Parents Sue Makers of Baby Gender Predicting Kit

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Parents are eager to know the gender of their unborn baby. Photo: doriana_s/sxc.hu

Gone are the days of yellow nurseries and gender-neutral onesies. Few of today's parents wait for birth to find out the gender of their baby, and some parents can't even wait until their 18-week ultrasound. Enter the Baby Gender Mentor Kit, just $25 -- plus $250 in testing fees -- and expecting parents can find out what color to paint the nursery at just five to eight weeks gestation.

But as six New York mothers learned, predicting a baby's gender isn't an exact science. The mothers are suing Acu-Gen Biolab -- makers of the Baby Gender Mentor Kit -- for refusing to refund their money after inaccurately predicting their babies' gender. They say Acu-Gen promised 99 percent accuracy and a 200 percent refund, but lived up to neither promise.

The damage, they say, goes far deeper than money. One couple split up after the boy they were expecting turned out to be a girl. Others had nurseries, toys and clothing in all the wrong colors. "You may get somebody that laughs it off, like, 'Okay, we're having a boy named George and now it will be Georgina,'" lawyer Barry Gainey tells the Daily News. "For others, it can be a lot to go through."

Would you believe a blood test that claimed to predict your baby's gender? I'm not sure I would. Even an ultrasound tech won't claim to be 100 percent sure when she's looking at your baby on a screen. A neighbor of mine did IVF to ensure she'd have a daughter after her fifth boy was born. Three different ultrasound techs told her she was having a girl, but on her due date she welcomed her sixth son.

These women deserve their 200 percent refund, and Acu-Gen needs to rethink their claims of 99 percent accuracy. But I think that expecting parents need to cool their heels a little. Just like a gift that's marked, "Do not open until Christmas," some babies just don't reveal themselves until they've arrived.

Did you find out your baby's gender before he or she was born? Did you trust the results? And were you surprised -- or disappointed -- by the gender of your baby?

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