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Hello <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm just wondering whether you felt the need to monitor the baby's heart rate during labor or not, and if you did what did you use/would you recommend that or another method?<br><br>
Thanks ladies! I'm not due until the fall so I have plenty of time to decide what I want to do. Any advice is appreciated.
 

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I don't plan on monitoring, but I do have stuff here to do that if I need to. Sometimes listening to the babies heart beat helps me concentrat...but I have an electric stethescope, not a dopler, so I doubt we would be able to hear anything during a contraction....but all my kids are movers...so as long as they kick in protest during labor, I don't see the need to monitor to much.<br><br>
I think its a good idea to have te stuff on hand, but I honestly doubt that you will be much into monitoring during labor.
 

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I think I checked three times when I was in labor with a doppler. It was reassuring during transition just to hear it bump-bumping along, but I only checked for a few seconds....not like you're "supposed" to (after a contraction for a certain length of time, etc.).<br><br>
I haven't really decided if I will check or not this time. I will have the doppler on hand and may check a couple times, but only if I really feel like it in the moment or if I'm concerned about something.
 

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I'm going to monitor with a doppler. I plan on renting one in November (i'm due in December). My dd barely moved when i was in labor so just for my sanity i will use it every so often to make sure everything is ok.
 

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I didn't monitor. I just never felt like I needed to. I did have a fetoscope on hand, but I never used it during labor. I suppose it would be nice to have something just in case you felt something might be wrong. Hearing the baby's heartbeat could be reassuring. But it's also sometimes hard to find the heartbeat once baby descends into your pelvis. I could see myself panicking and rushing off to the hospital only to find out I just hadn't been able to find it. No. I do better just trusting in the process. But that's just me.
 

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Trying to monitor the baby's heartbeat would pull me out of animal birthing brain and into my logical thinking brain which would not be a good thing for laborland for me.<br><br>
so no, I don't monitor.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Trying to monitor the baby's heartbeat would pull me out of animal birthing brain and into my logical thinking brain which would not be a good thing for laborland for me.<br><br>
so no, I don't monitor.</div>
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Ditto that. That would interfere with my labor groove too much! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have a fetoscope that I will use if my waters break early on. They usually break when I'm close to pushing and in that situation, I wouldn't bother. I just want to make sure the cord is not being compressed.<br><br>
I want to add that finding the heartbeat w/a fetascope is hard sometimes. I have to lie down on my back and search around and, then, it's still very soft - everything has to be quiet. The mw I see said, during birthing, using a fetascope can be difficult so I'm not hopeful we'll actually use ours.
 

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I didn't monitor but I have super fast labors so there would have been time.They tried to get my third baby's HB at the hospital but I had her 7 minutes after arrival.LOLI am also not very good at picking up the HB when I'm not in labor so it just seemed like more bother and I felt I would have felt a problem before I would have heard it.
 

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I used a fetal scope but frankly it would not matter what I would have used it takes too much of a mental operation for me to count and think about late decels and to flow with labor at the same time--- my brain did not like the 2 contrasting things I was trying to do at the same time- the result was a far more disturbing labor for me I would not recommend you being the one responsible for processing the info of heart rate at the same time you are trying to be in labor ---
 

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My husband listened (doppler) during the more active part of my 12 hour labor when I didn't have the presence of mind to. (maybe three or four times total) I was glad to have it since it was a long labor. I wonder if I would have been bothered by worry had I not. I also got stuck at 9 cm's for a few hours (PITA!) so I broke the bulging bag of water to help get me to complete. It was nice then to have too.<br><br>
If I knew beforehand from previous experience that I labor quick, I wouldn't bother, but unfortunately, that's not ever been the case for me!
 

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I also would only listen for just a few quick moments to hear that it was within normal range. (listening before, during and after a ctx would have been for the birds!)
 

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I have never monitored either. I own a doppler and have it available...but have never felt the need to use it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Trying to monitor the baby's heartbeat would pull me out of animal birthing brain and into my logical thinking brain which would not be a good thing for laborland for me.<br><br>
so no, I don't monitor.</div>
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that's pretty much what I was going to offer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I didn't monitor with anything from the "outside" and I have no plans to with this one.
 

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The only one of my babies that I have had monitoring during labor was my one when I had a MW. And she had me lay down during a contraction so she could monitor the heartbeat every once in a while. Those were the only contractions that I really consider painful. I have not monitored again, nor have I laid down during contractions again.
 
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