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How to Listen to Baby's Heart Beat in Pregnancy

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Updated July 02, 2014

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The Pinard Horn
This is a type of fetoscope for listening to baby's heart beat in pregnancy.

Pinnard Horn

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The Pinard Horn is an old fetal listening device. The flat end is placed on the doctor or midwife's ear while the horn part is used to move around the pregnant mother's abdomen.

This can be used from about 18-20 weeks of pregnancy as well. This is not as common at prenatal care appointments, though it does not use ultrasound technology.

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