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Old 06-04-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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Fetal Dopplers And Ultrasounds, The Potential Risks

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/ultrasound.asp


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Old 06-04-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Thnx for the info I do have a doppler we havnt found the hb yet.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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I think that for me, I used to read about the risks and think about the concerns. But I think that after you have a full term stillbirth, you look at some of these "interventions" differently. I know someone in our grief support group did not have an ultrasound and their baby had a congenital heart defect that can be corrected with surgery. They did not know this when he was born and they took him home from the hospital, only to have him pass away days later. I know they were devastated (of course) to know that their son could have survived. I think if you look at ultrasounds as just fun tools then you aren't realizing what they are really intended for. If they are used as intended, they can be life saving. So many people think of an ultrasound in terms of finding out the sex of the baby, but they are meant for so much more than that.
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:53 PM   #4
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Re: Fetal Dopplers And Ultrasounds, The Potential Risks

DDDC to say yeah, Janelle, I completely agree with you. And, sometimes even these advanced ultrasounds don't catch all of the problems that are going on, but to many of us, the slight risk from ultrasound technology is well worth it.

And, of the sources that the OP linked, with no discussion just links which I have to say is just so off to me, there is exactly ONE source that I would consider to be at all credible. There are no links to actual, science based studies. I'm a UCer, and I swing pretty far out there on no interventions, etc, but I don't see how this post is at all helpful. Are you trying to start an open discussion, or just drama?

ETA: I only clicked on the link because it came up in "new posts" in two different boards, so I assumed spam and I was going to report it.
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Old 06-05-2011, 05:52 AM   #5
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I was merely wanting to give information to those who may not have it. At one point in my life I had viewed ultrasounds as carrying no risks, I no longer feel that way. I was not looking to cause drama, but to help others be informed that there are potential risks to something they may view as carrying no risk.
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I'm on the very crunchy end of things and while I always appreciate more information, sometimes too much information from too many sources can just be confusing, especially to "newbies". I strive to be very low intervention, but I think you have to weigh the potential benefits of modern medicine as others have mentioned. I also think that *everything* comes with some risk. .. obviously having a completely intervention free birth has it's own risk factors.

In the end, each of us has to make there own choice and hopefully this is a place where we can be supported in our choices! I knew last time there was some risk with doppler and u/s, but still choose to have two u/s and the normal 10sec of doppler at each MW appt. And I will do the same again.
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For the most part we dont do the early U/S but we have always done the anatomy for reasons listed above. We wanted to make sure our babies were ok before entering the world.
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Re: Fetal Dopplers And Ultrasounds, The Potential Risks

Thanks for the interesting links. We were considering skipping U/S this time (I had one at 20 weeks previously). With my first baby my midwife used the doppler once early on, to make sure there was a heartbeat. I'm pretty sure we still want to do that at my first appointment (she doesn't see me until I'm at least 3 months). I think that discussions about the safety of u/s, vaccines, and other medical interventions are great. If we've learned anything from the past, it's that we always have to be vigilant because dangers are not always discovered quickly.
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Thanks for the interesting links. We were considering skipping U/S this time (I had one at 20 weeks previously). With my first baby my midwife used the doppler once early on, to make sure there was a heartbeat. I'm pretty sure we still want to do that at my first appointment (she doesn't see me until I'm at least 3 months). I think that discussions about the safety of u/s, vaccines, and other medical interventions are great. If we've learned anything from the past, it's that we always have to be vigilant because dangers are not always discovered quickly.
Thank you for responding. This was my reason for sharing the links. I have three boys, my oldest I had an ultrasound every 4 weeks from the time he was 6 weeks gestation, right up to the day before he was born. I thought it was the coolest thing, and never thought that there could be a risk to my son. With my second I didn't have as many ultrasounds but still had 3-4. Finally, with my third, I also had 3-4 ultrasounds. I now wish I'd known that there were potential risks before exposing them to so many ultrasounds. If it'd just been the 20 week anatomy scan that I'd had it wouldn't really bother me as much because that is pretty routine. While I plan to forgo ultrasounds this time, if I had a concern or a gut feeling on something, I wouldn't hesitate to get a quick ultrasound to check on my concern. I just know that it is becoming more and more common for women to have multiple ultrasounds through pregnancy, sometimes even at every appointment. I feel that it is just SO, SO important that women know that there are potential risks so that they can weigh them against the potential benefits before making their decision on having one, or many ultrasounds.
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