What is a maternity DNA test?
Maternity DNA testing determines whether a woman is the biological mother of a child. Similar to a DNA paternity test, it compares a child’s DNA pattern with that of the alleged mother to determine the probability of likelihood that the child has inherited the DNA from the alleged mother.
In a maternity test, only the child and the alleged mother are tested. Our maternity test is 100% accurate and provides conclusive results regarding the relationship.
Maternity tests may be needed for many reasons
-To confirm that an adoptee has been reunited with his/her birth mother
-To prove biological relationships in immigration cases
-To confirm that an embryo conceived through in-vitro fertilization was implanted into the correct mother
-To resolve situations in which mothers or hospital staff suspect that a baby mix-up has occurred in the nursery
How much does a maternity DNA test cost?
A DNA test may well be the most important test you will ever take. Bio-Gene DNA guarantees the highest quality testing at the most affordable prices. We process thousands of DNA samples every year for lawyers, physicians, adoption agencies, and private individuals.
Your cost will depend on serveral factors, with the most important one being who is available to test.
Your choices are outlined in the fee schedule below. In addition, each private test has two options available for DNA sample collection: you may choose to use a testing kit from Bio-Gene DNA or make your own DNA collection kit. If you chose to use a Bio-Gene DNA Testing DNA Kit, you will receive detailed instructions, buccal swabs, collection envelopes and a pre-paid UPS overnight return mailer (USA only). Once your kit is mailed, you will be provided a tracking number to be able to determine when it will arrive.
|Number Of People Testing||Processing Time||Cost|
|Mother and One Child||1 Business Day||$119|
|Each Additional Child||1 Business Day||$50|
|Non-Standard DNA Sample (Each)||1-3 Business Day||$100|
Often Asked Questions About A Maternity DNA Test
Our “peace of mind” maternity tests use the exact same laboratory testing procedures as our legally admissible DNA tests, and produce the same results as our legal maternity DNA testing. The genetic markers we analyze include the same markers used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for human DNA identity testing. We normally perform a 25 marker test for higher accuracy. The alleged mother must match on 23 of the 25 markers to be the mother. A 25 marker test is more accurate than the common 10 marker tests often available.
Our testing laboratory is AABB accredited. Every test we perform is required to adhere to the strictest testing and control protocols, which yields an accuracy level of up to 99.9999%.
A DNA test can be easily conducted even if the different parties to be tested are in different locations. Each DNA testing kit is assigned a unique identification number. Bio-Gene DNA Test Kits with the unique case number can be sent directly to each person. After the sample collection, each individual can separately send the specimens directly to Bio-Gene DNA. Each DNA sample will be correctly matched at the DNA laboratory using the unique case number.
When ordering online, simply select the option of two or more kits (one kit per address is recommended) on the order form and enter the additional name and address in the box that will automatically show when this selection is made!
You will be able to access your results, and all your case information, through a secure login to your private client page. You will be provided a username and password which should be kept private. The only people who can view this information are those with the password and username.
The results are in a .pdf format so you may view, download, or print the copy for your records.
How to collect a DNA sample
Our standard DNA testing procedure and the most accurate method of collecting a DNA sample, is to use a buccal swab (similar to a “Q-tip” cotton swab) which is rubbed on the inner cheeks of the mouth of those being tested. Mouth swabs are simple to use and yield enough DNA to successfully complete a DNA test.
Can I use something other than a mouth swab to do a DNA test?
We realize that sometimes it may not be possible to provide an oral swab DNA sample and that a person may wish to test other sources of genetic material. Under these circumstances, DNA samples such as hair, a toothbrush, or blood stains known to have belonged to the other person being tested may be able to be used. We are often able to test alternative DNA samples, for a small additional cost.