Pregnant Colorado Springs Couples Dabble in Popular Gender-Reveal Parties

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Pregnant Colorado Springs Couples Dabble in Popular Gender-Reveal Parties


Mulson, Jen, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)


Pink or blue?

Susanna Maestas and husband Ben Kirk were pretty sure they were having a boy, though perhaps it was wishful thinking. After all, her husband already had two daughters, and six other females had been born between both families. It was time for some testosterone.

But instead of finding out at the ultrasound appointment, they had a gender reveal party, a trendy way to let friends and family share in the excitement.

Sometimes the parents already know and are revealing to others, and other times it's a surprise for the parents too.

"I'm very social," said Maestas, whose first child is due in July. "Ben and I wanted to know before the birth, but we wanted our best friend to do it in a fun way."

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During the party, their friend's video tantalized the couple and other attendees with the gender but never made the big reveal.

They were then told to pull a blanket off a cradle. Inside was a box with six more boxes inside it. Each box got smaller and smaller, much like classic Russian nesting dolls, with a clue inside each. The sonogram and a pair of pink shoes were tucked in the final teeny box.

"It was a fun way to find out as opposed to a doctor telling us," Maestas said.

Laura Klein, medical director of maternal-fetal medicine at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, has noticed an increase over the past two years in patients going the party route. Of about 30 women they see every day for ultrasounds, a couple will request the gender be written down and put in an envelope for secret safekeeping, she said.

"Our first priority is the health of the baby," said Klein. "In our office in maternal fetal medicine, we're doing primarily ultrasounds for high-risk patients.

"We want to look at all the anatomy and make sure it looks good. Most parents are in tune with that, but some are more focused on the gender more than anything else."

As with many fads these days, social media likely gave birth, so to speak, to the gender reveal party, along with those increasingly outrageous wedding proposals and viral videos of well-choreographed and rehearsed wedding parties boot scooting their way into the venue and up to the altar.

"I'm sure that's how it has spread so rapidly," said Klein, "people hearing about what other people are doing."

A story on BumpReveal.com tracked the phenomenon's growth on Google Trends, a handy way to trace the journey of a pop culture sensation. The trend began in mid-2010 but didn't catch steam until the following February. …

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