Have you ever made a brownie mix with a caramel packet? You know the ones where you are supposed to make 4 even lines and then move through them the other direction with a knife?
I was going to talk about how many people actually do it that way.
And about if perfectionists follow directions. (they don't. necessarily.)
And if rigid rule followers are perfectionists. (they aren't. necessarily.)
But I changed my mind.
Last night we had some friends over. One of the ladies had her first daughter in Austria. She said that she had a sonogram every month there. Apparently the MD's doppler was tied up in his ultrasound machine and it was just in his office so they got to see the baby at every appointment.
Noah mentioned that recently they banned "non medically necessary" sonograms in CT, in order to crack down on all the "ultrasound boutiques" that offer sonograms by non-medical people for pay.
Although there is not definitive proof, the concern is that the extra heat and vibrations may cause problems for baby or mother. Especially with some of this super clear images some machines are able to get, and also the amount of time they spend taping.
From what I (briefly) looked at, no one is particularly concerned about the grainy 2D ones done at the MD's office.
So I thought, "good for CT! there should be some regulation for 'keepsake' DVDs, when safety hasn't been established". But then I read some more things.
The concern is that some of these laws are backed by the abortion industry because women who see their babies are less likely to abort.
Apparently, however, the prolife organizations who do ultrasounds in CT say that the law is not of particular concern to them. Their sonograms are done by medical professionals, all under the orders of a MD and are done for medical reason (often to establish gestational age and viability). They are quick and not 90 minute intensive videotaping like at the boutiques.
People who are paying 100s of dollars at a boutique are probably not ones who are contemplating abortion.
I think seeing your baby "close up and personal" before birth would be fun, but I am not a big fan of the boutiques. I just think it is just too sketchy and the money may take precedent over safety.
I am more torn over the sonograms being done at the doctor's office. I think the 20 week one is good for checking on things. And obviously there are other conditions or circumstances that warrent ultrasounds, but I think sometimes they are done too quickly at great cost to the health care system.
So while I am a big fan of freedom.
I am also a big fan of keeping medical costs down.
And while I do appreciate technology in healthcare (I work in an ICU)
I also know that it can be greatly abused for people's impatience and selfishness
And while I do admire health care professionals
I also know they can be swayed by "what the people want"
which drives up health care costs
(deleted rant about people who demand/expect all the most amazing technology, hospital perks, private rooms, microscopic incisions, scans, labs but also expect that nothing will hurt, that they will live and fully recover despite their horrendous lifestyle choices, can sue for whatever they want AND that none of these choices should in anyway affect their insurance premiums or if they don't have insurance, heaven forbid that they should get a BILL from the HOSPITAL? Talk about emotional trauma...)
So what have you heard about ultrasound boutiques, new laws, unnecessary medical procedures? What do you think?