FRANKLIN, NC — In her compelling book, The Dark Side of Prenatal Ultrasound, researcher and birth advocate Jeanice Barcelo offers “a ground-breaking analysis of the documented facts concerning the dangers of prenatal ultrasound.”

She states, “Despite the medical establishment repeating the mantra that ultrasound is ‘just sound waves’ and therefore ‘perfectly safe’ during pregnancy, in truth, ultrasound is based on non-ionizing radiation, and many thousands of studies have confirmed that this type of radiation is harmful, especially for children and developing babies in the womb.”

In her book, Barcelo includes nearly 300 pages of sourced material and more than 1,800 citations to back up her findings that ultrasound is causing harm to developing babies. Barcelo asserts that ultrasound “should be banned from obstetrics immediately.”

“What I found out through my research is that ultrasound IS radiation,” she said, “and I can very clearly state to you that the Food and Drug Administration has known for many, many decades about the harm this technology is causing.”

Among the risks Barcelo cites that can be attributed to ultrasound exposure in utero are: radiation-induced genetic mutations that can negatively affect future generations; damaging reproductive effects that can lead to fertility issues and sterility later in life; radiation-induced brain damage and/or neurodevelopmental delays that can contribute to autism; and many childhood diseases.

“Our children have never, ever been this diseased and this sick,” Barcelo said. “One in six children in the United States is neurodevelopmentally disabled — one in six children! One in 30 children is autistic. And when did autism start? In the 1970s, when they started using ultrasound, mainstreaming it into obstetrical care.”

Barcelo’s goal is to encourage parents and those who want to become parents to fully understand the facts — and the potential risks — of ultrasound technology, fetal heartrate monitors and other devices that make use of non-ionizing radiation.

“The book contains life-altering information that could save the lives of many children,” Barcelo added. “It is time to take a stand to protect the children.”

About the Author

Jeanice Barcelo is an author, educator, researcher and birth advocate dedicated to protecting incoming babies as they make their way into the world. She has written several books about the dangers of medical interventions during pregnancy and birth, and she has lectured extensively about the impact of birth trauma and the need for preconception education so that future parents will understand the keys to birthing their babies in love. Barcelo has created a ministry to support future parents in this regard, along with a 20-week parenting program that emphasizes the importance of doing preparatory work prior to the conception of children.