The gender of an unborn baby is of particular interest to historically within the Chinese culture. There tends to be a stereotypical preference toward male children who would provide greater long term economical benefit to the family by means of having more advantages in terms of education and job opportunity. As such the Chinese pregnancy calendar was an ancient tool devised to assist in the pre-natal determination of the gender of the child before birth.
The original Chinese birth calendar was housed at a Royal Tomb in Peking, China during the Ching Dynasty. The ancient document can be seen on display at the Beijing Institute of Science and it is copied for everyday household use. It would be difficult to find a home in China that does not contain at least one copy of the Chinese birth calendar as it is a culturally accepted method.
Most Chinese homes have a copy of the Chinese pregnancy calendar and readily consult with it to predict the gender of a conceived child. It is believed that the Chinese pregnancy calendar offers a 75-99% statistical reliability in its ability to accurately predict the gender of an unborn child. The calendar itself is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar and it is a mathematically based equation on the x and y axis of a chart. The appearance of the Chinese baby calendar is matrix like chart with shaded in boxes indicating M (male) or F (female). Use of the Chinese baby calendar is simplistic and involves five easy steps:
1. First make a note of the woman’s age during the time of the conception
2. Add nine months to the age of the mother in the Chinese baby calendar
3. Locate the mathematical result on the left hand column of the calendar (coordinate A)
4. Locate the month of the conception of the child (coordinate B)
5. Follow coordinates A and B to their natural intersection and note the result a prediction of gender male or female is complete
Recent statistics have revealed shocking information regarding the effect of consulting a Chinese calendar boy or girl. Abortion is very common in China and it was reported that in 1999 alone more than 750,000 female fetuses were aborted. A census taken in 2000 reported there were nineteen million fewer boys than girls in the ages of 0-15 years due to selective Chinese gender prediction. A dramatic increase in criminal human trafficking of Chinese brides from other countries including Thailand is noted as well in response to the shortage of young girls for marriage.
Women have historically utilized the Chinese birth calendar to attempt to deliberately choose the gender of their child. The cultural and social lean toward the favoring of male children has lead to a significant demographic crises in China, where the communist imposed limit of “one child per household” leads to a discrimination of the birth of female babies.
While determinants of Chinese gender prediction carry with it certain distasteful issues and considerations most people simply enjoy the fun of pondering the outcome with family and friends. Guessing whether the child is a boy or a girl is one of the great pleasures of being pregnant and exciting for the entire family.