With non-medical gender selection illegal in Australia, Jayne and Jon Cornwill of South Australia went to the United States earlier this year to undergo preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), a procedure that allowed them to find out their embryos’ gender.
In May of this year their daughter was born.
“Obviously we wanted a little girl after having three boys,” Jayne Cornwill told Channel Nine on Monday. “We tried all the natural things, all the diets, all the positions, all the old wives’ tales but none of them worked. That’s when it struck me the hardest, and that’s when we decided we were going to seek medical intervention.”
Of not having a daughter:
“It’s like mourning the death of a child you never had,” she said. “My husband wanted a little girl that one day he could walk down the aisle, I wanted a daughter so I could have that relationship … and our sons wanted a little sister.”