I’m spending an inordinate amount of time in doctor’s offices these days. An insanely active STD? Goat pox? Imminent death syndrome? No—I’m having a kid. Actually, more my wife than me, but I still show up to the appointments.
As I’ve been talking to relatives about the latest developments, I’m amazed by the fact that I hear the same story from almost all of them. Essentially, when I was born, doctors didn’t really do ultrasounds on babies unless there was a problem. So far, knock on wood, we have had only great news about our baby’s health and development. Yet, we’ve had three ultrasounds so far. Three. With more coming.
Do we need really need three plus ultrasounds? Probably not. But am I interested in taking the risk of missing something important to save a few bucks on health insurance? Not so much. We could go back to the days where ultrasounds were something you did in an emergency and cut costs a little. Or we can use the best healthcare system in the worlds history to actually see what our children look like in 3D in advance of their birth like I did this weekend.