You guys are awesome! kdorrain- you are soooooo right about the due date. I didn't consider how it could really alter the timeline of interventions at the end of the pregnancy - I just really want this 1st trimester to be over. So much better for the little guy to stay put as close to 40 weeks as possible. I just want to meet him ASAP and in this screaming July heat, February feels so far away - but we're all in the same boat on this thread
And a HUGE thank you to Adeline's Mama re this post:
"Some of us have lost babies, and have extreme anxiety that can either be controlled with knowing that our babies are still there or with "unnatural" medication. In my last due date club, I remember there being a girl who started a thread about dopplers and many people (myself included) attempted to school her on all the risks and how terrible they were. It wasnt until after I lost a child that I truly understood why she needed so desperately to hear her baby's heartbeat."
You summarized the doppler/ultrasound so perfectly! At the age of 41, I am paralyzed with fear of losing this baby and I NEVER want to go through that pain again!
On the other hand, as a Nurse Practitioner (not a new mommy-to-be) I just want to put my two-cents in on the ultrasound issue. There is a lot of very compelling research out there re: the potential dangers of ultrasound waves on the brain of a developing fetus. For an interesting summary, I would suggest reading "The Elephant in the Room" by Caroline Rodgers. This was an overview presented in October 2010 to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Just in case the link is disabled, you can find it by googling the name and author:
Nothing has been PROVEN, however, I DID discuss this issue with my OB and she and I both agreed that these two factors could play a significant role:
1) An inexperienced/poorly trained technician - many states do not require any training for persons who operate u/s equipment. As an NP, I (briefly) worked in a sports medicine practice where the 19-year-old receptionist was cross-trained on the U/S machine. When the office was busy, she would perform therapeutic ultrasound treatments to patients with sore/injured muscles. She didn't have a clue - and this was perfectly legal (because there was an MD/NP "supervising" aka in the office) and readily reimbursed by insurance. The machine she was using was an all-in-one machine that could do both diagnostic u/s and therapeutic u/s.
2) Improperly calibrated /poorly maintained equipment - Sadly, as technology has improved, the cost of purchasing an u/s machine has dropped and there are plenty of "used" machines out there for any joe-blow MD to buy. In an outpatient office, no one from the FDA or OSHA or whatever comes out to inspect that the machine is working properly. In the above-mentioned sports medicine practice, our 20-year-old u/s machine malfunctioned and "shocked" a patient (in addition to being an u/s machine, it also could do muscle stim/ EMS therapy on patients). It was not long after that I left that practice.
To be perfectly honest, I don't know that a doppler could produce the same time of heat that an ultrasound machine could. I wasn't aware of any risks associated with dopplers, everything I've read has focused on U/S machines. Guess I've got some researching to do on dopplers.