An increasing number of couples and individuals are choosing to use fertility treatments to have children. Some women who are not physically capable of carrying the baby themselves may even have to use a surrogate mother to complete the pregnancy and delivery process.
There are two types of surrogacy currently used: “traditional” and “gestational”. The traditional surrogacy is done via artificial insemination, with the surrogate using her egg and another man’s sperm to conceive the embryo. The gestational surrogacy is done via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), where fertilized eggs from another woman are implanted into the surrogate’s uterus.
In both situations, the intended parents need to verify the birth parents of the child, and take proper legal procedures to obtain their parental rights.
In recent years, international surrogacy has made the surrogacy procedures an international matter. When the intended parents bring the child back to their home countries, the immigration authorities have to verify parentage relationship and the necessary legal paperwork before they grant either citizenship or an entry visa to the child.
Occasionally, the fertility laboratory may have an accidental sample mix-up. A parentage test is the best way to verify the right donors.
Universal Genetics has been contracted by several fertility laboratories to perform DNA paternity and maternity tests for various purposes. We are one of the very few AABB-accredited DNA testing laboratories that have experience providing DNA testing services to fertility laboratories. Our chain-of-custody DNA results are legally admissible in court and widely accepted by U. S. immigration authorities.
For more information about how we can partner with your fertility clinic to offer this critical service to your clients, please call 1-800-914-1002.
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