Finding out you are going to be a dad should be wonderful news. The problem is that this is not always the case. If you have doubts about whether you are the father of a child, the best thing to do is to take a paternity test. In fact, nowadays DNA testing while pregnant is possible without risking the health of the baby or the mother. This test can be carried out during the 7th week of pregnancy and comprises taking a blood sample from the mother. The laboratory will get the baby’s DNA strand from this blood sample. If the baby has already been born, a paternity test at home can be performed and the laboratory will send a kit for you to take the samples yourself. It involves rubbing swabs on the inside of the cheeks of the child and the possible father.
You don’t have to leave home
In the past, it was necessary for people who were going to perform some kind of DNA test to travel to the laboratory to provide the samples. Laboratories have come up with a simpler way to solve this problem. When you visit the website of a professional laboratory, you are likely to come across kits specially designed for you to take the samples yourself. You will receive everything you need to take the samples, whether it is saliva or blood. Following the lab’s instructions, secure the samples in the kit and send them back to the address showed on the kit. It usually takes the laboratory 3 to 7 days to have the results ready, counted from the date the laboratory has received the samples. You can receive the results by email or via a traditional courier.
A solution for smart couples
This type of test is intended to help couples resolve some kind of conflict without the need to go to court. To do so, the couple has to be mature enough to understand that in this way they are saving a great deal of money, effort, and time. A legal paternity suit can take months and be very expensive. Once the couple receives the results, they can make a better decision. Even if both people no longer want to be in a relationship together, they can still arrange to take care of the child, who should always be the number one priority. No legal authorization is required for this type of testing as long as the persons providing the samples do so voluntarily.