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#1 of 5 Old 12-05-2010, 05:03 AM - Thread Starter
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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?


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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.

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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.



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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

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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.

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