I completely understand that the world we live in today is not the same world I grew up in or even the same world it was ten years ago. It seems in this day and age people will use any excuse to have a party. We have Super Bowl parties, wedding receptions, birthday parties, baby and wedding showers, house warming parties, holiday celebrations and the list goes on and on. Perhaps the list is getting too long.
Having a baby is definitely something to celebrate, it’s a life changing event and I get that and I’m very much for baby showers. What I don’t get is the new trend of ultrasound parties. I don’t think it’s that I’m
too old or stuck in my ways, I just think it’s going to far too fast.
Imagine hosting a party where you invite friends and relatives to
your home for drinks and snacks. After everyone is seated and the ultrasound technician arrives with her equipment, you lie down on the couch, pull up your shirt and everyone watches as gel is applied to your belly and then the image of your baby appears on a screen. Some people are using this “at-home” ultrasound party as a way to announce the sex of their baby or to show people they are having more than one child.
This is wrong on so many levels. Thankfully the companies that
are providing this service require the expectant mothers to have confirmation from their doctors stating that the pregnancy is progressing normally. However, there are many things that can go wrong during a pregnancy and I believe this party venue should be banned.
Speaking from experience, I lost a baby (a long time ago) at
twenty weeks. I can only imagine how horrific it would be to have a party where the image of a malformed fetus is projected on a screen in front of friends and family or if there is no heartbeat. How awful that will be for some people, not only for the parents of the child but also for the party guests. One of the companies that does the in-home ultrasounds claims they wait until after the public viewing and then pull the mother aside if they see anything strange and then advise them to see their doctor immediately. But to be realistic, some abnormalities would be blatantly apparent on the screen.
It seems nothing is sacred anymore. I understand the ultrasound
appointment can be an exciting time but maybe that should be a reserved special moment for mom and dad and not half the neighborhood. Moms are one-upping each other these days before the kids even hit the incubators. Chill out mom’s, there will be plenty of time for parties later on.
You would think that people would have enough common sense……but
If given the opportunity would you have an ultrasound party?
If they had ultrasound parties when you were pregnant (years ago) would you have had one? Do you think these parties are a good idea?