In light of the backlash Chrissy Teigen has faced after revealing that she chose the gender of her baby-to-be, ET is looking into the process of gender selection and how it really works.
The process, which can cost up to $20,000, was originally created to screen out serious genetic diseases, not for choosing a baby's sex.
Some patients travel to America from abroad just for the procedure, as the U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that allows the process for non-medical reasons. There seems to be high interest in the process for some women living under one-child policies, especially if there is a cultural preference towards one gender or the other.
In Chrissy's case, she explained that she chose a girl, thinking that her husband John Legend would be the best father to a daughter. After undergoing in vitro fertilization, choosing the baby's sex didn't even register as all that unusual.
"What is that difference though?" the model tweeted. "I've already created embryos with a doctor. only after must it be random.This is all so interesting. I said it so casually because i'm just open. I'm around so many open-minded people & forgot it's controversial. anyhow I am not mad at anyone's beliefs but I don't really actively seek out people to make them feel bad about their decisions either."
The happy couple are expecting their first child this spring.