Saturday, September 6, 2008

Can you see it?

There is no image as difficult to decipher and as laboriously studied as that of an fetal ultrasound. Every expectant parent, regardless of experience, peers intently at the screen trying to tell the difference between the hand, the leg and the backside. But this is the first fuzzy sight of your new child and you want so much to see something. Your Developing Baby: conception to birth is a wonderful resource for helping to understand ultrasound images, how they're used and what they mean. Written by two professors of radiology from Harvard Medical School (Drs. Peter M. Doubilet and Carol B. Benson), this book has hundreds of ultrasound images that are accompanied by extremely useful diagrams outlining what each blob and shadow means (sorry, but they all look like blobs and shadows to me). The book also illustrates how amniocentesis and chorionic villi sampling are done, how to tell the difference (in utero) between fraternal and identical twins, how triplets space themselves within the uterus, and what an ectopic pregnancy looks like. Most parents will enjoy seeing the pictures of babies at different stages of development, comparing these images to their own unborn child and imagining what their newest family member will look like. This is sure to be a must-read book for any expectant parent (or grandparent).

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