Special Report: Test Predicts Baby Gender Sooner

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 9:41am

Little Isaiah is a happy and healthy 15-month old.

A blessed baby boy mother Delayna Gonzalez is happy to have.

But while she was pregnant, she and her husband waited a long 20 weeks to get an ultrasound to know just what to expect.

Apparently, she didn't have to wait until then.

"I'm not one to want to wait. I want to know as soon as possible, and so, it was really tough not to pull it off the shelf," said Gonzalez, after she spotted the Intelligender Gender Prediction Test at a local pharmacy.

At a cost of just $45, you too can find out the gender of your baby much earlier.

The company claims they can detect the sex of your baby as early as 10 weeks pregnant.

News Center 23's Adrienne Alvarez and newscast director Alyssa Loweree, who are both seven months pregnant, decided to test it out.

The urine test is mixed with hormones, and after five minutes of waiting, will turn a color.

Dark green if it's a boy, orange if it's a girl.

Alvarez's test turned out positive for a boy.

It's a result she confirmed with her doctor at 20 weeks pregnant.

However, Loweree's result was wrong.

"I got the ultrasound on November 22, on my dad and sister's birthday, and it ended up being a girl!" she said.

Intelligender reps say their in-home accuracy rates are at about 82 percent.

That's because they say many fail to follow the instructions.

In our case, Alyssa had already gone to the bathroom that morning. A big no-no for accurate results.

But what's the harm in a test like this?

Some say, there's much.

Intelligender won't sell this test in China or India, where the results come early enough that parents might make a serious decision, like getting an abortion.

Delayna couldn't imagine such a choice.

"To terminate a pregnancy based on gender, I strongly disagree," she said, shaking her head.

Intelligender reps say they've only seen a handful of parents who were willing to make that decision.

"We make it very clear that no financial or emotional decisions should be made based on the result of the test," said Rebecca Griffin, co-founder of the test.

Obstetrician Dr. Jose Zamudio says the risk of gender selection is minimal here in the United States.

In fact, he recommends the test to anxious expectant mothers.

But not exclusively.

"I would recommend that if they're interested, to do it at 10 weeks, and then confirm it, or contradict it, later on with an ultrasound at 20 to 22 weeks," said Zamudio.

So, have fun with the test.

Get your results confirmed by a doctor.

But don't pick out paint colors or baby clothes for your little one, until then.

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