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Dr Seng-Chai Chua, Obstetrician from Westmead hospital in Sydney, says the ratio of babies born to Chinese - Australian parents at the hospital from 2009 to 2014 is 115.
Over 5 years, there were some 32,000 babies born at Westmead Hospital, with some 10 percent of children born to parents of Chinese background. The figures suggest that the 115 ratio was quite stable over the 5 years.
Dr Chua says parents from more traditional Chinese cultural background tell him that they are under pressure to have a boy, and that most often this kind of pressure comes from the grandparents.
Patients come to him and say: “I already have two girls. I am really, really under pressure to have boys. How do I do that? Can I do things?”
Patients come to him and say: "I already have two girls. I am really, really under pressure to have boys. How do I do that? Can I do things?"
Dr Chua says that even though the parents might appear disappointed when they find out the gender of the baby (either boy or girl) he doesn't think that these incidents necessarily translate to sex-selective abortions.
However, the United Nations Population Fund suggests that any ratio above 106 could indicate that there is some kind of human intervention.
He says he is sure there is no way his private patients are terminating a pregnancy without him knowing as he follows each pregnancy from around the 8 week-stage.