I bought this when i was 8 weeks pregnant with my daughter in 2010. I was a 1st time mom and was a worry wart not knowing what was going on in there. Shipping was fast and i was able to find her hb right away even that early. It saved me trips to the ER when morning sickness has subsided and while waiting for quickening. I was also able to use it during growth spurts when her movements have slowed down. And i just love hearing her in there. I also lent it to my cousin while she was pregnant and it's so great to have that bonding time. I am now 31 weeks pregnant with my 2nd and it's still great! My daughter loves hearing her baby brother and they already have a bond. I still haven't changed the batteries after 3 yrs! Still using the gel it came with and lots to spare! The only thing is the lcd wouldn't show the hb anymore so i have to count it myself but the sound is still amazing! Worth every penny and so glad i convinced my husband to buy this, it sure wasn't cheap but i definitely got my money's worth!
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I am currently 20 weeks pregnant and bought this Bebe BT200 doppler when i was 17weeks, i was experiencing quite a bit of pain lower pelvis and back and thought this would be a good idea to put my mind at ease.
You can buy these for around £69.99 and i was happy to go onto ebay and buy it used but in great condition for £38 :) (These can also be hired i think)
It comes in a small greyish/black case, the doppler itself and a bottle of gel. It needs two AA batterys and then you are good to go!
I had spoke to many midwifes regarding this item and a few had kind of put me off as if your like me and worry and panic at everything it can sometimes cause more hassle. Finding the heartbeat isnt always easy expecially if you dont know where your baby is situated. I had started feeling flutters around the 17 week mark soo one day while my partner was at work lay down on my back, put the gel on my belly (beware its cold) & started playing about with it, within a few minutes i had started too hear a noise that i couldnt mistake for being my babys little heart beat! it was slightly faint at first which i think is to do with the way baby was lying, but i was exstatic to have heard it!
The quality of sound is amazing for such a small compact item & can be used with or without headphones & there is a volume aswell.
Overall i would give this product a very good thumbs up! it is perfect for bonding with your little baba and is great for your partner to feel a little more involved to.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND :)
The heartbeat is clearly audible through the built-in loudspeaker with volume control. The ear phone socket can be used for privacy. I hired my doppler from http://hireadoppler.com/ and everything went well.
These retail for about £70 so I was quite pleased to purchase one on e-bay for £44.00 which was quite a saving over the normal price, you can even hire them on ebay for about £9 a month which is another alternative I guess.
I found that while pregnant one of the most relaxing things I could do was to listen to me new babies heart while it was still in mt womb, it helped to calm any anxieties I might have and also made me feel even closer to that little living thing, it was a strange thing to experience and quite hard to truly put into words.
It is a simple enough unit to operate, it runs on batteries (two AA ) and was very good at picking up my babies heartbeat, you can adjust the level of the volume and the speaker delivers a nice clear sound, you can also use an ear piece if you do not want to disturb others however I never needed to use this so I'm not sure what the sound quality is like.
The concertenerd chord gives a good range of reach to allow you to hold the monitor in different positions, if you want to measure the heart rate then you do need to use a timer as there is no display screen on the Bebe Fetal Doppler.
Included in the price was a pot of gel to allow a smooth glide across your stomach, my midwife advised me on the best way to locate the heartbeat and the first couple of times I tried it she was present and I soon got the hang of it.
I guess for a nervous first timer like myself then this is a useful purchase however I would understand if others considered it a waste of money, for myself I found it relaxing to hear my babies heartbeat and my other half also enjoyed listening in as well.
The Hi Bebe BT200 Fetal Doppler is one of a number of products that have hit the market recently to enable you to hear your baby's heartbeat. Retailing at £69.99 it's at the higher end of the market as far as these devices are concerned (cheaper alternatives can be picked up for £20-30.
Deliberately designed to resemble the dopplers used by midwives in an attempt to create customer confidence, the doppler consists of a base unit in white plastic that contains the speaker and heartbeat display (the 'doppler' can also be used with earphones), linked via a telephone style wire to the 'ultrasound' probing unit which is run against the stomach.
2AA batteries, which fit in the base unit, are included as well as the ultrasound gel. along with a hard plastic carry case.
Frankly, the claim that this thing can function from 10-12 weeks is dangerous (at worst) and liable to promote a false sense of security (at best). Most midwives won't even attempt to find a baby's heartbeat until at least 18 weeks precisely because it's difficult to find and therefore creates unnecessary anxiety in the pregnant women. I completely failed to find my baby's heartbeat until about 24 weeks with this.....
Even then I was never quite sure what I was picking up. Was it my heartbeat, the placenta, or the baby's? I had polyhydramnios from 30 weeks, a condition that makes it difficult for even the midwife the find baby's heartbeat; if I hadn't had this diagnosed I would have been very paranoid about the difficulties I had using this product.
My third winge is that this encourages non-trained medical professionals to use a product that they cannot possibly know how to recently. Several cases have been featured in the press recently in which women in the later stages of pregnancy used a fetal doppler when concerned about their babies' lack of movement, which encouraged them that all was well. In fact, in these cases all was not well, but the women had picked up their own heartbeat using the doppler, delaying medical assistance. While no-one can ever know whether earlier medical assistance would have made a difference for their babies, it remains the case that once they'd (eventually) got medical attention the babies' were dead.
