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Examining Technology's Effect On Early Pregnancy Detection

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It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that expectant parents could see and hear their baby through means of ultrasound and Doppler. With those advances also came a dramatic change in how we view early pregnancy loss.

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a historian of women’s health about the impact of technology on first trimester miscarriages and how what was once considered an abnormal period is now the lossof a baby.

HEAR MORE: Lara Freidenfelds lectures this afternoon on "A History of Early Pregnancy: Late Middle Ages to Present." The event, sponsored by the KU School of Medicine's Department of the History and Philosophy of Medicine begins with at 4 p.m. with a a brief reception in the Clendening Foyer (1000 Robinson Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.) with the lecture immediately following at 4:30 p.m.

Guest:

  • Lara Freidenfelds, historian of women’s health and author of The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America

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Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.