The casual observer might be forgiven for wondering why the medical profession is now involved in the wholesale examination of pregnant patients with machines emanating vastly different powers of energy which is not proven to be harmless to obtain information which is not proven to be of any clinical value by operators who are not certified as competent to perform the operations. — Sarah Buckley, MD
I’m now in my second trimester — 14 weeks, to be exact — and I have yet to hear my baby’s heartbeat.
It’s a weird feeling, to be honest. During my first pregnancy, I had no idea about the dangers of prenatal ultrasound. The second I saw those two pink lines, I knew I had to get an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. I had to know that my baby was alive and healthy. I had to know that this was real. And for many of us modern mothers, that requires a heartbeat.
But then I got my hands on one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read: Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley. She raises a question that nobody else is even bothering to ask.
Is it safe to expose your unborn baby to ultrasound?
In short, the answer is “we don’t know”. Now I’m not sure about you, but that just doesn’t cut it for me. Why would I want my child to be a human experiment for this technology?