Back in the good ‘ole days, gender determination meant waiting until baby’s birth to find out if it was a boy or girl. Then, 2D ultrasound technology allowed trained professionals to determine that baby’s gender while still in utero. At that time, if gender determination was made, it was often discussed on site. Today, registered sonographers still play a big part in gender determination. However, in many cases, instead of telling the parents right away, they keep the “secret” so mom and dad can share the surprise with their family and friends at a gender reveal party. You’ve seen the videos all over the news and internet. Balloons and baseballs burst with blue or pink powder, cannons shoot blue or pink confetti, smoke bombs erupt in pink or blue smoke, etc. Although the gender reveal party concept seems fairly new, it actually started almost a decade ago. According to an article in the Washington Post, gender reveal videos began hitting YouTube back in 2009. The trend then really took off in 2011 and continues to thrive. In 2017, there was a 6o% increase in gender reveal video views compared to 2016.