I am 14 weeks pregnant with my first child. So far, everything looks good, and I am considered to be low-risk. My question is about how to say no to my OB. For various reasons, a midwife was not a good option for us. We chose an OB who has a great reputation for low-intervention deliveries and for respecting mothers’ wishes. I don’t agree with the over-medicalization of pregnancy, so I thought we were on the same page.
So I was surprised to find that at every visit, she has recommended some new screening test or ultrasound. I turned down the nuchal translucency screen at 12 weeks, but now she is recommending I get an initial anatomy ultrasound at 16 weeks, plus the quad screen and another anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks.
I don’t see the point of the 16 week ultrasound, but it feels irresponsible to decline it. Any advice for how I can stand up to my doctor without feeling like a negligent parent? — Ash