Get answers before your baby is born.
You’ve just discovered you’re expecting. Did you know paternity testing while pregnant is possible, as early as 7 weeks’ gestation?
With DDC, it’s painless, fast, and guaranteed to be accurate.
Paternity questions during pregnancy can be stressful. Fortunately, there’s a solution that can give you peace of mind before your baby’s born—and it’s completely safe.
DDC’s technologically-advanced Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity (NIPP) Test gives you accurate paternity answers without any risk to the baby or to you.
- Testing as early as 7 weeks’ gestation
- Choose results: legal or peace-of-mind
- Convenient appointments to suit your schedule
- Optional gender determination
DDC’s test is the only one that has been validated and published, so you can trust our results.
Is it really possible to get a baby’s DNA from the mother’s blood sample? Yes! As shown in the illustration below, the fetal DNA combines with the mother’s DNA by passing through the placenta into the mother’s bloodstream.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a non-invasive prenatal paternity test?
A non-invasive prenatal paternity test is a way to determine who the father is before the baby is born. While the mom is pregnant, the DNA profile of the baby is determined from free-floating fetal cells found in the mom’s blood sample. The baby’s profile is compared to the DNA profile of the man tested—his DNA is collected by a simple mouth swab. A report is then generated to show if the man tested is or is not the biological father.
How does a prenatal paternity test work?
A prenatal paternity test uses cell-free DNA from the developing fetus floats freely in the bloodstream of the pregnant mother. This DNA can be found as early as the 8th week of pregnancy. With our exclusive technology that has been published in Genetics in Medicine, DDC develops a DNA profile of the fetus’s DNA and compares the profile to the DNA profile of the possible father.
What does “non-invasive” mean”?
Until recently, the only way to test for paternity while pregnant was to collect amniotic fluid via a long needle, which is an “invasive” procedure that presents a risk to the baby. “Non-invasive” means there is no need to intrude in the baby’s safe environment to test for paternity. Instead, we collect only a blood sample from the mom’s arm, and a cheek-swab sample from the father.
Will a previous pregnancy affect the outcome of a test?
No, a previous pregnancy will not affect the outcome of a non-invasive prenatal paternity test. Once a child is born, the cell-free fetal DNA disappears from the mother’s bloodstream within hours; therefore previous pregnancies will not interfere with a current prenatal paternity test.
Are there differences between DDC’s test and other companies’ tests?
Yes, there are many differences between DDC’s test and other companies’ tests. Here are the Top 3:
- Patient Care: Our prenatal specialists guide you through testing and are available to answer questions every step of the way—helping our clients with an average of 10+ years’ experience.
- Testing Accuracy: DDC maintains seven (7) laboratory accreditations, reflecting our commitment to quality and accuracy. You can be sure we’re second-to-none in providing customers with the most trusted test available today.
- Full-Circle Test Management: DDC does not farm out our testing or our services. All stages of testing happen here in our state-of-the-art lab, so we have complete control over the quality of services provided.
Quick Tip: Choosing the Best Lab for Prenatal Paternity Testing
Your paternity test is important, and can be a factor in making critical life choices.You may find companies online advertising cheap non-invasive prenatal paternity tests. Beware of these claims, and ask to see the actual published research supporting these tests. If a company is offering a free post-birth test, this means they don’t stand behind the quality of their prenatal test. DDC’s NIPP testing involves the most advanced scientific methods and DNA high-sequencing instruments. DDC is one of the most trusted laboratories in the world, capable of delivering quality results to our most important client–YOU.
About DDC’s Non-Invasive Paternity Test
As DDC’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Michael Baird has overseen millions of paternity tests since 2001 and was instrumental in developing today’s NIPP used exclusively at DDC. He’s also been the trusted expert for many high-profile cases, including the Anna Nicole Smith case in 2007 and the Prince paternity test in 2016.
Learn more about this published study featuring DDC’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Michael Baird: DNA Isolated from Maternal Plasma
The NIPP test offered by DDC uses state-of-the-art technology combined with a rigorous bioinformatics analysis to provide accurate and reliable results. DDC is the only NIPP provider that confirms the alleged father from all testing. This confirmation step is a cornerstone of AABB standards. The bioinformatics pipeline evaluates the data generated for quality, and metric thresholds are used to evaluate test results; reports are issued only if all thresholds are achieved. The DDC NIPP test can also provide gender information. Lastly, DDC has an expedited service that can provide results in five days from the date of sample receipt.
In the laboratory, the NIPP testing is performed by an experienced, dedicated group of technologists using next-generation sequencing technology. Controls are included in all testing to ensure reliability. Each case is evaluated and signed out by a PhD trained specifically in the technology and NIPP data analysis. This combination of professional personnel provides ensurance of superior quality.
—Dr. Michael Baird