To do the test, a small volume of fluid is collected from the pregnant mother’s womb is by inserting a needle through the abdomen in a process called amniocentesis. The child’s sample can alternatively be obtained through a process called chorionic villus sampling (CVS) where a sample of tissue from the placenta is collected by passing a needle through the wall of the abdomen, or passing a small tube through the vagina and the neck of the womb (cervix). The amniotic fluid or CVS samples are used to get the child’s DNA profile and compared with the alleged father’s sample. The mother’s sample is also collected.
The alleged father’s sample and the mother’s samples are preferably obtained using buccal (mouth swabs).
Amniocentesis and CVS Sampling are associated with several risks however. Women who undergo amniocentesis or CVS sampling are at an increased risk of cramping and bleeding. Nearly 1% of women who go through these procedure also stand at a small risk of miscarriage. If you need to do this test, you will need to consult your obstetrician gynecologist or family doctor first. Alternatively, you can consider the non-invasive prenatal paternity test (NIPPT) which is 100% safe.
Blood sample from the pregnant mother and mouth swab from the alleged father are needed for the non-invasive prenatal paternity test. For the invasive prenatal test, amniotic fluid or CVS sample from the mother and mouth swabs from the mother and alleged father are required.
If the test is required for legal purposes, the participants must physically come to the lab for sample collection. A chain-of-custody procedure will be followed and an additional fee of 2,000 kshs levied for notarization of the report by an advocate. Proof of identity of the participants will be required (i.e. National ID Card/passport, and birth certificate for the child).
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