Parenting - Pregnancy | 18+ yrs

Should You Determine Your Baby's Gender?


There is quite a debate when you are pregnant about knowing the gender of the baby. Some want to know; others prefer the element of surprise. In countries like India, cultural preferences for a boy child and instances of forced abortions by family members in case of a girl child are prevalent. This has led to laws about finding out the gender of the baby. In India, it is illegal to use ultrasound tests for the purpose of knowing the gender of the baby. In countries where there exists no such laws for gender determination, knowing if it’s a girl or a boy, is just a matter of preference.

But what about the Gender-selection technology available now, which allows people to decide the baby’s gender? Is this ethical?. According to, ‘In the U.S., unregulated fertility clinics are largely allowed to do whatever technology allows them to do, so long as clients are willing and able to pay for it. Anecdotal evidence and clinical data indicate that a growing number of prospective parents are willing to pay to have a baby of their desired gender.’

Technology like Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), developed to screen for serious genetic diseases, is now used in some fertility clinics for gender selection. Where gender determination is not illegal, it becomes a topic for ethical debates. But the question remains what is more important – to know or decide the sex of the baby or giving birth to a healthy child?

For more on this topic, you can read articles in the ClipBook.


Reasons Not To Find Out The Sex Of Your Baby

To find out baby’s sex or not to find out? Some pregnant women and their partners can’t decide! here are a few reasons why you parents decide not to find out.

What Some Parents Have To Say

Finding out the sex of your baby seems to be something that everyone is doing. While the numbers are certainly high...

Pros And Cons Of Learning Your Baby's Gender

One of the first decisions new parents face is whether or not to learn the sex of their baby. Here are two sides to the story...

A Mother Shares Her Experience

Finding out the sex in advance has become the norm, to the extent that the decision to not find out is seen as a bit deviant. After all, if the technology is there, why wouldn't you want to know? Joanne O'Connor shares her experience.

Baby's Sex: Two Parents, Two Views

Two parents face off on the topic of finding out your baby’s sex....

Why Allowing Parents To Choose Their Baby’S Gender Is Wrong

When I write and speak about the ethical questions raised by reproductive technologies...

Could The Ultrasound Be Wrong About My Baby's Sex?

Could the ultrasound be wrong about baby's sex? Yes. Does it happen frequently? It's hard to track. How does it happen? Here are a few examples.

More for you