ah here we go...
Marsden Wagner has some great perspecive on u/s
an article from Sarah Buckley: http://www.mothering.com/articles/pr...und-risks.html
and some others:http://apt.allenpress.com/perlserv/?....0.CO%3B2&ct=1http://www.alternamoms.com/ultrasound.htmlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv....section.49499
this one talks about how the "routine use of ultrasound in pregnancy should be discouraged." :http://stason.org/TULARC/child-paren...ltrasound.html
The problems with ultrasound are many.
* Unborn babies are being exposed routinely to a technology that has not conclusively been proven safe.
* Practitioners are becoming so dependent on machines that they are losing their hands-on skills.
* Machines are increasing the level of fear around birth as practitioners become less connected with the essential process. The rate of surgical birth is soaring.
* The routine use of scanning and the off-hand comment to women that the scan is being done to see "if your baby is all right" covertly and overtly implies that a scan can absolutely rule out fetal variations and defects. Women and families are led to believe that modern technology guarantees them a perfect baby. It is therefore imperative that as midwives we counter this worldwide cultural trend by being very clear about the benefits and deficiencies of ultrasound exam procedures and emphasizing that no one can guarantee anything in life or in birth.
Parents must be told in no uncertain terms that it is unrealistic and unreasonable to expect detection of all fetal anomalies even with the most expert and through scanning, regardless of the method used and the stage of pregnancy when the exam takes place. The skill of the technician and the quality of the scanning equipment are critical to the accuracy of the exam, the degree of ultrasound to which the fetus is exposed, and whether existing problems will be detected or nonexistent ones accurately ruled out.
— Anne Frye, Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, Labrys Press, 1997