Emeritus editor in chief of the American Journal of Nursing, and now Director of the Bellevue School of Nursing’s Center for Health, Media, and Policy had this to say about prenatal ultrasound –
“I’m concerned about the proliferation of the perspective that fetal ultrasound is like a regular photo, when it’s not. We must change public perceptions about the potential dangers of fetal ultrasound and call for more research immediately. First Do No Harm should be the mantra that we all adopt.”
I could not have said it better myself.
It worries me that so many people believe that prenatal sonography is completely harmless, so many doctors claim that it is perfectly safe, and questioning it earns the odd eye.
But where is the proof that it is safe?
So far, all science has done is show the opposite. It has a powerful effect on the growth and development of plants, bacteria, and human tissue (if the other two were not close to home enough).
Sounds great when used for healing, but does not sound great when you consider fetal growth and development should not be altered AT ALL by outside means.
Then you have the papers that discuss side effects like ultrasound disturbs neuronal migration in mice… That is a -picture- of ultrasound causing brain damage. It is something that Joe Layperson can see, and it doesn’t take a genius to realize that shouldn’t happen.
What could this do to the baby’s health long term??
We need more research…