I do agree with the OP that u/s can be notoriously wrong for Down Syndrome. But it can lead the parents to further testing, which is their right.
I'm not saying every woman should have 20 u/s willy nilly. What I'm arguing is that for the majority of women that have repeat scans, that it's for a reason. And trying to make these women feel guilty by the OP minimising their reasons in the name of a perceived safety is disingenuous.
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04-04-2013 11:49 #24
If people choose not to have ultrasounds that's okay, but atleast make sure you aren't dribbling sh!t as to why. If people choose to have ultrasounds willy nilly, that's their call.
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04-04-2013 11:59 #25
Ultrasound saved my baby's life. It's not just for fun! I firmly believe that the 20wk ultrasound should be bulk billed so everyone can access it without the high costs.
My baby was born with a severe heart defect that was picked up at the 20 wk ultrasound and monitored through scans for the rest of the pregnancy. Without that detection she would have been born, come home, and probably died when she went into heart failure at 4 weeks. Because we knew about the problem her life was saved. Some issues can't be found until its too late.
Did you know that 1 in 100 babies are born with a heart defect (in varying severity) and that ultrasound picks these up and saves lives? And that's just heart defects, not the myriad of other issues that can be detected.
Ultrasound is a vital medical tool that saves lives, like anything, you weigh up the risks of tests and make an informed decision. Ultrasound is very low risk in comparison to what it might show that can be fixed/treated.
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With my second pregnancy I had in total approximately 7-10 scans
I was bleeding badly. Aside from a cervical check to tell if it was open or closed for a miscarriage.
Please tell me what else they were supposed to have done to check the baby was alive baring in mind my issues were from Conception through to 13 weeks so its unlikely that a Doppler would have been able to have pick up the heart beat till the 12/13th week and that's if I was lucky.
Was I supposed to go for 13 weeks not knowing of my baby was dead? For the risk of possibly harming her though ultrasound?
Was I supposed to bleed so badly that my thighs were swimming in blood and have it soak through my pants and watch the faces of the ED staff as they seen their blood soaked sheets from where i was sitting and not have a scan each and every time this happened to make sure she was ok? For fear of the ultrasound harming her further?
Don't you think my mentality would have hurt her with all the worry fear and wonder if she was even still alive had I not had those scans..
Let me end this by saying she is a very smart and bright 2.5 year old now. The scans did not harm her one bit. And frankly I don't think they harm babies at all.
Throw this In the basket along with the
Vax's cause Autism and all the other panic merchant studies with no real value or substance.
04-04-2013 12:06 #28
There was no link in your op and I havnt read all relies so not sure if its gone up since but I am one of those anxious pregnant mums who worry about everything. So on the numerous times I had a bleed in early pregnancy I had a scan to check everything was ok. With DD1 i had 2 scans, DD2 I had 4 scans and with DD3 I had 5 scans.
I am confident that the risks you are speaking of are greatly in the minority. For me my worrying far out weighs the very slight risks you are speaking of. I believe that an anxiety free pregnancy for me would be extremely beneficial for my bub. I wouldn't do anything differently
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