A maternity test works a lot like a paternity test. You can perform a maternity test to determine if a woman is a child’s biological mother. There are many situations where this would be useful, such as to determine immigration history, confirm the biological mother in cases of birth confusion, and more.
What’s Needed For A Maternity Test?
A maternity test only needs a sample of DNA (most often a cheek swab) from the child, as well as from the mother. If this is not possible to obtain, testing grandparents may be another option.
To request this test, call our office and schedule an appointment.
We’ll work with you to collect the samples – you do not have to schedule collections at the same time or on the same day. Our team will help make sure everything is collected in the right way.
It is important to know:
- If you will need to use the results in court or for any legal purpose, we’ll need you to come to our office to collect. We only use AABB-accredited labs, meaning they meet the highest standards for lab testing and you can rest assured the result will be 99.9% accurate.
- Results will be available in 2-3 days.
To get a maternity test, contact us today!
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When is Maternity Testing Needed?
Most often this is used in cases of immigration. It is also not uncommon to need this test in adoption cases. In some cases, when an adoption has closed for an adopted child, that child will look to a maternity test to verify if a woman is his/her birth mother.
In rare occasions, a maternity test can be used to verify you went home with the right child from the hospital and other maternity mixups. While these are uncommon, such situations are full of confusion and turmoil, and that’s exactly why the clarity and hard data of DNA is so useful.
Be prepared for your DNA or Paternity Test!
- Bring Government Issued ID
- Bring Birth Certificate for Child. If none, bring a social security card, insurance card, or something else to help support identification.
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Provide Authorizations to Receive Results
- Most DNA will require a Buccal Swab specimen from the mouth
- Prenatal DNA will require a Blood Draw so you will want to by hydrated
- Be prepared to have a photo taken of all parties being tested.
- Do not eat anything (particularly meat, vegetables and breast milk for infants) for an hour before arriving.
- You do not have to arrive together or go to the same Test Smartly Labs Testing Center but do coordinate plans with all parties being tested.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.