In the recent past, paternity testing during pregnancy was unusual based on the invasive methods required to conduct the test. However, new testing procedures purportedly only require a blood sample from the mother and possible father, and avoid the small risk of miscarriage presented by invasive prenatal paternity testing. The new blood sample format allows for a mother to potentially determine the father of her unborn child as early as eight weeks into a pregnancy.

However, this new testing procedure that has been marketed has not been approved by the American Association of Blood Banks, which is the organization that accredits paternity laboratories. Moreover, this type of procedure, when marketed by other companies in the past, has been demonstrated to be unreliable.

Yet the appeal of the new, low-risk method of prenatal paternity testing has led to its increasing popularity. Allowing a mother to be able to determine the father of her unborn child can alleviate a substantial amount of stress that previously remained present until a post-childbirth test. Also, potential fathers that are verified through paternity tests are likely to be more supportive and helpful during the pregnancy, which has been demonstrated in some studies to lead to a healthier baby. The increasing popularity of this method of testing, however murky the reliability may be, has led to its high cost.

Safer prenatal paternity testing could lead to more than just voluntary support for pregnant women. If this new testing format is incorporated into the legal process, women might be able to receive child support during the course of pregnancy rather than only after a baby is born.

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