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    Quote Originally Posted by oldblue View Post
    No offense but depending on far along some woman are, it is hard to always stick to fetal movements. Personally still at 35 weeks my bub doesn't meet the quota of 5 times in a hour most days, even though i have contacted the midwives and been tested multiple times since week 20, all tests and scans showing that there is no issues, i just don't feel every move she makes. So being able to hear the heart beat is reassuring for some and also pushing down with the Doppler get's my bub to move also as apposed to just eating ice which is what they give me in hospital which does nothing now.

    I understand what you are saying and do suggest if you are worried at first still contact your midwife and be tested but if all is good, so what is the matter of some harmless fun of checking on your growing bub as along as the medical people say that the bub is fine.
    Its 10 movements a day, not 5 movements an hour.

    And personally I have met a poor lady who's baby was stillborn (she wasn't feeling movements, but was checking the heartbeat at home) and it had died a week before she eventually came into hospital in labour at 39 weeks. Clearly she was not listening to the baby's heartbeat and her baby's life possibly could have been saved of she came in a week earlier and didnt check the heartbeat at home.

    do whatever you want at home, just don't let technology lull you into a false sense of reassurance. If you think something's wrong, go see someone who's studied and trained for many number of years in pregnancy. Don't rely in a $20 piece of electronics from eBay.
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    My Doppler was reassuring before movements and because I am a worry wart. When it's a niggling feeling the Doppler is amazing, you can hear bub moving and the heartbeat and it makes you feel better. I agree it does not replace antenatal care but I found it helpful so I wasn't making 5 doctors appointments a week which I so could've with all my concerns as again I worry a lot and about stupid stuff.
    That's a horrible thing that happened to your friend but I don't think that's the case with all people with dopplers and I think if you really feel something is wrong then you need to call a doctor or hospital, but if it's just 'I want to hear my baby to put my mind at ease because I think something might be up' and the next day you feel fine than it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    Its 10 movements a day, not 5 movements an hour.

    And personally I have met a poor lady who's baby was stillborn (she wasn't feeling movements, but was checking the heartbeat at home) and it had died a week before she eventually came into hospital in labour at 39 weeks. Clearly she was not listening to the baby's heartbeat and her baby's life possibly could have been saved of she came in a week earlier and didnt check the heartbeat at home.

    do whatever you want at home, just don't let technology lull you into a false sense of reassurance. If you think something's wrong, go see someone who's studied and trained for many number of years in pregnancy. Don't rely in a $20 piece of electronics from eBay.
    I think you've made your point. The OP has previously lost her baby, I'm sure she is all too painfully aware of what can go wrong without needing to hear it from you & I'm quite sure if she genuinely had an issue she wouldn't hesitate to seek help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathermy View Post
    I think you've made your point. The OP has previously lost her baby, I'm sure she is all too painfully aware of what can go wrong without needing to hear it from you & I'm quite sure if she genuinely had an issue she wouldn't hesitate to seek help.
    So unless you agree with everyone else in the thread you can't post on bubhub anymore? I'm just pointing out the pros and cons of using technology that is normally used by trained medical professionals at home. There are pros and there are cons. It's as simple as that.

    And I'm sorry that OP had a second trimester miscarriage, but having a Doppler at home won't prevent that.

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    No one is saying that they use the doppler as means of care for the baby and not going to the hospital. I am sure they all keep their appointments and use the doppler as only a means in between appointments to hear the magical sound of their babies heartbeat and hear he/she moving around.

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    The thread wasn't about the pros and cons of using the technology though.

    OP... I used a Doppler a friend bought on eBay during my pregnancy. I wouldn't freak out or anything if I couldn't find it straight away or anything, or if the heart rate was different. Just like being able to hear it. Sometimes I'd go a whole week without using it, and by about 30 weeks I stopped using it altogether because I had an active bub...who also has a heart condition! I just felt better if I could grab it have a listen for a minute and if I was ever genuinely worried I called my OB.
    I honestly think the cheaper ones or hire ones are fine...but don't succumb to the iPhone app- my baby's beat I think it's called. It never worked for me! Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    So unless you agree with everyone else in the thread you can't post on bubhub anymore? I'm just pointing out the pros and cons of using technology that is normally used by trained medical professionals at home. There are pros and there are cons. It's as simple as that.

    And I'm sorry that OP had a second trimester miscarriage, but having a Doppler at home won't prevent that.
    OP didn't ask for pros and cons, she asked for recommendations as to where/what to buy.

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    Hi everyone, thanks for your contributions. I have a sonoline B fetal doppler one on its way to me as we speak. Im sorry for the controversy caused.

    For the people concerned about over reliance on the Doppler, yes I still call the midwives and speak to them when I am concerned but more importantly (in my opinion) I am actually trained (through an honours degree and beginning of a phd in a related field) in using Doppler and distinguishing and identifying different blood flow sounds and I know when I am listening to the baby's heart beat, umbilical sounds or my own blood supply. I am suffering from extreme anxiety this pregnancy and while the midwives are happy to chat to me on the phone, I'm not so sure that understanding would extend to me fronting up at delivery 4-5 times a week so they can confirm that although bub hasn't moved in the last few hours (yes im only yalking hours, obviously if it was longer id go straight up there) she is just sleeping and hasn't passed away. As a pp said the Doppler often in the past gets her to move when she hasn't in a while, which is a great deal of comfort for me. Additionally as I am not past 28 weeks the midwives have told me they are not yet concerned about number of movements per hour, bub is too small to use a trace to check health and all they will do if I come in is check for fetal heart sounds using a Doppler. Which I can do at home and quickly alleviate my fears (or quickly realise if there is a possible issue)


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    Quote Originally Posted by wannawannabe View Post
    Its 10 movements a day, not 5 movements an hour.

    And personally I have met a poor lady who's baby was stillborn (she wasn't feeling movements, but was checking the heartbeat at home) and it had died a week before she eventually came into hospital in labour at 39 weeks. Clearly she was not listening to the baby's heartbeat and her baby's life possibly could have been saved of she came in a week earlier and didnt check the heartbeat at home.

    do whatever you want at home, just don't let technology lull you into a false sense of reassurance. If you think something's wrong, go see someone who's studied and trained for many number of years in pregnancy. Don't rely in a $20 piece of electronics from eBay.
    I just wanted to say that i am deeply sorry to hear that, that particular lady lost her baby and that i wasn't saying that i let it give me a false sense of reassurance i just said it is nice to be able to check on my bub.

    As for the movements the hospital i am with in Victoria requires 5 movements an hour and that all the midwives and ob's i have seen all confirm that that is what they require to be satisfied everything is ok with my bub when i have been checked, so i am just going by what they say to me and if that is wrong then i don't know but i am just going by what the team who see me say to me.


 

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