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Ask the Childbirth Educator: Conceiving a Boy

conceiving a boy


conceiving a boy


I’d love to get some tips on conceiving a boy. We already have two girls and would love a third and would love to add a boy to our beautiful family. I would love some ideas to help.


You may have come across something called the Shettles Method, developed by Landrum B. Shettles in the 1960s and which was publicized in the book, How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby (1971). By following the various methods outlined in the book, it is proposed that a couple can affect the probability of having a boy or a girl. Proponents claim between 75 and 90 percent effectiveness, but I am afraid that research does not support these claims. In a 1995 article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled Timing of Sexual Intercourse in Relation to Ovulation – Effects on the Probability of Conception, Survival of the Pregnancy, and Sex of the Baby the authors concluded that “for practical purposes, the timing of sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation has no influence on the sex of the baby.

While there might not be any scientific evidence to back up the Shettles Method, on the plus side, there is no harm trying I suppose! Good luck and let me know how you go!


Tanya Strusberg

Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator


Tanya was born and raised in Hong Kong to Australian parents. She moved to

Australia in 1995 and worked for a number of years as an arts marketing

specialist before moving  to Israel in 2006.


Tanya trained to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) in

Israel through the Douglas College Perinatal Program in Vancouver, Canada.

She studied with renowned childbirth educator Rachelle Oseran BA, FACCE,

LCCE, CD(DONA) who has over 29 years of experience in the field of perinatal



Tanya and her husband moved to Melbourne with their two children Liev and

Amalia in February 2012. As the only LCCE in Australia, Tanya is excited to

be pioneering Lamaze childbirth education here and looks forward to  helping

pregnant women build their confidence for what is undoubtedly the most

awe-inspiring moment of a woman¹s life ­ becoming a mother!



Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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