Ok, so. I had to share my thoughts on a product concept I have just learned about. I am a little freaked out, a little concerned, and way way waaaaaayyyy uncertain about the moral fiber of humans if these are the types of products they think of as “Cool” and “must have”
This will take some prior explaining…so here goes:
Ultra-sound, people think of it as a common thing. They use it in the hospital and it seems like just another thing, like urine samples and photographs. They even have it where you can see the babies face now. Cool right? Well, yeah. It is pretty cool. The thing is, ultra sound is not completely safe. You heard me. It’s not, never has been, completely safe. Doctors use it only when there really is a need, or you are advanced enough into your pregnancy to have the benefit of checking on the baby and catching any missed issues override the risk factors involved in sending these waves into your body! Yes, that’s right, your doc knows that Ultra sound is not completely safe, he just considers it so important to the possible help it can do in detecting issues ahead of time, that he is WILLING TO RISK IT, for the sake of your child.
Even the person who invented the Ultra-sound is somewhat concerned about the way people cavalierly regard this treatment. In fact, I have heard people have been having Ultra-sound baby shower parties. Where they hire a tech to show the baby to the entire party for all to see. Um…Whoa. That is sooooo worrisome. See, we tend to, when we have used a product a long time, kind of conveniently forget that it is still and has always been, not completely safe. Just because we are “Use” to having something around, doesn’t mean it has gotten any safer just because it no longer scares people to use it.
Now, that being said. This new product has come into consideration. It is a concept design so it is not on the market yet, but..it worries me.
The article goes like this:
Did you ever wish you had a “reassurance window” during pregnancy to see what was really happening to your baby in the womb? University of New South Wales design student Melody Shlue created a concept to offer just that. Her PreVue Fetal Visualization Device is an e-textile based apparatus that uses 4D ultrasound to provide an X-ray vision of sorts to pregnant women, their partners, and well, any passersby. Women would wear the belt around their pregnant bellies and a screen on the front showcases Baby’s latest fetal tricks whether he’s yawning, sucking his thumb, doing flips or just plain taking a snooze. Read on to learn more about this pregnancy gadget concept.
and shows this cool image:
Here is the thing. Even if they work on this product and pass safety inspections and such, is it really ok to put these things on our body and subject a fetus to constant exposure to it? I looked at the comments on this thread and was kind of horrified to see a woman with the same concerns I have being treated like she is a complete moron or wet blanket, raining on pregnant woman’s parade. She was subsequently informed, in a rather haughty manner, that women have been having babies for centuries and to just stop being a worrywart. My question is this, WTF are you talking about?
Last time I checked natural processes make babies. There are cells and genetics involved and even those can get totally F-ed up, causing birth defects, complications and other things that science has worked desperately to minimize for a safe pregnancy. Pregnancy is natural, but it is not and has never been “SAFE for EVERYONE” So let us just stop with the “Woman have been having babies for thousands of years without help” bullshit ok! Woman have been dying in childbirth and dealing with early deaths for just as many of those years before science intervened to help that not happen so much anymore. Saying that pregnancy is safe and that your body always knows what to do, is complete crap and it really is time we stop saying stupid shit like that to people. Sometimes natural needs a hand to stay on course, and even mid-wives are taught what to do when the natural birthing goes to hell in a hand-basket.
Man makes products, and those things are most definitely NOT, natural or even slightly part of a natural progression of pregnancy.Companies greedy for your money make these things. Companies that have, in history past, passed products into the marketplace and then, later, come to regret it. (when babies die or are born with birth defects) then, it’s all “Oops! Our bad!” You really want the cool thing more than you want a healthy safe baby? Seeing that baby a few months early is really more important to you than being concerned and knowing all the facts about a product before using it?
I want to smack someone. I want to smack them because it took me 6 years to get pregnant with my daughter, 6 years and I finally got pregnant with that amazing child I call my greatest gift. There is no freaking product on this planet I would trust on my body sending sound waves into my womb over and over again without a professional doing the work. Someone in the comments even said they would only use it sparingly. YEAH RIGHT! Like a kid in a candy store with a free pass to eat as much as they want, telling you they will limit their intake. I call BULLSHIT.
I don’t want a baby to come into this world with something strapped to them that they cannot fight off. I do not want to take a chance on 30 years from now wishing this product had never come about. Yes, it would be cool to see baby in the womb. It would be, but I don’t need it to be. So many people are excited to have new products and new technology, they get giddy. The thing is, is it really worth it to do this thing that could one day be the reason your child is not healthy? If you think so, ask yourself this. Who is going to be the one designated to explain to your child the reason they are scarred or marred for life if things go South with this type of product? Will it be you? Will you really be ok with explaining to your child that you just wanted to see them before they were born? That you cared more about seeing them, than safeguarding them? I like gadgets just as much as the next person, but there are limits. Things that could harm another human being that I love and have yet to meet, is mine.
What’s your line in the sand?