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Finding the Best Fetal Monitor

Angelsound fetal dopplerAdvancing technology and falling costs mean that fetal monitors are moving from the hospital and doctor's surgery into the home. In particular, the use of Doppler technology has led to some very reliable home units.

However, although prices have been falling, this is a product that may only be used for six months, and many potential buyers will want objective advice on what to purchase.

Unfortunately, such guidance is hard to come by. I could find online no objective reviews comparing the different models. However, online sales sites like Amazon.com solicit consumer reviews, and these are often quite valuable.

Amazon.com lists fetal monitors. One of the most popular of these is the low-cost Angelsound Fetal Doppler (pictured).

According to a product description:

The Angelsound Fetal Doppler enables you to hear your baby's heartbeat from as early as 12th week in the comfort of your own home, and at an affordable price.

Based on sophisticated ultrasound technology it...is lightweight, portable unit which can give you the peace of mind that your baby is safe and well at all times throughout your pregnancy.

In late-2009, it had received an impressive 32 customer reviews, with most reviewers awarding it five stars (out of five).

Here is one review:

I love this product! I received it at 11 weeks and was able to hear my baby's heartbeat after about 1-2 minutes of searching the first time I tried it. (However, I am pretty thin, 5'5" 112 lbs, I don't know how well it would work for someone a lot heavier). At first I had to press down fairly hard on my lower abdomen to hear it.

Now I am 12 weeks and can hear it more easily. I have been able to find the heartbeat within a few seconds each time this week. The heartbeat is loud and clear! It is so reassuring to be able to "check on" my baby whenever I want. I looked at a lot of fetal dopplers online and this was by far the most inexpensive product. It does not measure the heart rate for you like many of the other ones do, but you can always count it yourself with a stopwatch or watch with a second hand.

I have not yet tried recording the heartbeat, but there is a cable included to do that. There is also a second jack for a second set of headphones, but only one set comes with the device.

And another:

My husband and I bought this doppler and it is awesome! Even though I'm still pretty early on (13 weeks), we can hear our baby's heartbeat loud and clear! It's a little hard to find the baby when it's so small, but once you get the hang of it, its so easy! It is definitely a great investment. It really puts a first time mom's mind at ease!

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February 22nd, 2007
Updated: November 9th, 2007

 

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