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    Default Doppler Hire/Purchasing

    Can anyone suggest me a Doppler? Is hire or purchasing better and can anyone suggest places online that I can get one from?

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    Default Doppler Hire/Purchasing

    Last time I was looking at a fancy one with lcd graph monitor for $70 on eBay from China. I think it is the same one many places here in Australia uses for rental. I didn't want to wait for that long so looking into a basic angel sounds model which I can get from Australia with fast shipping. It was on sale for $30 at kogan at the time. Totally affordable with this price than hiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    Why do you want one?

    I would suggest not buying one at all.

    Monitor your baby's movements and contact your midwife/doctor if you're concerned.

    They can provide false reassurance when used at home. Just because you think you can hear a heartbeat, doesn't mean everything is okay. You could be listening to your own pulse or the actual heart rate pattern is abnormal.

    Unless you have obstetric or midwifery training and actually know what you're supposed to be listening for, I would strongly advise against using one.

    See your midwife or doctor if you have concerns about the well being of your baby.
    I agree. I really wanted one until I was at a midwife appointment and it took her at least 3 or 4 minutes to find the babies heartbeat. Those 3 or 4 minutes felt like forever and I was in a state of panic. All was well and baby was just hiding down low but gosh it scared me. I know I would have trouble finding it at home and it would send me into a panic. I decided against one after that!

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    I purchased one from Sydney I think it was, omg, I actually got one due to my anxiety knowing if bub was ok. It worked great. But I wouldn't rely on it. Bubs sleep for Along time and if you are concerned you can go to the hospital or dr. good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gracie's Mum View Post
    I agree. I really wanted one until I was at a midwife appointment and it took her at least 3 or 4 minutes to find the babies heartbeat. Those 3 or 4 minutes felt like forever and I was in a state of panic. All was well and baby was just hiding down low but gosh it scared me. I know I would have trouble finding it at home and it would send me into a panic. I decided against one after that!
    Likewise I had numerous appointments where doctors and midwives either took ages or couldn't find the heartbeat

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    I hear everyone's points and I agree that a home doppler shouldn't replace a visit if you think you've had less movement. But I hired one for the first half of both my pregnancies and loved it. I knew it would take ages to find the hb and sometimes I just gave up and tried again later. That early on its not about accelerations and decelerations so for me it was a great reassurance when it's too early to feel movement. Once I could feel kicks I returned the Doppler. Op I can't help you with where to purchase because we hired it and returned it halfway through as that worked out cheaper but still got a good quality doppler.

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    It would never occur to me to hire one.. I didn't know ppl did until I read it on here when I first joined

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    as initially tempting as it might seem to buy/hire one, I'm with @meredithgrey on this one. without the required training, you're just causing yourself either undue stress or lulling yourself into a false sense of security. if you're concerned, go see a midwife.

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    I understand all that thanks ladies but I've already decided I want one. Just looking for a product or site recommendation.

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    Good luck OP for the decision. I was like mambo, only used it during early stage to keep me sane. Certainly, keep in mind that you might not be able to find the heartbeat easily early on. Once i feel the movement, I didn't bother using it anymore.


 

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