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First born gender disappointment for dads

Shocking 11% of dads were disappointed about the sex of their first baby

Posted: 9 November 2011
by Joanna Harvey
Did your hubby suffer with gender disappointment?
Did your hubby suffer with gender disappointment?

Becoming a dad for the first time is one of the most special moments of a man's life, but a new survey has found that 11% of new dads were disappointed when they found out the gender of their baby.

The study of 1204 dads across the UK by found that 52% of the disheartened dads wanted a boy as their first born, rather than a girl, meaning that just under half wanted a baby girl first.

Of those who'd rather a son, 31% wanted a boy to continue the family name, but 14% said was mainly because they felt they would have bonded with a boy more so than with a daughter. 

"We wanted to conduct this study in order to get a full understanding of all the emotions expecting a new parents feel. We were aware that most parents feel full of joy when expecting their first child, however we wanted to know if there are any other feelings than those we would all expect people to feel; specifically with the men who are about to become fathers," said Wayne Bloore, Managing Director ar

Dad's disappointment doesn't stay around for too long though, as when asked, 100% of the men said that they were pleased with the sex of their child now.

Did your partner, or you, have gender disappointment?

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