Did you know that a baby is born every one minute and 44 seconds in Australia? That’s around 300,000 new little Aussies each year. Parents wait nine long months for their precious bundle, and minds are filled with anticipation, excitement, and sometimes, a little worry. Will it be a boy or a girl? Will my baby be healthy? Will I be a good parent? These are just some of the questions that go through the minds of parents-to-be.
For some expectant mothers, there may also be questions about the paternity of the unborn child. It is hard to put a definitive number on the percentage of babies born each year with unknown paternity, but even a low percentage of misattributed paternity can result in millions of children and fathers worldwide with a piece missing from their genetic jigsaw.
Sometimes, the joy of a new baby is sometimes overshadowed by conditions that can have long term effects on the lives of the child and their family. Some of these conditions are genetic, meaning that they run in the family. Sometimes, new parents are aware of a family history of a certain condition, but for many, a diagnosis is often a surprise that they are not prepared for. Every year in Australia, around 4500 babies are born with a genetic condition that is diagnosed at birth, or soon after.
So how do soon-to-be parents alleviate some of the worry surrounding paternity and genetic conditions? Surprisingly, it’s as easy as conducting a simple, non-invasive DNA test, which can be purchased from EasyDNA Australia. The Prenatal Package is comprised of three DNA tests; a gender reveal test, a prenatal paternity test, and Prenatal Peace, a genetic screening test that screens for 18 chromosomal abnormalities, including Down-Syndrome.
All of these tests are completely safe for the mother and her unborn baby, and involve only a blood sample from the mother, and either a blood sample, nails, or mouth swab samples from the alleged father or fathers. Blood samples will be taken by a trained professional, and the maternal blood will be analysed by the scientists at our EasyDNA laboratories. The Prenatal Package is completely risk free, and will provide peace of mind, with results delivered to your GP within 10-15 working days or receipt of your sample. You will need to make an appointment with your GP, who will give you a comprehensive explanation of your test results.
The Prenatal Package provides a wealth of information in the least invasive and painful way. You will be delighted to know the sex of your baby, you will gain peace of mind about your baby’s chance of being born with a range of chromosomal conditions, and you will receive a definitive answer to any paternity questions you may have.
EasyDNA Australia is proud to help families on their parenting journey find peace of mind about their unborn baby, which will lead to a happy and harmonious time to enjoy their bundle of joy when it arrives.