A fertility doc explains when and how this is done. For anyone unfamiliar with the IVF process, the option to choose the gender of your baby may seem futuristic, even controversial. When those embryos are a few days old, the prospective parents can choose to have them screened for genetic abnormalities using PGD.
Sex selection is the attempt to control the sex of the offspring to achieve a desired sex. It can be accomplished in several ways, both pre- and post-implantation of an embryoas well as at childbirth. It has been marketed under the title family balancing.
Though I was taken aback at the time, I've come to expect it. I've been stopped by strangers on the street who seem to think I need to add a baby of the opposite gender to my brood in order for it to be complete. And it appears that I'm not alone.
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We sit around a glass coffee table. The room is clean and modern, the furnishings are that chicken soup colour favoured by architects — and expensive private clinics. Which is just where they are heading.
We look at the science behind the theories and how well they appear to work By Sarah Barker. There are a lot of different theories and approaches to natural gender selection but very little scientific study.
Many parents swear by at-home methods of gender selection. But can you really sway the odds? Ellen Durston, a newspaper reporter in Chicago, always wanted her first child to be female.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Despite most parents ultimately just wishing for a healthy baby, there are many cultural and social factors that can drive the desire for a baby of a particular sex. The medical technology for sex selection of embryos has existed in Australia for many years, but such an option is only available for medical reasons, such as sex-linked chromosomal disorder. This leaves parents who do have a gender preference looking for natural ways of predetermining the sex of their baby.
Ella Walsh July 03, For many expectant parents, the idea of waiting the full nine months before discovering the sex of their baby is not something they want to do. Blame it on our need for instant gratification or our desire to colour co-ordinate the nursery and the baby clothes, but more and more parents-to-be are choosing to find out the sex of their baby during pregnancy rather than waiting to enjoy the big surprise at birth.