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This post contains links to get you started in answering this question. The links are highlighted in grey, the first is an internal link, detailing what is involved with making informed decisions. The second and third will take you to other websites (and will open in a new window) and contain further links to assist in your exploration.
As with any aspect of your birth preparation, informed decisions require you to either consent or refuse even 'standard' procedures. It is important to weigh up the risks and benefits of procedures and to be aware of 'repercussions' if you do refuse.
In the case of ultrasounds, some care providers will be happy to forgo some, or all, others will insist on them in order to access your 'status'. If it is important to you that these tests are not conducted, you will need to find a care provider that supports this.
It is generally accepted that ultrasound is harmless and safe, but there is research that suggests there is cause for concern. As Dr Sarah Buckley summarises, and provides evidence for, there are not only limitations to what an ultrasound can ascertain, but there may be harmful side effects too.
This article serves as a summary of the current research and understanding regarding ultrasound.
It may also be necessary to point out that handheld dopplers use ultrasound.