Sisterhood Blog

Ultrasound Parties?

By Elissa Strauss

The latest in popular pregnant lady trends: sonogram parties.

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Yep, according to Lela Davidson writing for the Today Show website, parents are now hiring ultrasound technicians to come to their homes where they will provide the, eh, entertainment for the hosts’ friends.

Apparently, there are companies sprouting up around the country, in places like Florida, California and Arkansas, that, for a couple hundred dollars, will provide in-home fetus viewings. The technicians say most of the gatherings are to reveal the gender, but others just like having more time to look at their baby than you get at the doctor’s office, and among friends.

This all is all despite the fact that the FDA has an “unapproved” position on the recreational use of sonograms, because the long-term effects of the machines remain unknown.

Earlier this year I wrote a piece for Jezebel called “The Lazy Birthing Manifesto” which was a call for moms to not feel guilty about keeping their pregnancies simple and discreet. I was pregnant at the time and was wrestling with guilt because I just wanted to have a baby in a hospital with a good obstetrician; no midwife, doula, water or home births, birthing classes, breastfeeding classes, or elaborate baby showers for me.

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Digest: The Politics of the Ultrasound, SATC2 Musings

By Gabrielle Birkner

The Sisterhood Digest:

• Israel has become a major battleground in the Democratic primary fight between incumbent Jane Harman and challenger Marcy Winograd. Both women vying to represent California’s 36th congressional district are Jewish, but Winograd is much more critical of Israeli policy than is her opponent, and she has accused Harman of being beholden to AIPAC; Harman is taking her offensive to the airwaves.

• The New York Times reports on the new Oklahoma law, which, much like one enacted in Alabama in 2002, requires a woman seeking an abortion to “be presented with an ultrasound image and with a detailed oral description of the embryo or fetus.” Anti-abortion advocates hope this will encourage women to carry to term; those in favor of abortion rights say the directives are just cruel.

• Ynet columnist Rivkah Lubitch advocates the establishment of alternative rabbinic courts in Israel. Her call to action comes in the wake of the Chief Rabbinate’s new rules requiring the marriage registrar to send converts and those whose parents were married outside of Israel to go to religious court, in order to determine their status as a Jew or a non-Jew.

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