This article presents the findings of anthropological research on the use of obstetric ultrasonography in routine antenatal tare in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Over the past two decades, the use of obstetric ultrasonography has undergone substantial expansion in affluent countries, and is now an integral part of antenatal care in the global North.
The expansion of obstetric ultrasonography has taken place under the influence of commercial interests; the interests of medical practitioners, who find it useful for a variety of purposes; and pregnant women's desire to see the child-to-be prior to birth.
In this article, we present the findings of anthropological research on the use of obstetric ultrasonography in routine antenatal care in urban northern Viet Nam.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discourages the use of obstetric ultrasonography
for nonmedical purposes such as keepsake photos and videos, the college said in a new opinion from its Committee on Ethics.