'If it had been a girl, I don’t know what I would have done,' says Amela as she recalls waiting to find out the sex of her unborn baby.
Ten years ago, Amela, who is now a 43-year-old mother of three in Bijelo Polje, in northern Montenegro, was hoping for her first son.
Keen to know if she really was carrying a boy and not another girl, Amela took the road that many women from Montenegro follow.
In the first weeks of her pregnancy, she went to the Serbian capital Belgrade to take a genetic test at a private clinic to determine the baby’s sex.
'Luckily, it was a son. I wanted a son to please my husband,' she says.
Giving birth to a son to avoid criticism and even condemnation from both family and society is an obligation that many women in Montenegro have faced for centuries.
Read article by Svetlana Slavujevic from BalkanInsight.