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'More parents' opting for gender selection
An increase in the number of parents wishing to select the gender of their child has been witnessed, according to reports.
The Philadelphia Inquirer claims many couples are taking advantage of increased access to procedures which can almost guarantee whether their child is a boy or a girl.
Quoted by the newspaper, Vicki Glembocki, the author of The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom, says it should come as no surprise that women are using science to exercise greater control over reproduction.
She comments that medical advances are helping to break down cultural taboos over child genders, stating: "It is almost viewed as being superficial or insensitive to care about gender - but a lot of people do."
However, Nancy DePaul, a family therapist of the Council for Relationships in Concordville, Pennsylvania, says gender selection may have negative psychological effects on the mother and infant.
She expresses concern that parents who focus on their child's gender may be attempting to fill a relationship void in their own lives, as opposed to focusing on the needs of the child.
Last October, the BBC reported that a growing number of British couples are visiting overseas clinics for procedures to determine the gender of their babies.
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