If unmarried parents choose genetic testing as the means to establish paternity, adding the father’s name to the birth certificate can be a simple process. Here's how:
• Usually a swab of the cheek is taken from the mother, the child and the alleged father and then sent to a laboratory for testing. (You will not be able to get a genetic test in the hospital during your stay)
• It generally takes from two to three weeks for a laboratory to complete the test. If either party is out of state it will take longer.
• Fees for genetic testing are generally not covered by standard insurance plans and can range in price from *$99.00 to $650.00 or more.