Why My Son Needed a Little Sister

Ericababy4Millions of couples worldwide suffer from “secondary infertility,” or the inability to get or stay pregnant after the birth of one or more biological children.  Secondary infertility is a heart-wrenching condition—particularly when you have a child desperate for a sibling.

Erica and her husband know this heart-wrenching situation first-hand. Their six-year-old son noticed that all his friends at school had little brothers or sisters and he wanted one, too.

“He was alone and didn’t have anyone to play with, and kept asking for a brother and sister,” recalled Erica, a patient of Dr. Potter’s at HRC Fertility. “That motivated us to do everything we could. We did it mostly because of him.”

The couple had an uneventful pregnancy with their son. Erica gave birth just after her 38th birthday, and there was no reason to believe the next pregnancy would be any problem—until they started having problems getting pregnant. Then, they had problems staying pregnant. After three miscarriages, Erica had a conversation with her son.

Erica said, “My son was in the backseat while I was driving him home from school, and he asked me, ‘Mama? Did God say no?’ ‘What do you mean, sweetie,?’ I asked him. He was more specific:  “Did he say I couldn’t have a little brother or sister?”

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Woman pays $50,000 to Make Sure Fourth Child Was a Girl

Jayne_and_Jon_CornwillWhen little Emmerson was welcomed into the world seven months ago, Jayne and Jon Cornwill finally felt like their family was complete.

It has particularly been Mrs Cornwill’s life-long dream to raise a baby girl.

So much so, the mother of three boys went to great lengths to ensure her fourth child would fill the missing void she’s felt all these years.

As non-medical gender selection remains illegal in Australia, Jayne and her husband flew to the US to undergo a procedure which would allow them to determine the gender of their embryos.

The overall trip cost the couple from Mount Barker, east of Adelaide in South Australia, almost $50,000, and they believe it was worth every single cent.

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I paid $50,000 to have a girl

Jayne Cornwill argues the case for gender selection in Australia.

1415847492965I’ll never forget the moment the nurse holding the ultrasound wand to my belly said the three words I’d waited my entire life to hear: “Meet your daughter.” I burst into tears of happiness, although I’d known I was having a girl ever since two lines appeared on the pregnancy test.

You see, I’d been in this ultrasound office before, when I’d sobbed with disappointment to discover I was having a second son … and then a third. This time my husband and I weren’t taking any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

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Dr. Daniel Potter traveled to London to discuss gender selection!

d469fd8a0cAs a strong advocate for reproductive freedom and equality (including compensated egg donation, compensated surrogacy, single parenting and same sex parenting) Dr. Potter is dedicated to providing his patients with the highest pregnant rates in a warm and caring atmosphere. Dr. Daniel Potter has noticed a 20% increase in patients from the IK every year. To help meet this growing demand Dr. Daniel Potter traveled to UK bringing awareness through seminars and new consutaltions to discuss the process of gender selection for international patients; including the science, logistics and cost, as well as the ethical aspects of gender selection and the legal challenges faced by UK gender selection proponents.

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