Hi guys, just thought you might appreciate my input (as a sonographer). The intensity of the ultrasound setting used 'to have a listen' to the heartbeat is one of the most powerful we can use when we are scanning. There is debate as to whether it does harm when bub is very small and the heart still developing. A lot of sonographers now won't take that chance and use another setting instead to measure the heartbeat. When I am scanning I would rather err on the side of caution for the sake of your baby and only use that setting after 12 weeks when the heart has developed. Without going into the physics of it (which we study for years to understand), sometimes you have to trust that the sonographer is doing things in your best interest and that of your baby. It is NICE to have a listen but not medically necessary and I explain the reason behind doing it to the people I scan and they are absolutely fine with it once they understand why we don't do it. Most sonographers would not do what they do just to be mean, like I said, trust that we are keeping up with the latest research and studies and doing things in the best interest of your baby. You may not understand a lot of what we do but we do it for a reason!!
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23-01-2012 06:56 #21
23-01-2012 08:44 #22
I was not having a whinge about the sonographers not "allowing" me, they did their job fantastically!
Thanks for your info, very interesting to know!
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23-01-2012 09:18 #23Senior Member
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Sonogloz, thanks for that info. I was wondering the same thing as op.
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23-01-2012 09:21 #24
I heard the heartbeat at my 20 week scan. I'm also going through the Mercy, but at Heidelberg. So weird that Mercy Werribee would have a different policy to Mercy Heidelberg. My scan was 5 weeks ago and it was done at the Hospital too.I also heard the heartbeat at my 12 week scan, but that was at a private u/s place.Freaking out a bit now, hope bubs is ok. I did hear the heartbeat at every scan with dd, and we had extra scans 5 or 6 in total, most of them in the final weeks, due to her heartrate often dropping into the 70s when they put the doppler on her, or when I was put on the machine for them to check her trace. Now I'm worried those scans harmed dd's heart permanently.
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23-01-2012 09:30 #25
We had a dating scan at 7 weeks and could see bubs heart flickering away but could not hear it (probably for the reasons stated above). We did get to hear it at the 12 week and 20 week scans though
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23-01-2012 09:47 #26
Yeah, I had my 1st at The Mercy when it was in East Melbourne, that's where I first heard the heartbeat. But that was at 20 weeks.
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23-01-2012 10:30 #27
23-01-2012 12:04 #28
Ultrasound, more harm than good? Is a good article IMO.
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23-01-2012 12:06 #29
Sorry bub hit send lol, there are a lot of other non invasive (and cheaper) ways to hear bubs heartbeat.
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23-01-2012 13:58 #30
If using a Doppler does increase the risk of damaging a developing heart, why do some places still allow it? Scary. You can even buy a Doppler to use at home from Ebay! If I hadn't known the dangers (and it's clear many don't) and had a Doppler at home, I know I'd be using it to listen every day! Can you imagine?
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