She is simply pointing out that the issue is far more complex than most clinicians have patients consider, and that parents need to ask themselves the hard questions Finally, it's also important to note that none of these tests are mandatory.
Although many women are simply told that they will be taking these tests, it is ALWAYS your right to decline any or all of these tests.
It creates an image by bouncing ultrasound waves off of tissues inside the body (in this case, off of the baby).
They don't consider that intimately wrapped up in the question of prenatal testing is the moral dilemma of abortion and the thorny issue of eugenics.
Barbara Katz Rothman points out: The history of prenatal diagnosis has roots in the eugenics movement..of its history has been an attempt to control the gates of life: to decide who is, and who is not, fit to make a contribution to the gene pool.
This FAQ covers ultrasound information and issues specific to women of size.
Big moms are STRONGLY urged to read the FAQ on Ultrasound Safety and Accuracy BEFORE reading this FAQ, so that they can better understand the benefits and risks of ultrasounds before reading about their implications in women of size.
Large pregnant women face even more confusion, since prenatal testing can be slightly harder in this population, and the results can be more confusing.
However, since they may be at a somewhat increased risk for problems like neural tube defects, they also face greater pressure than others to have these prenatal tests, even though the tests are often difficult to interpret.
Don't let any provider try to bully you into (or out of) tests---listen to their counsel, do your own research, and then MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES.
Ultrasounds use "sound" waves of extremely high frequencies to help figure out what is going on inside the uterus.
Kmom can't emphasize the importance of reading BOTH FAQs strongly enough!
[However, please note that some duplication between FAQs was necessary in certain spots.]"The technology of prenatal diagnosis is usually presented to us as a solution, but it brings with it problems of its own..technology of prenatal diagnosis has changed and continues to change women's experience of pregnancy." All pregnant women in our technology-happy modern society face confusing choices about prenatal testing, its advantages and disadvantages, and its appropriateness for them.
A brief description of the test, its purpose, and the procedures used are given for each test, but the majority of the information is about the specifics of large women and the test.