M. Soulé, with L. Gourand, S. Missonnier and M.-José Soubieux
Ultrasound Testing during Pregnancy and its Implications
The ultrasound, a preparation to the meeting with the real child, that can eventually be sick, fascinates
The second number of the collection At the Dawn of Life , gathers video documents (over 4 hours and
a half), a book and a CD-ROM, dealing with psychological aspects, from the first ultrasound to those related
to pathology and to the announcement of abnormalities.
Praticians have access to a considerable knowledge and power, but their responsibility is all the more
bound. Future parents, often bedazzled in front of this anticipated birth, feel threatened by the performances
and by the failure of technique.
Positive or negative, psychological repercussions are inevitable. The analysis of these elements, improved
with theoretical contribution on the image, leads to an original reflexion on the role of the ultrasound, which
place in the process of parentalisation proves to be fundamental.