I am planning on visiting an OB during this pregnancy, but as infrequently as possible. For your pregnancy and UC were you glad to have a fetal doppler or did you find you really didnt need it? Did you use it at all in labour?
I had two midwife assisted homebirths and one unattended homebirth. I refused any kind of ultrasound in all of my pregnancies including doppler. Monitoring by the midwives was done with a fetoscope and I didn't monitor my UC baby at all.
mom to 3 home-born children, wife to a great guy
For my UCs I never felt the need to monitor my babies during pregnancy or labor. But after my first birth, my next four were all really straightforward and quick(between 1-3 hours). I did have both a fetoscope & doppler on hand to listen during my 4th & 5th births and if I had been uneasy or concerned I would have checked heart tones.
I would suggest if you think you might want to check during labor that you practice with your fetoscope during pregnancy as it can take some practice and getting used to.
i borrowed one and used it 2 times but it was my first UP so it made me feel more comfortable. i did not use it during labor. i wouldn't bother with it next time around
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
There has been alot of talk on a homebirth board I am on about unnesacary transfer of women in labour by midwives when they heard FHR's they werent happy with. Doplers and fetoscopes can be a blessing or a curse, depending on what you do with the info.
With my last UC I had a foetoscope and used it maybe 3 tiimes in pregnancy and none at all in labour. This time I got a dopler so the kids and my dp could hear the babies, and have again used it 3 times in pregnancy, and will not use it at all in labour.
I find the more 'equipment' available to me personally, the less i rely on my own instincts/body/baby feedback.