“Canada’s pregnancy specialists and the nation’s radiologists are calling for a halt on using ultrasound for the sole purpose of determining the sex of an unborn fetus.
In a new joint policy statement, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the Canadian Association of Radiologists also say it could be considered unethical for private, commercial clinics to offer “entertainment” ultrasounds purely for the purpose of creating “keepsake” videos for expectant parents.
The position statement comes amid mounting concerns that in Canada, people are using ultrasound to determine the sex of a fetus early in pregnancy and to have it aborted if it is a girl.”
During my pregnancy I had more than 10 ultrasounds, especially at the last two months. When I had 7 months of pregnancy, my protein level was a little bit elevated, and my doctor decided that it’s necessary for me to stay at the hospital for some days. During three days at the hospital I had two ultrasounds! I was OK, and my baby was perfect. I don’t know if my baby was affected for many unnecessary ultrasounds, but I will be more cautious with my second baby. I believe that many doctors including mine make you believe that you have high risk pregnancy, and make you do a lot of unnecessary analysis. They care only about your money, not about your and your baby’s health.
Many sonographers, complacent with ultrasound, see primarily benefit and little to no risk. In their minds they believe that they are doing what is best for the mother. They believe that when they order multiple ultrasounds that they are being extra-safe. They also believe that for every ultrasound they order, they will get written a fat paycheck. $1000~ for a procedure that costs only a little KY jelly to perform looks great.
So, when a mother requests as little intervention as possible, oftentimes practitioners will give resistance. They often give odd looks, act concerned, and attempt to guilt trip the mother into changing her mind.
Personally, I believe that women deserve full control over their own pregnancy. They should have the final say in all things, and doctors should fill the role of advisers and assistants, people to help nature progress as it will in the best way possible.
Dr. Sarah Buckley, MD, created this website back in 2005. To summarize: studies estimate 99% of Australians, 70% of North American pregnancies involve prenatal ultrasound…why? It is very risky. Using it as a screening tool for abnormalities is exposing a majority of the population and this is dangerous.
I agree.. it’s a problem that is mostly propagated because of business success. Every individual mother is going to want baby pictures, making it a viral market. With the advent of social media pictures are self advertising treasures.
Yet, not enough research has been done to prove that they are safe yet. Research takes a lot of time, especially when there is no fountain of money just waiting.
There have been many side effects discovered in animal models, but ethics issues preclude human studies. So the safety assessments released have concluded safety based on lack of evidence.
The side effects discovered already urgently demand further attention… more research is required. Consider reblogging this message because more people need to know about these risks. Apparently the message didn’t get out in 2005.
Our future generation’s health is seriously called to question here.