No U/S unless deemed necessary by my cpm, no doppler other than in labor either. I had no idea with my first that U/S could possibly harm him (had 2 u/s). I've read a lot more since then and just don't feel comfortable doing it unless necessary. I'll never forget how my 1st would try to get away from the doppler!
I have used them recently. Unfortunately they didn't work that well on my almost 2yo. They would probably be okay on a much younger baby who doesn't pee large amounts at a time. They did contain the messes though. I used them with a Flip cover. I think you could totally use them with a newborn. Hope that helps!
Yep, We're planning one! I had a homebirth with my first and wouldn't do it any other way. I actually work with a midwife as a birth assistant, so it should work out pretty good to use her for this one. Can't wait!