Ultrasound 2.0? Parents Could Watch Their Unborn Baby Grow in 3D on New Virtual Reality Devices

National   |   Erin Parfet   |   Nov 23, 2016   |   12:40PM   |   Washington, DC

A Brazilian company is coming out with groundbreaking virtual reality technology that allows medical professionals to transform MRI and ultrasound data into 3D images and models of unborn babies, as reported by DailyMail.com last week.

Furthermore, this technology – which can be used to create images and models of the unborn child, the womb, placenta, umbilical cord, respiratory tract and heart – would provide doctors with a new means of detecting various diseases prenatally, according to the report.

Scientists are using virtual reality headsets developed by Oculus Rift to project a 3D picture of the unborn child, one that is clearer and more detailed than an ultrasound image, the report states.

Ultrasounds are common pre-abortion procedures, but former Planned Parenthood worker Catherine Adair commented that in her experience, “women were not given the option of viewing the ultrasound.”

In addition, 78 percent of abortion-vulnerable women who see sonograms of their unborn babies decide not to go through with abortions, according to a survey by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates. These images and illustrations of unborn babies help women to realize that it is indeed a baby and not merely a clump of cells.

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After all, seeing a 13-week-old unborn baby suffer during an ultrasound-guided abortion is what motivated Abby Johnson to leave Planned Parenthood, as documented in Johnson’s book, Unplanned. The story of Ebony, a high school student in South Bronx who decided to keep her baby after seeing the sonogram, is another compelling example.

Researchers believe seeing the sonogram of an unborn baby fuels maternal-fetal bonding because of the realization that a child is truly growing within the uterus, reports the Catholic Education Resource Center. Research through the same source suggests that bonding does not occur the day the baby is born, but months before that, especially as the mother feels movement of tiny hands and feet. The misconception that an unborn baby is a “clump of cells” is dying out because of modern technology, and it is being replaced with the realization that the fetus is really a tiny human life. This realization often drives the mother to want to protect her baby rather than end his or her life.

This new virtual reality 3D technology would personify the unborn baby even more than blurry sonogram images, making it even more clear to the mother the life that is growing within her. This increased knowledge of fetal development should empower the pro-life community, and make it even more clear to society that there is inherently, undeniably human life in the womb.

The increased knowledge of embryonic and fetal development should also assist the medical community in what truly goes on in utero to be able to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information to pregnant women.