For most of us trying to conceive, choosing a gender is not something we would usually think we have any control over. But is there a way to naturally choose your baby’s gender? Smart Stork says yes, absolutely you can. For more than 20 years, Smart Stork have been helping couples conceive their preferred gender, with a success rate of more than 90 per cent. Thousands of families from over 55 countries use their program. We spoke to Stacey McGladrigan from Smart Stork to learn more about how they got started.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
I became passionate about sharing my natural gender selection program with the world, after learning about the huge number of female babies in Chinese orphanages, and a documentary I had seen on the high mortality rate of baby girls in China due to the One Child Policy and a majority desire to have boys. I was devastated, outraged and distraught, knowing that innocent babies were not wanted because of their gender and couldn’t understand why they just didn’t conceive boys if it was that important.
Until sometime in 1996 one girlfriend said (after having two boys), “I’d have another baby if I could guarantee it would be a girl.” That made me realize that not everyone knew how to conceive a boy or a girl. Definitely time to pass on my grandfather’s lessons in natural gender selection and make it available to the public.
The Launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
During my childhood years, much time was spent learning about herbs and natural remedies from my grandfather Alvaro Cuba Garcia, who planted the seed of curiosity regarding herbal remedies and how to use food as medicine. In my teens he told me that he and my grandmother had chosen the sex of their two children in the 40s. I was intrigued and in awe of his brilliance and needed to know more.
At 25, fascinated by my grandfather’s theories and the impact that a natural gender selection program could have on the world, my life’s work began. He was responsible for my informal study into the biochemistry of reproduction, conception and gender selection. I indulged in hours and hours of research and study into all things pregnancy for many years.
Smart Stork was born in the year 1999 with a rudimentary computer and dial up internet posting information packs around Australia. My studies into the conception of twins didn’t begin until year 2000, with a survey of mothers of twins and the details of their conceptions in 2001. With over 86 participants, my results confirmed what I believed to be the secrets to conceiving twins.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
One of the biggest breakthroughs I had early on was helping to uncover a reason behind several couples recurrent miscarriages – getting confirmation from their blood test results that my theory was indeed correct and the natural advice I was able to supply helped them to conceive and maintain a pregnancy to the end.
The biggest breakthrough was my first set of twins being conceived from a woman who followed my twins program – that was an incredible, truly validating moment worth celebrating.