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DNA Maternity Testing: Why?

James Anstead

Relationship testing can include more than determining the father. It is not uncommon for individuals to ask whether they are related as mother and child.

This situation arises most commonly when an adopted child becomes an adult and tries to identify their birth mother. Family circumstance and incomplete paperwork may lead a child to be uncertain as to the identity of their birth mother.

With permission from both parties, a maternity DNA test can be performed to either exclude the woman as the birth mother or determine with a 99.9999% probability she is the birth mother of the child.

In a similar fashion to DNA paternity testing, 22 autosomal STR markers are used to compare a child's DNA pattern with that of their possible mother. The presence or absence of shared alleles between the mother and child is used to determine the likelihood that the child has inherited DNA from the tested mother.

A known father sample can be included to improve the statistical analysis, but is not required.

Circumstances that lead to the the breakup of a biological family may be hard to explain and reuniting children with their birth mother can bring celebrations or tears. When performing relationship testing, individuals and families should always be prepared for the unexpected.

In some immigration cases, particularly from areas where paperwork may be unavailable because of ongoing conflicts, the US petitioner is required by the US State Department to confirm the maternal relationship of individuals requesting to migrate to the US before their petition is granted.

DNA Solutions works with embassies world-wide to collect DNA samples to reunite mothers with children.

Where Assisted Reproductive Technologies (e.g., in vitro fertilization) are used to facilitate a woman getting pregnant, a DNA test of the child and biological mother is used to confirm the origin of the egg used. This may include the woman that carried the child, a surrogate, or a donor.

The identity of the biological mother may be very important to the child should future medical conditions arise that can be linked to the biological mother.

As you can see, there are many scenarios in which DNA maternity testing can provide critical information. Our legal and non-legal DNA relationship testing services provide fast, accurate results that give people the answers they deserve.

If you are looking for an at-home maternity test kit that is discreet, easy to use, and TRUE to you, our DNA maternity tests provide reliable information from an accredited laboratory.

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