what about listening to fht's in labor? did anyone do it w/ a fetascope?
what's the best quality/cheapest fetascope?
I did use a doppler during labor though. I had wanted to use the fetoscope but was open to a few doppler checks. Once I was actually in labor though there was no way that I could lay down to use the fetoscope, and it only worked when I laid down. Anyway, I just looked at my birth record and it said the doppler was used 7 times over four hours but I barely remember that.
If you are planning to check the heartbeat during labor then you might want to consider renting it for that.
I've used a fetscope for all 3 UC's, and it seems I've used it less with each one. *I* had a problem using mine but it is likely because my ear canals are shaped funny, dh never had a problem, my best friend never had a problem, just me lol.
I've never used it in labor... the monitoring of FHT's really doesn't tell you much, you'll get much better info. by just listening to your body and trusting in your intuition. Also, I think you run the risk of instilling unnecessary fear with listening while in labor (this is just my opinion of course) but babies move during labor and towards transition and after the baby is really low and it's hard to pick up tones, I would be concerned that if you couldn't find the heart beat you'll start to panic.
ETA: I forgot to answer your other question. I did have a fetoscope and used it mainly to help determine position, because although I know that breech is a normal variation, I still have some fear surrounding it. If I knew the baby was vertex I wouldn't have to work through that fear. Kind of a laziness on my part I guess. I never had a problem hearing the heartbeat, although sometimes it was faint due to baby's position. Also, sometimes the baby can "hide" behind the placenta, but mine was conveniently to the side rather than in front.
We didn't check FHTs in labor. I felt very certain that all was right -- mostly intuition (which can be very powerful if the mother is in a situation where can access and pay attention to it,) but also I had some idea of what normal labor should look like for me, under ideal conditions.
this is excellent advice.
it's put my mind at ease.
i've just joined the group as i have been doing research on ultrasound safety and i don't like what i found.
so i am going to ask my midwife to use a fetascope too.
i was looking for fetascope info and came across this discussion.
i like all the info you gave on using it like how easy it was for you to hear your little babas heart beat.
i wonder if i could ask you a question.
i'm pregnant since the 6 th of sept 2013 from my own dates i'm very sure of the conception date.
though i hadn't been having periods as i was still breastfeeding my now 1 yr and 7 month boy.
but one must have been due as i conceived on the 6th of sept.
though for calculating my babies due date have you any tips.
i've been presuming that the 6th was day 14 of a 28 day cycle hypothetically .
which would make my LMP august 23rd so i estimated i'd be due on may 30th 2014.
would you come to this conclusion too or do you suggest anything else.
i live in ireland and for home-births they are so controlling that if a woman goes over 9 days she and her midwife are requested to go to the hospital for scans and amniotic levels tests etc.,
if all is fine by their tests then grand but if their machines show otherwise then they tell you must be induced.
i have faith in my baby and body though that all will be fine and i'd cross any challenging bridge if i come to it.
but i considered giving myself a bit of time to go overdue by just saying that i had a period on the 25 th of august
so i'd then be estimated to be due on june 1st 2014 which would give me a bit extra time.
though i generally give birth on time as they say, or a day or 2 before or after i've had 3 previous lovely home-births.
i just wondered what any one or you thought.
I have a fetascope but am not sure if it will work properly under water. Will I need to pop my belly out of the water to use the fetascope during labor, you think or does someone here have experience using one while in water?
Rachel, mom to 5 children and expecting another in 2014!
Never had the need to try underwater but I suppose you could test it beforehand and it's easy enough to pop out of the water if you need to and want to check hb during labor.
As for post, I also use a fetoscope, I got it for about $15 off amazon. I've been able to hear the hear rate since about 18 weeks, it took some time getting used to. at first I'd spend 10-15 minutes trying to hunt for babys heart beat. Now it usually takes 5 min or so, hubby's always able to find it faster than me lol.