The administrator of the Facebook group, I gave birth at home. Not brave. Not crazy. Just educated. recently posted this question, "With more and more information coming out regarding the danger of ultrasound, I'd like to hear your comments regarding the use of a doppler in pregnancy and labor. Doppler vs. Fetoscope? I'm interested to hear the perspectives of midwives that may or may not use them, and everyone else."
We thought this was a good question to open up to our readers as we have a number of midwives, birth advocates, women's health researchers, obstetricians and pediatricians who regularly contribute to and read DrMomma.org.
(these are commonly purchased for at-home use in the United States as well)
Below: Mom listens to her baby with the fetoscope
In case the subject of questionable ultrasound safety is new to you, here are several places to begin an investigation:
Dr. Marsden Wagner's Ultrasound: More Harm than Good?
Dr. Sarah Buckley's Ultrasound: Cause for Concern
Gloria Lemay's Ultrasound Precautions
Green Health Watch News: Ultrasound - just looking can hurt
Midwifery Today: Questions about ultrasound and the increase in autism
Midwifery Today: Ultrasound: Weighing the Propaganda Against the Facts
AIMS: Who says ultrasound is safe?
ASRT: Potential dangers of ultrasound on development
Safety and Usefulness of Ultrasound
Book: Ultrasound? Unsound by Beech & Robinson
Gloria Lemay's 7 Step Recipe for scrambling the brain of a baby
AIMS: Ultrasound: Powerful, Dangerous, Unethical