Seeing the Baby on the Ultrasound

There’s no doubt that seeing one’s future child on an ultrasound monitor is a powerful experience, the first visual evidence of the fetus in a culture in which seeing is believing. The encounter can be so compelling, in fact, that some medical providers are using it not just as a diagnostic tool, but as a treatment in itself. Zack Boukydis, a professor of psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has been working with doctors for almost a decade to expand routine screenings into lengthier “ultrasound consultations,” in which the pregnant patient is encouraged to point out her fetus’s features, observe its behavior, and notice its responses to actions of her own such as talking or laughing. “I was inspired by the pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, who popularized the idea of ‘touchpoints,’ or critical moments in child rearing,” Boukydis says. “It seemed to me that seeing the fetus on the ultrasound had become an expectant mother’s earliest touchpoint, her very first experience as a parent.”


As the first touchpoint, experience as a parent.

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 Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Paul , Annie Murphy (2010-09-28), Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, Free Press, Retrieved on 2011-02-08
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