentesis: between 16th and 22nd week of pregnancy.

CVS: Must be at least 10 weeks pregnant

Tested
parties
Mother and alleged father(s) Mother and alleged father(s)
Accuracy 99+% for inclusions (the alleged father is the biological father of the fetus) and 100% for exclusions (the alleged father is not the biological father of the fetus). 99.99% for inclusions (the alleged father is the biological father of the fetus) and 100% for exclusions (the alleged father is not the biological father of the fetus).
Results 7-9 business days 2 to 10 business days
Health risk associated with procedure There are no health risks for the mother or the fetus. Studies have indicated that the chances for fetal loss are increased by 0.5% for amniocentesis and 1% for chorionic villus sampling compared to the normal pregnancy without the procedures.
Sample collection
fee
The blood collection charge is $80.00 (may be slightly higher in some states). Mother is required to pay a separate physician fee for prenatal sampling (CVS or amniotic fluid) that ranges between $1,000 and $1,500 depending from the collection facility.
Additional fees None There may also be an additional charge up to $500 for a geneticist consultation.
Testing fee $1249 for testing mother and up to three alleged fathers.

Each additional alleged father is $150 (swab or hair sample, forensic extra).

Ranging from $399 to $699 for testing mother and one alleged father.

Each additional alleged father is $150 (swab or hair sample, forensic extra).

Shipment fee $55.00 for FedEx next business day delivery. $55.00 for FedEx next business day delivery.
Travel cost Usually there is no cost because blood collection is arranged through a local medical laboratory. In most cases collection facilities are located in different cities or states. Additional travel expenses (on average $150.00) should be taken into consideration.
Confidentiality Because no doctor involvement is necessary in the testing process, we can guarantee absolute and total confidentiality. Because doctors are heavily involved in the testing process and medical records are created and kept, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.


 

 
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