Ultrasound Belt? Could This Concept Become A Reality?


When I was pregnant with my second child, after having a miscarriage a few months earlier, many of us who had experienced recent losses joked about how we would like to buy an ultrasound machine to have at home so we could check up on our babies daily.

Well, soon that may not be a joke.

Via InventorSpot.com:

New to the world of eTextiles is the PreVue pregnancy screen, an abdomen attachment that lets expecting parents see their child’s growth and development as the natal process progresses.

Conceptually, this thing is great. New parents love to see the ultrasound images of their child and will often hold on to the printed picture for years if not the rest of their lives, and a product that gives easy, daily access to a child’s development with the push of a button is certainly something that will generate interest. Of course, practical application might tell another story. The pictures of the concept PreVue look great, but will the actual device deliver such clarity? Not only that, but will issues arise concerning just how much use the PreVue should have, both for the health of the child and the mother? In addition, eTextiles run the problem of e-hijacking and hacking issues, representing potential privacy issues.

Of course the real question is, once this becomes available, what are the odds that states will mandate wearing one for 24 hours before getting an abortion? And, likely, making the woman pay for it out of pocket?

(Hat tip, Jezabel)

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  • brady-swenson

    I’ve read a few studies that point to causes for concern exposing a fetus to too much ultrasound.  Sarah Buckley writes about the studies in her book Gentle Birth, and summarizes them here.  Not to alarm anyone, I know that stress and worry isn’t good for mom or baby either, and ultrasound can often help put worried mothers-to-be at ease.  Just wanted to provide information so people can make informed decisions for themselves! 

  • goatini

    So when the females of the Project for a New American Dominionist Theocracy test positive on their daily pregnancy test, they’ll be placed under house arrest, with the tracking anklet/bracelet, and the ultrasound belt, affixed on their bodies with tamper-proof locks.

  • beenthere72

    I just showed the jezebel link to a friend of mine and got the most winning comment of the day in response:

    Oh Honey!  Look!  Our baby is UGH-LY!  Are we SURE we want to go through with this?!??!