Making a Keepsake of Your Baby's Heartbeat - it's easier than you think
I was asked recently if a Sound Shadow could be created from an audio recording of a fetal heartbeat monitor, like in an ultrasound session. The short answer is yes, challenge accepted - so here's an example.
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How cool is that? But that got me to thinking "How would a typical parent, perhaps without technical audio experience, go about saving a recording of their baby's heartbeat?".
It's not nearly as difficult as things like this were, ahem, back in the day. In fact, its downright easy. Here's the quick list:
Record the heart beat monitor at the ultrasound session.
First, speak with your physician and / or ultrasound clinic staff about your interest in having an audio recording of your next ultrasound session; or maybe all of them. Ask them what options you have. Perhaps they provide such a service. If not, ask if you can use an audio recording app on your mobile phone to record. You can use the available voice recorder, or install any similar app. If your clinic has concerns about phone transmissions, you can put it in airplane mode. Or ask if you can use a hand-held recorder. I've spoken with friends whose clinics and physicians had no problem letting them make a recording with their phone, especially if someone like the father or partner is running it. However, if they say no, they have a good reason - perhaps their clinic also provides services that don't handle mobile phone transmissions well.
Get a Fetal Doppler Heart Monitor for home.
You can search your favorite local baby store, online store, or search engine for "Fetal Doppler Heart Monitor". For about $50 USD, you can have one at home and listen to your little sprog tick any time you like. Use your phone or recorder to record the output.
Practice recording and listening, so you're comfortable with getting a good recording and that you'll get it right on the night.
There was a time when hearing a baby's heartbeat in the womb happened only a few times. What a neat world we live in that this no longer has to be true. Make a recording when you can and keep it in a safe place, so you can enjoy it later. And of course, consider transforming it into a unique piece of art.
Last, let the medical professionals do all the medical stuff. As cool as a Sound Shadow heartbeat looks and sounds, it's for memories only.
I'd love to hear from physicians and medical technicians on this topic - feel free to comment on this post or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Title Photo by Scott Webb from Burst