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#1 of 15 Old 04-06-2011, 04:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i don't want to have any ultrasounds/dopplers unless they're absolutely necessary.  has anyone here gone ultrasound-free?  if so, was your midwife supportive of your decision?

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This is my first pregnancy and I haven't seen a midwife/OB yet, but my GP that I saw at the beginning of this week mentioned that some people don't have any (I think she was feeling me out) and that there's no medical need to unless there's something seems off. It was nice to hear that from a medical professional, becuase you usually hear about them wanting to give you one eevry two weeks and have you hooked up to every machine possible.


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I had a hard time with the no dolppler thing it means the midwife either useing a featle scope sp? or waititng to hear the heart beat till later when they can use a steascop and even then the midwife kept grabing here doppler just becuse its easy I didnt like it but had to remind her everytime and I should add this was a very unmedical midwife vabc twin breach type . but even with that Im again with this pregacy going to try and keep the doppler to a minumum and no unltrasound without a good reseason

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My midwife made it very clear that having an ultrasound was my choice. Theoretically, I only want to testing that has a reason for doing it beyond "just looking". With that in mind, when I called saying I was having some spotting she explained how at this stage there isn't anything to be done about it, and that the best way to know what might be going on was to have an ultrasound. After discussing the might-be's of it a bit more, she left it up to me as a what did I want to do. (I chose going, 'cause I needed the peace of mind.)

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I didn't have any ultrasounds or dopplers doing my first pregnancy and that is the plan for this one was well.

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I never had an US with DS--and I knew when I had ovulated, so we didn't need one for dating.  All was well, my midwife was fine with it.  I had a doptone for his heart rate at about 16wks, but otherwise only used a fetoscope until labor.  I'm not sure if I'd make the same choice again, because I drove myself a little crazy with all the weird rare things that could happen--and that one would see on US.  It's not good to know too much when you're the pregnant midwife! ;)  You've still got plenty of time to make up your mind.  Congratulations!

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I didn't have an US with my last until about 41 weeks- to check fluid levels.  This time, I will be having one earlier because I really would like to know the gender (I know, terrible reason, but I really want to know this time in an irrational/hormonal/drive myself batty way.) I also want confirmation that there is only one in there to put my mind at ease  as the symptoms are so intensely early for me. 

 

I will do minimal testing/monitoring beyond that unless something wonky comes up. 

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No ultrasounds here either. My midwife has alternated between doppler and fetoscope in the appts I've had until now at 29 weeks. I like either method, but the doppler does have a way of letting me in on the fun since I can't hear on the fetoscope! I'm a new mama so I thought ultrasounds were the norm... so glad they aren't and that I haven't had any issues that would warrant one.


 


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I ended up having 3 with DD. The first one was for dating because I had no idea when my last period was since she was an "oops" and my best guess ended up being 2 weeks off. I'm glad we had that first one though because the date the tech gave me was almost spot on(he said September 8th, DD was born September 4th). The second one was a routine check at 20 weeks and the tech discovered that she had a two-vessel umbilical cord but didn't find any other issues. I had a third u/s at 32 weeks to check on the cord and everything must have looked fine because no one mentioned the cord or anything else. DD was perfect and healthy when she was born, no issues at all. At this point, I'm not 100% convinced that the whole two-vessel cord thing was true since both doulas at my birth commented on how healthy her cord looked and were pretty shocked when I told them it was supposedly a two-vessel cord. They both said it looked just like every other cord they'd ever seen. In hindsight, I really don't think the third u/s was necessary and like I said, I don't even know if the two-vessel cord diagnosis was even accurate. This time around, we'll probably have the one u/s and call that good and if they find an "issue" we might see if we can get a second opinion.


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well i would be happy to have no us, but my husband cannot wait that long to find out the baby's sex, so we will have one:)....and i dont want to wait too long to hear the baby's heartbeat, so we will have a doppler at our first appt. and prob. on occasion after that. after having a late mc awhile back (13 weeks), i am always soo nervous about hearing a heartbeat and want the assurance as soon as possible:) i also think it is fun for the older siblings to actually be able to hear the baby's heartbeat via doppler (and see the us since we are going to get that anyway). but i think it is great for those of you bypassing all of that.

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You can't tell if it's a 2 vessel cord without looking closely at the cut end of the cord, or *very* closely at the cord itself.  Probably wouldn't happen again, but I guess lightning can strike twice! ;)
 

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Originally Posted by Caitlin0919 View PostAt this point, I'm not 100% convinced that the whole two-vessel cord thing was true since both doulas at my birth commented on how healthy her cord looked and were pretty shocked when I told them it was supposedly a two-vessel cord. They both said it looked just like every other cord they'd ever seen. In hindsight, I really don't think the third u/s was necessary and like I said, I don't even know if the two-vessel cord diagnosis was even accurate. This time around, we'll probably have the one u/s and call that good and if they find an "issue" we might see if we can get a second opinion.


 

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Because I was older, the doctor in charge of my midwife insisted on an ultrasound but we were able to hold off until after 4 months at our request.


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By the end of my second pregnancy, I learned that Ultrasounds may change fetal cells, so I decided to avoid them unless medically necessary from that point forward.  I did not get a single ultrasound during my third normal, healthy pregnancy and I hope there is no need of one during this pregnancy either.


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My midwife is wonderful and will basically leave the ultrasound thing up to me. She doesn't own an U/S machine and most of her clients never have one. I, on the other hand, had something like 8 or 10 with my last PG with her, lol, all at my request or my consent to the recommendation of the MFM specialist we work with because I have somewhat higher risk pregnancies (and DD turned breech at the last minute, too, which led to an additional 3 U/S). I'd LIKE to go without any this time, but you know what? I've let go of that issue on this one. If I need one, I need it. I'm cool with that.

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I had 3 with my first. One for "dating" which I wish I would have been more informed- I already knew the date of conception, one post-bleeding to confirm she was ok, and the "normal" at 20 weeks. I've decided on this one I want to wait until about 30 weeks (when more of the organs are formed) for the routine unless there is a medical cause. I do want one to check for (albeit very rare) conditions that could cause problems in delivery. 

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