Doppler Question

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@pittgirl4:  it says the heart rate but they don’t always tell me what it is.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine also always check but they dont tell me the HR. Impretty aire my midwife is following it though cause I see him timing it on his watch 🙂 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@pittgirl4:  My doc has used the doppler every visit since 16 weeks.  They always tell me what the heart rate is.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@pittgirl4:  mine used a handheld one similar to the personal ones you can buy online, and he never told me the heart rate.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My doctor would check every visit starting at 12 weeks and they told me what the HR was.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

My doctors always checked with the Doppler and told me the HR.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@pittgirl4:  Some newer dopplers have a digital screen with a HR counter on them but even non-OB personnel check the fetal HR manually (ie, we’re listening and counting, not relying on the screen). So it doesn’t matter if it’s shiny and new or from 1980- if it can pick up the fetal heart tones, it’s functional.

~ Your friendly neighborhood ER nurse, who usually doesn’t even notice if the doppler she grabbed out of the drawer has a HR counter or not.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have a doppler at home to check the heart rate on my own. Its so fun to find it while laying in bed at night and letting the family listen. My 1st dr appy she did an ultrasound and the 2nd and 3rd have been w a specialist so ultrasounds too. Not sure what to expect at dr appt 2 w reg OB on a couple weeks. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I do ultrasound (not fetal) and we use Doppler. Doppler is the sound of the blood flow with each beat. (That’s the most simple way to explain)

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2004

My soctor always checked and let me know what the Hr was.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@pittgirl4:  If you wanted to know, I agree that she should’ve counted it out.  But once you’ve been doing it awhile, you can tell generally what the HR is just by listening for a few seconds (i.e. 120s vs 140s vs 160s), so if it sound normal and the baby’s moving, she probably doesn’t care to know the specific rate.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@pittgirl4:  That’s weird; it takes literally one minute to count, and it’s not hard- I show first-semester nursing students how to do it all the time.

 

Edited to add: Not that I’m saying I don’t think she was capable of it, just that that’s a very basic request and one she should have been willing to comply with, and her blaming the machine is lazypants.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Since we are on the topic of dopplers, how early can you hear a heart rate using a Doppler? is the heart rate usually checked at every appointment? I’m new to this and curious…

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