About two years ago, the Early Baby Gender Mentor DNA test was launched. It purportedly tested for fetal DNA in maternal blood to see if there was any DNA from the Y chromosome – yes means boy, no means girl. Another similar test is now being sold called the Pink or Blue test. According to the press release, it is possible detect fetal DNA as early as six weeks all from a single dried blood spot. Accuracy is touted as being greater tha 98%.
You just gotta wonder about tests like these. First, is it really necessary to know so early whether the baby is a boy or girl? I have real concerns about parents who can’t wait for a fetal ultrasound to tell them; earliest an ultrasound can diagnosis a baby’s sex is around 11 to 12 weeks with the greatest accuracy after 16 to 20 weeks. Second, the Early Baby Gender Mentor is currently involved in a number of class action lawsuits alleging fraud, misrepresentation, and other improper business practices. Is Pink or Blue an improvement upon the Baby Gender Mentor?
I’d say keep your 400 dollars and wait. It’s really not that important whether you’re having a boy or girl, is it? (Tell me if you disagree.) I always thought I’d be mother to a girl, but now that I have a son, I am grateful to be given the opportunity to learn more about the opposite sex. And, boy, do I have a lot to learn!