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Sorry - I did a quick web search first, but found nothing overly helpful. I wanted to ask here since some of you moms have mentioned having fetoscopes. I just bought one from ebay (black plastic kind that looks like a stethoscope with a horn). I am excited to hear the baby's heartbeat, but can't seem to find it. It works, though, since I can hear my own (of course). I'll be 18 weeks tomorrow night, so maybe I'm a bit early at trying. Still - one thing I read online was that you listen through the forehead (I'm assuming they mean the baby's <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). How on earth would I know which part that was at this point? Any tips? What should I listen for?
 

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When they say listen through the forehead... you rest YOUR forehead against the "horn" so you are not only listening, but feeling as well.<br><br>
Someone might have some more advice, but I gleaned that much from watching my MW.
 

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At 18 weeks it is pretty hard to hear with a fetoscope until you have a lot of practice -- I can't do it reliably. You can hear best if you put the fetoscope where you imagine the shoulder blade to be, or the front of the chest of the baby. You'd have to get the fetoscope in *exactly* the right place to hear at this point, so you may want to give it a few more weeks, knowing it gets easier as time goes on.<br><br>
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You can get your dh to listen with his forehead on forehead piece. The sounds are more easily heard when conducted through bone.<br><br>
It can be very hard to find the heartbeat. I would not get discouraged this early.
 

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Generally you should be 22-24 weeks before you can hear, particularly as a first-timer.<br><br>
Do not put your fingers, particularly thumb, on the tubing. You may end up picking up your own pulse! Since you can't rest your own forehead on it, use the top part (head rest) to push down on. You can't just lay it on your stomach like a stethoscope, you have to push in.<br>
Palpate the baby first and find out where their back is. Feel for shoulderblades and head, and then push in and listen. It'll sound like a very quiet thumping noise and is much faster than your pulse.
 

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Thanks ladies - no luck yet, so I guess I'll have to wait a few more weeks. Good advice (I would have never guessed about the forehead bone thing!)
 
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