Why do women seek ultrasound scans from commercial providers during pregnancy?

Roberts, Julie and Griffiths, Frances E. and Verran, Alice and Ayre, Catherine (2015) Why do women seek ultrasound scans from commercial providers during pregnancy? Sociology of Health and Illness, 37 (4). pp. 594-609. ISSN 0141-9889

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The commercial availability of ultrasound scans for pregnant women has been controversial yet little is known about why women make use of such services. This article reports on semi-structured interviews with women in the UK who have booked a commercial scan, focusing on the reasons women gave for booking commercially provided ultrasound during a low-risk pregnancy. Participants’ reasons for booking a scan are presented in five categories: finding out the sex of the foetus; reassurance; seeing the baby; acquiring keepsakes and facilitating bonding. Our analysis demonstrates that women's reasons for booking commercial scans are often multiple and are shaped by experiences of antenatal care as well as powerful cultural discourses related to ‘good’ parenting and the use of technology in pregnancy. Sociological and public debate about the availability of commercial ultrasound and its social and personal impacts should consider the wider sociocultural context that structures women's choices to make use of such services.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Roberts, J., Griffiths, F.E., Verran, A. and Ayre, C. (2015), Why do women seek ultrasound scans from commercial providers during pregnancy?. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37: 594–609, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12218/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Ultrasound, Pregnancy
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12218
Depositing User: Roberts, Julie
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 08:18
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 02:05
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29772

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