FETAL DOPPLER – NEED ADVICE

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@xdaydreams05x:  I got mine off eBay and it works great! I paid around $45 for it and my grandfather, who’s an ER doctor, told me I got a really nice one and he even did a scan for the heartbeat for me when I saw him around 15 weeks pregnant. I would have been a nervous wreck without it before I could feel my little man moving all the time. It’s just comforting knowing he’s okay in there.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My advice is don’t do it.

I understand the allure….but I’ve had more than one panicked phone call from a client that “can’t find the baby’s heartbeat” and I rush to meet them and clop-clop-clop there it is just where it should be.

At the end of the day, it seems like a benign way to entertain yourself, but it is a medical/health tool to evaluate fetal wellbeing and some training is useful.

As a practitioner, I try to be understanding but sometimes when I get these calls I feel like, “Well, you bought the ticket, you go for the ride.” It’s frustrating that people think it’s so easy and then get themselves (and me) terrified when they don’t know how to properly use it.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Sonoline B!  A bunch of bees had it and recommended it, I got one when I was 10 weeks pregnant. It’s fantastic, was able to hear baby at home at 11 weeks 🙂

However, @cdncinnamongirl:  is right. Everyone who buys a doppler should be very aware that sometimes you may not find the baby on the doppler. It does not mean anything is wrong, it means you’re in the wrong spot or the baby moved. Especially as you get further along. I’m 29w and baby moves when I turn the doppler on, I have to try and follow her!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I agree with both above post! I have to admit I did freak myself out the first time I tried mine because I couldn’t find the heartbeat but you have to know where to “look” and if you start using it before 12 weeks or so the heartbeat is much lower in your tummy than you think. It’s below the panty line. Now that I can feel him move, like @Lyndzo: said, I have to follow him around to find it because he’s flipping and rolling around. But I only check it now when he’s being lazy or I haven’t felt him in a while.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

The myths on dopplers aren’t true. I asked my doctor before I ordered mine, she said they’re safe. She said don’t listen for hours, listen for a few minutes whenever you feel the need. There’s no harm in it.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I also checked with my doctor and my grandfather who’s a doctor and both said it was fine in moderation. A few minutes a day does nothing harmful to the baby

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I got the Sonoline B doppler (about $50) and it has worked great for me. I never had a problem finding the heartbeat, but I didn’t get it until I was about 10 or 11 weeks along. Before then, I’ve heard it’s harder to find.

Also, my doctor OK’ed it–as long as we didn’t use it for long periods of time EVERY day. I did it a couple times a week for just a minute or two at a time.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

So, studies showing heat rising due to doppler use are “mytical?”

http://www.fetalmedicine.com/fmf/Doppler%20in%20Obstetrics.pdf

 

It’s not my intention to be an alarmist, but I think people just believe ultrasound and doppler use is 100% safe, when we don’t know that. Xrays were thought to be 100% for years and years before we understood their risks.

This is all a matter of opinion. I’m personally not comfortable undergoing unnecessary doppler/ultrasound procedures if possible. I just thought I would share what I’ve come accross. It’s just something to consider, that’s all.

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