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Can the doctor hear a babys heartbeat better by sticking a finger in a pregnant womans vagina doctor inserted finger in vagina saying its to help hear the babys heart better

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Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engravanswered
Emergency Medicine 31 years experience
It : It sounds like you felt uncomfortable with the examination. There is a possibility that your uterus was being maneuvered to help hear, but this is unusual and you need to address it. Please call the nurse and ask or discuss this with your doctor, and if you are concerned then you should contact the board of medical examiners and ask for advice.
Dr. Marc Mugmon
Dr. Marc Mugmon commented
Cardiology 48 years experience
I would suggest making a report to your state board of physicians even if you do discuss it with your doctor. I'm not an OB, but this does not sound like a typical maneuver used to better hear the fetal heartbeat. At least it never happened when my wife or any of my patients were pregnant.
Aug 23, 2014
Dr. Peter Liehr
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Exam?: I can share with you that in all my years as an Obstetrician I have never done what you’re describing nor have I ever seen a colleague do that. Without knowing the whole story, what you are describing is very concerning and you may consider reporting this to the state medical board. In all likelihood you may not be the only patient to have experienced such an “exam”.

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