YAY Carolynn! Let us know how that goes!
My midwife lends out fetoscopes at about 30 weeks (she can usually hear with a fetoscope at 20-24 weeks, and she's slightly hard-of-hearing, but she also has lots
One of the reasons we chose her!
Keri - that's exactly how I feel too.
Funny/horrible story about using a stethoscope to pick up heartbeat - my mom had a very, um, off
patient, whose psychiatrist sent her to my mom (family doc) because she was complaining about stomach pains. But, the woman protested, she couldn't be pregnant - her pants were tight, but she just dieted until they fit again, and when she hit her stomach the funny feelings stopped. So there was no need
to do a pregnancy test, or use a fetoscope, so she refused both. My mom just smiled and nodded, and used a plain ol' stethoscope, and found both the placenta and the baby's heartbeat. She also likes to point out that stethoscopes were originally invented just so a doctor wouldn't have to put his ear on his patients' chests - they make listening easier, but they're just specialized conduits, not amplifiers (although fetoscopes you wear on your head have some bone conductivity, too - so you can literally feel
the baby's heartbeat, and your skull helps conduct the vibrations to your ears better).
I have no idea what happened to the poor lady or her baby, though.