I appreciate the ideal guidelines for ultrasound use promoted in UK medicine. I find it concerning that many practitioners in North America diverge so heavily from safety guidelines.
I get the feeling that practitioners are inundated with new techniques and are cautioned against so many possible problems.. It must be taxing to be worried that so many things can happen, know that it’s possible to catch a life threatening problem at a second’s notice, but never know exactly where to look.
Ultrasound gives reassurance because it actually lets you see what’s going on (at least a little). When I stand in a dark room, knowing I could trip over anything, it’s really hard to not be nagged by instinct to be over cautious.
The difference is that using ultrasound to see could hurt the baby. Compelling scientific evidence suggests this, and more research is needed to know what is truly safe.
I hope that things change and people become more aware of this kind of stuff. We are both responsible for the well-being of, and also setting examples for all future generations.
I feel like we should take their best interests to heart. Our species depends on it.