" Having two children Lamarr Houston Texans Jersey , a boy and a girl, means a perfect, completed family in Chinese culture. Photo: IC
As the one-child policy comes to an end, a window of opportunity has opened up for people who want a second child of a different sex from their first-born. Since China has banned hospitals from telling expectant parents their babies' sex before birth, some are discreetly looking into underground clinics that can help them make sure they get a child of the sex they choose. However, these methods are illegal and doctors can face punishment if caught Jeremy Lane Texans Jersey , so they are done in secret, opening the door to scams.
""Are there any mothers who are choosing to abort their second child because of the child's sex and family pressure?""
A couple days ago, a post sent by an anonymous mother appeared on Babytree, a popular forum where parents and experts discuss maternity and baby care in China.
The mother, who is 13 weeks pregnant, was genuinely troubled by this dilemma. She said when she had the sex of her baby examined last week Benardrick McKinney Texans Jersey , her doctor hinted that her baby might be a girl and she immediately had an emotional breakdown. She said she will do another check in a week and if this time the test shows it's a girl, she'll probably have an abortion.
""Call me useless, but I can't face my family's pressure,"" she wrote. ""I can only pray to Buddha that it'll turn out to be a boy.""
Her post created a commotion on the forum. Some slammed her decision.
""You shouldn't pray because Buddha can't save you. You should take pity on your baby, sex discrimination really kills,"" one replied.
But some also expressed sympathy Kevin Johnson Texans Jersey , saying they understand her position and the pressure she faces. This mother's concerns are sadly common, especially after the introduction of the second-child policy. Now hundreds of thousands of people looking to have another child are trying to ensure they can have a child of the sex they choose.
To check or not to check
These days, it's not necessarily only people that wish to have sons checking the sex of their unborn babies. For couples who already have a son, having a daughter would mean having a perfect, completed family in Chinese culture.
Forum posts asking for advice about sex selection can be commonly seen online today, with people asking for help identifying their babies' sex or asking where to find clinics that can help them. The Global Times reporter found that an Internet search on Baidu Nick Martin Texans Jersey , forums and social media can easily yield many such results, and it's obvious from these posts that many people are willing to turn to abortion to make sure their second child is of the ""right"" sex.
On forums, many offered their own experience in telling the sex of the baby.
A post on mama claimed that one can judge the sex of the baby based on the mother's belly shape. If it looks blown up like a balloon and is pointed forward, it's a boy. If the mother's belly is round and looks like the baby is positioned closer to the mother's waist, then it's a girl.
Even though the post admitted this method has no scientific basis, it still argues that it's accurate most of the time. In the comment section Will Fuller V Texans Jersey , many netizens suggested other ways to work out the baby's sex, such as looking at the mother's skin, nose, heartbeat or even interpreting her dreams.
But aside from these suggestions, seeing the market demand, some businesses are secretly blooming. QQ chat groups and forums carrying advertisements for medical examination centers are ubiquitous Julien Davenport Texans Jersey , some specifically including the phrase ""second child"" in their copy.
A Beijing Evening News reporter read on an online forum that some mothers chose to visit a Hong Kong-based clinic to discover their baby's sex. When she called the clinic, a woman answered the phone, claiming to be an agent and asked the client to provide an ultrasound image demonstrating she's at least seven seven pregnant.
The agent then said she could arrange for the woman to be examined in Hong Kong, or if the woman doesn't want to travel that far, she can fly to Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province to have her blood taken and the agency will organize for the sample to be sent to Hong Kong. The whole process would cost 5 D'Onta Foreman Texans Jersey ,000 yuan ($760).
The agency claimed the accuracy of the test is guaranteed, and sounded impatient.
""We have many clients recently, so if you want to do the test, you have to remit your money now, we'll arrange for the exam according to the order of payment,"" the agent told Beijing Evening News.
Flying to Hong Kong can mean a lot of hassle and some parents have turned to more local and affordable means Zach Cunningham Texans Jersey , choosing to do a 4-D ultrasound to get a clear picture of their baby. A search on the Groupon coupon website showed many photography studios who claim to have such machines.
""The 4-D ultrasound can automatically take photos and videos of the baby. The technology can help mothers see their babies' actions and facial features,"" read one advertisement online.
Qin Ruomeng, a Nanjing-based gynecologist, told the Global Times this kind of exam isn't difficult to perform.
Customer service staff told the Beijing Evening News the studio only uses the technology to ""take photos"" of the baby, usually just their feet or face, and doesn't check for the baby's sex or detect any abnormalities. But an anonymous source told the Beijing Evening News that if you ask the examiner Women's Breno Giacomini Jersey , eventually they'll make a hint, and there's always a way to find out your answer.
A reporter visited a photography studio on the West Fourth Ring Road and found it in a residential compound. When the reporter arrived, two mothers were already waiting in the living room and another was being examined. The room's walls were lined with ultrasound photos of fetuses, mostly close-ups of their feet and heads, with a clear
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