Originally Posted by Sourire_Smile
Some questions you might want to consider:
If you have an US and they find a defect that could be cured by surgery while baby is still in the womb, would you? Would having to make that choice add to your stress level?
I'm confused. Are you asking this because the answer would change when she should get an US if she decides she would feel more comfortable having one (because, in the very rare cases where fetal surgery is indicated and offered, you usually need to know about the defect before 28 weeks)?
I'm asking because fetal surgery (surgery done while the baby is still in the womb), in almost all instances, is still very much in it's infancy, if you don't mind the pun. The only possible exception, although it's still being researched, is fetal treatment in the case of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). There are very few hospitals that do fetal surgery (I happen to work in the NICU at one that does), there are only select conditions (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
- CDH, Myelomeningocele, TTTS, etc.) that may be eligible for fetal treatment-- and it may vary by hospital which condition they offer fetal treatment for, probably based on which conditions they have grants to do research on because most of what is going on in fetal surgery currently is experimental. Which also means that those offered fetal surgery, at this point, are generally on the severely affected end of the spectrum for their defect. For example a baby with a small CDH, who will still require surgery and intensive care after birth would not be offered fetal treatment because the risk of doing fetal surgery is greater than the risk of allowing them to continue to develop without intervention, whereas a baby with a very large CDH who has a very small chance of surviving without intervention may be offered fetal treatment-- with the understanding that it may or may not increase the chance of survival.
The only reason I explained all of that is that in the vast VAST majority of cases, fetal surgery doesn't enter into the equation.
Sorry to be so
I agree with moonfirefaery, there are risks either way (US or no US), each mother has to figure out for themselves which set of risks they are comfortable with.