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post #21 of 24

I'm sorry: that's really hard. :(

 

FWIW, I considered myself pretty darn educated about pregnancy and childbirth last time, but I didn't even THINK about doppler use as a potential issue - even though I tried to avoid unnecessary ultrasounds. This time I'm avoiding the doppler, simply because it seems kind of inconsistent to do one but not the other (although I do plan to have the 20-week anatomy scan). Interestingly, my midwife said the fetoscope probably wouldn't work until 26 weeks or so, so I was expecting to see the baby before I heard it! I'm pleased to hear it can be used earlier than that, though. Anyway - my point is, there is SO much to know about pregnancy, birth and the like. There will ALWAYS be something we find out after the fact - "Ooh, I wasn't supposed to eat that?" or "I was meant to supplement with that?", or "[routine intervention] is linked to [rare complication]?"... or we can know all about the major "conditions" like gestational diabetes and placenta previa, and then get caught completely by surprise by some off-the-wall condition that one in a million women gets. You know? It doesn't mean that we are ignorant, neglectful mothers - it means we're people.

 

Also, I wish midwives would be clearer about the doppler thing. Neither of mine told me that it used ultrasound waves. You'd think, being midwives, that they'd get enough crunchy/low intervention-type clients who might want to decline them if they knew about it. It doesn't seem to be common knowledge, so I think they should just say before using it the first time, "This uses ultrasound waves", explain how equivalent it is to an ultrasound, and give people the choice. You know?

post #22 of 24

I'm so sorry for your loss.

post #23 of 24

so very sorry.

post #24 of 24

I'm very sorry.  Take care of yourself.   hug.gif

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