Some NYC parents are timing pregnancies to get their kids into top private schools.
Proper timing is especially a consideration with embryo transfers around November and December, Dr. Levine said, since those will result in August and September babies. Children usually need to be 5 years old by September 1 to be admitted to kindergarten; otherwise they get held back till the following year.
Pros and Cons of Putting off Pregnancy
Many of Levine’s patients, the doctor said, are leery of having a child who won’t make the cut, or who may end up being the youngest in the class. This season alone, Levine shared, roughly five patients put off their embryo transfers because of concerns about how it might ultimately affect school admission.
Still, some some opt for a November embryo transfer purposely—if they know they’ll be having a boy, they may prefer for him to start preschool a year later and be the oldest in his class.
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