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In the Year of the Dragon, Bay Area Couples Dream of Dragon Babies,  Feb 26, 2012

Brandon Li and Catherine Xi don't consider themselves superstitious. Both engineers, they have careers in Silicon Valley's tech industry. But the Santa Clara couple, like many other Asians in the Bay Area, are frantic to have a baby in the Year of the Dragon. Some couples are taking ancient herbal remedies or even investing in expensive medical procedures to increase their odds of getting pregnant and having a child before the end of this lunar year, which began Jan. 23 and runs until Feb. 10, 2013, when the Year of the Snake begins. That gives them less than three months to conceive if their baby is to be born before then. A Los Angeles company that offers in-vitro fertilization services and surrogacy said business has skyrocketed by as much as 300 percent since November, with calls coming in from as far away as China.

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