Drawing upon fieldwork over the past ten years the author includes observations at ultrasound clinics interviews with pregnant women and their partners and a discussion on how ultrasounds echoes become meaningful as babys first picture a snapshot of the fetus in utero. Babys first picture ultrasound and the politics of fetal subjects article pdf available in journal of health politics policy and law 291 february 2004 with 204 reads doi 101215 03616878 . Babys first picture is an exercise in cultural studies of technology the author is an anthropologist her book is an ethnography of maternal ultrasound practice in montreal focusing on the pregnant patients and on the technicians who take the sonograms. Babys first picture ultrasound and the politics of fetal subjects this chapter examines several of the historical processes through which those dots have materialized as a fetal subject on the ultrasound screen i do not claim to offer a complete history nor even a particularly detailed ontology of the fetal image in montreal in . Lisa mitchells book babys first picture is a fascinating look at how certain technological advances are seamlessly incorporated into womens experiences of pregnancy mitchell traces how experiences of fetal ultrasound become normalized and routinized as part of obstetrical care primarily her
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