Forgot to mention a woman who was in our childbirth classes. She had signed up for a study - they did an ultrasound on her EVERY WEEK! She had 30 of them I believe. I forget what they were studying but I was horrified. So was our childbirth teacher (Bradley method). Our teacher tried to nicely ask her some questions to make her think but she (the woman having all the ultrasounds) was completely fine with it - her DOCTOR told her about the study so it must be 100% safe of course!
Side question about doppler. First pregnancy I had one most visits but nurse-midwife did use the fetoscope some. When I was in labor I asked the nurse there to use the fetoscope and they DIDN'T EVEN HAVE ONE ON THE LABOR/DELIVERY FLOOR!
I told them I knew there were some over in the clinic (a one minute walk down the hall) so finally someone went and got one for me but the nurses in L & D had no idea what to do with it and couldn't hear well with it. When my midwife came (she was at another birth down the hall), she did fine with it.
Second pregnancy, we used doppler and fetoscope about half and half. I was reducing our use but still did use it to quickly hear the heartbeat.
This pregnancy, we have only used doppler twice I think. Last visit (30 weeks) my midwife could hear the heartbeat with the fetoscope but I couldn't. Bummer but he/she is kicking around in there - and the midwife heard what she needed. So I am fine with that. I do use doppler but try to keep it to a minimum.