Why a Maternity Test?

A well know saying and principle of Roman law states: Mater semper certa est (we are always sure as to who the mother of a child is). But this is not always the case; a mother may in some cases need to actually prove her biological relationship to her children for various reasons including family court cases and immigration.

Immigration: In Australia, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship might specifically ask you submit the results of a maternity test as evidence of the claimed biological relationship. For more information about immigration testing, click here.

Adoption: Other instances where a maternity test might be warranted is in cases of adoptive children wishing to reunite with their adoptive mother –here a maternity test might be the only way to fully ascertain whether the woman in question is the birth mother of the child.

In-vitro fertilization: In-vitro fertilization is a type of assisted reproductive technology where an egg and a sperm are fertilized outside the human body and the embryo then transferred into the uterus. In some cases, a maternity test might be sought to confirm that the right embryo was implanted.

Important Notes

Note that we also offer an express testing option which makes it possible to receive your maternity testing results in just 4 working days. We do not offer express testing if you chose to send a discreet sample. We can offer express testing only if you use mouth swabs.

We can only guarantee standard result turnaround time when testing takes place solely using oral swab samples. Using a discreet sample for your test may lead to an increase in turnaround time.

Legal and Home Maternity Testing

The Genetic testing Laboratories offers both peace of mind and legal maternity testing. Our legal maternity test is priced AUD$ 495 for a standard legal test and AUD 595$ for a NATA accredited test. Ensure you are aware of which type of test you need (if you need an immigration maternity test, the test will have to be NATA accredited). For more information about NATA accredited testing visit our page on legal paternity testing.

Home maternity testing is offered at AUD$ 339 for alleged mother and 1 child. This test is recommended only as a peace of mind test, used to put your mind at ease. The results are not suitable for a court of law or as legal proof of maternity.

How to Collect your Samples

Maternity testing DNA samples are collected using our kit. Our kit is sent out following your order. We send our kits out by express post and you should receive yours in around 1-4 working days.

If any of the individuals taking part in this test live outside that Commonwealth of Australia, we can organize dispatch of kits from any one of our many international offices. This will save time and make the DNA testing process easier.


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