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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / Across AmericaHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosSecond-child policy boosts fertility clinicsBy Lia Zhu in San Francisco (China Daily USA) Updated:2016-03-15 11:02Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallA Los Angeles-based fertility clinic has seen strong growth in the number of Chinese clients since the country changed its one-child policy last October.The Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC) has begun looking to tap Chinas fertility market since the policy change, and now Chinese clients represent 20 to 30 percent of its total volume.Part of the growth is attributed to the “second child” policy, which allows families to have two children to improve the balanced development of the population and to address societys aging.”We have seen increasing inquiries from clients who are coming from China and who are seeking to have the second child,” said Kyle Francis, CEO of SCRC. “A lot of them are asking how clients can conceive using IVF (in-vitro fertilization) services, especially for women who are over the age of 35.”At the Chinese version of their website, the prospective customers are promised Chinese interpretation services. The center has recently launched its official WeChat account to engage Chinese clients.”China is a growing market for us we see growing opportunities for people traveling from China to the US for IVF services,” Francis said.At SCRC, the average cost for IVF service is around $20,000, and embryo preservation costs $500 to $800 a year. Despite the higher costs, the Chinese couples are choosing American reproductive clinics over Chinese ones because the services, such as egg donation, sex selection and gestational surrogacy, are not legal in China.Under Chinese law, only married women with infertility problems or cancer are allowed to have their eggs frozen because of concerns about egg trafficking. The authorities believe that the safety and effectiveness of the procedure have not been clear in China because it is still in the clinical research stage.”The couples who seek to have a second child are usually in their 40s. They are not young any more. To those who want to have a son or twins, this is their only chance,” said a Los Angeles-based “birthing center” operator who called himself “Adas Dad”.He said his “birthing center” had experienced lower demand from couples trying to have their babies born in the US after the federal agents raids on such “maternity hotels” early last year. But recently they were receiving more inquiries over IVF services in the US.At SCRC, another popular service is gestational surrogacy, a controversial topic in China and only available on the black market.”Now we have five to 15 new surrogacy mothers every month. But prior to that (second- child policy), the numbers were small,” said Wendy Chang, scientific director at SCRC.Many couples had planned for frozen egg and embryo preservation two years ago when the one-child policy was relaxed, according to Chang.Chinese couples especially prefer to have their babies born in this year, the Year of the Monkey, she said.Chang said her clients have the benefit of IVF treatment in the US, which gives their babies US citizenship.”The Chinese value family and childrens education. 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