Sunday, January 1, 2012

Fetal Doppler

When I first found out I was pregnant, I scoured the interwebs looking for a fetal doppler.  Why? you might ask.  Well, because I just could not believe I was pregnant and I wanted to have intermittent proof that there was actually a baby in there and that the heartbeat was still going strong.

I found heaps of fetal dopplers that were astronomically expensive - between $200-400.  Yowzers!  That price was definitely out of my budget.  However, I lucked out and stumbled upon the Sonoline B Fetal Doppler at Pulse Oximeter Online.  The website states that it is normally $349.99 but it is on sale for $52.95 and they even include free shipping!

Photo Courtesy of Sonoline B
I was impressed with the price, website description (includes gel, 2 AA batteries and a 1 year warranty) and that a 3 mhz probe was available (3 mhz is preferable over 2 mhz to pick up the early fetal heartbeat and it is what we use in our clinic), but I was not sure how reliable the product was.  I checked YouTube to see if there were any reviews, and lo' and behold there was one:

Author allharr said in her video that hers worked at 9.5 weeks and gave a good review of the product.

I ordered the doppler and received it promptly as shown and described on the website at 7 weeks, however, I was not able to hear a fetal heartbeat.  Only mine.  I tried at 8 and 9 weeks as well and still nothing.  But early this New Year's morning after the clock struck midnight, I decided to try it out again for a New Year's treat.  Miraculously at 9.4 weeks, I was able to hear the heartbeat!  I am over the moon about it, and of course, I emailed my husband straight away!  I am also relieved to hear my baby's heartbeat after all this sickness I have had.  I am glad the prolonged infections have not done anything untoward to the pregnancy.

I cannot say enough good things about this device.  Why rent a doppler for $20 or more a month, when you can own one for $52?!  It is definitely worth the money if you are a curious, still-in-shock, and/or worried expecting mom-to-be like me.

Have you purchased a fetal doppler?  How often do you use it?  If you purchase this one, please let me know if you like it!


  1. We rented one with Coleman because I'd had an early miscarriage before I had him & I was TERRIFIED my entire pregnancy. :( We ended up keeping it the entire time. lol! With Walker & was so much more relaxed. Of course there are still those moments of fear, but it was much less with the 2nd baby!

  2. I do not think I have fear, so much, as I know that if I don't hear the heartbeat, there is not much that can be done at this stage, but it IS comforting just to hear the heartbeat and know that s/he is still there growing and thriving. I think it will also be a comfort in the later part of pregnancy if I do not feel as many kicks or if something does not feel right - then I can know if I should go into the hospital or not. Glad it was helpful to you! I really enjoy mine.

  3. Great device for hearing the baby's heart rate in a safe way.
    Easycare Fetal Doppler

  4. You know before I went through all this to get pg I thought that fetal dopplers and constant anxiety were kinda ridiculous and self-indulgent.

    Now my feelings are the exact opposite. I am five seconds away from seeing if i can rent a fetal doppler.... It must give you so much comfort.

  5. Great video! Thank you! I found another one on this website:

  6. It is a fact that babies develop their hearing sense from almost 23 weeks. Some parents try to connect to their babies at this early age by either reading them a story or by singing them a fetal doppler