So, if you treat the device as a bit of fun, then that's fine.... but using it for reassurance probably isn't wise.
When i look at all the lovely helpful products on the shelf now for pregnant ladies and bumps i feel hard done by there is so much stuff available.
As i had only just turned 17 when i was pregnant with my girls i had mum helping me during my pregnancy.
One of the amazing things she had for me was the hi baby doppler.
She was educating me on how important it was to bond with my twins before they were born and this doppler was just the thing to do the job.
The hi baby fetal doppler cost around £60 from ebay it was used and even now you can buy them for this price all over the internet.
I stared using the doppler when i was 4 months pregnant.
The doppler is a hand held machine and takes 2 AA batteries.
It comes in a hard grey carry case with a bottle of clear gel stuff that is freezing cold should you put it straight on your skin.
Basically you gel your tummy with the ultrasound gel and zoom about with the stick and when you find a thudding sound the meter on the screen reacts with zig zag lines that the heart beat.
The heart beats sound like fast trains zooming around.
The machine gives a good clear reading and the sound is amazing from the machine but only when the heart beat is clear some times its faint if babies are wrong way around or just moving around.
It is very simple to use.
However some days i could not hear the heart beat strong or loud enough witch made me panic and anxious.
Mum had run to my room on loads of occasions when i shouted thinking there was some thing wrong, i cant help but think as nice as it was to hear the twins heart beats that it did cause way to many paranoid stressful moments too and as it was my pregnancy i had no real clue on what i was doing, if there was anything wrong etc. I was told the babies backs could be facing my tummy and it will not pick up a strong beat etc very scary indeed.
I think i would have been better off with out the machine at times.
Right at the end of the pregnancy i enjoyed listing to the heart beats and did make me bond with the twins and get super excited about there looming arrival however this was short lived as soon as they arrived only joking.
I recommend the machine but i will also say don't take it to serious like i did you will become a paranoid wreck, relax and use it very nice and calming.
4 stars for good sound, handy case, light to hold.
Im over14 weeks pregnant and still have never been able to find the heart beat with this doppler. I have been trying everyday since i hired this item from ebay at 12 weeks. All i ever pick up is my own heartbeat. This is hardly reasuring! I have been for for 3 private scans because this is making me so neurotic!
From the moment I found out I was pregnant I was anxious that everything was going to be ok. As a first time parent neither my husband or I knew what to expect relying on opinions of our friends and families.
After our 12 week scan I then had a check at 15 weeks to listen to the heartbeat and I then wanted to invest in a doppler to listen to the baby's heartbeats inbetween visits for a little bit of reassurance and after looking around this doppler was similar to that the midwife had so we invested in this at £60.00 from ebay brand new.
There is no LCD screen on the doppler which means that you cannnot know the rate of the heartbeat and would have to time this yourself but for a little bit of reassurance it did the job and found the heartbeat.
There is a small wheel to the left of the unit for you to adjust the volume and a headphone jack a the top of the unit if you don't want it broadcasting.
2 AA batteries are required to operate the unit and came supplied and slot into the compartment at the rear and the probe is attached at the bottom and this is what is used to locate the baby's heartbeat.
The doppler can measure a heartbeat between 50-240bpm and has an autoshut off if not used for more than 5 minutes.
The unit comes with a carry case and a 60g tube of gel to conduct the sound.
To use the doppler a small amount of gell is required and then using the instructions it will give you a starting point to find the heartbeat. It is quite difficult if you have never listened to the hearbeat before and I recommend speaking with your midwife if you plan to purchase one.
My midwife showed me where my baby's heartbeat was and pointed out where the placenta was and the difference between my own heartbeat and the baby's much faster heartbeat which often comes and goes as it moves around.
I used the doppler twice a week inbetween visits and although my husband's main worry was that I would panic if I couldn't find the heartbeat having the discussion with my midwife and learning where to find the heartbeat really helped me.
It was also nice for my husband to hear the heartbeat as he wasn't present at the appointments when dopplers were used and as we were able to do this together in the privacy of our own home it was all that bit more special.
As a healthcare professional and a mother I have conflicting feelings about the Hi Bebe BT200 Fetal Doppler because, although I appreciate its function, my experience of it not completely favourable. Let me explain that my experience of this device comes from my experience as a health care professional and although I have seen it in use (and used it myself on other people), I have not actually used it myself when I've been pregnant and so this may mean that my take on it is somewhat biased.
The basic function of this fetal doppler is to allow expectant mothers be able to listen in to the heart rate of their baby from about 10 weeks gestation. The idea is that this will provide reassurance to anxious parents as well as help to encourage early bonding between the parents and the baby. There is nothing like the sound of a heart beat to hit home that there really is a baby hiding in there!
The monitor comprises of the sensor probe and the handheld speaker / monitor. The idea is to move the probe over the abdomen until you pick up the fetal heartbeat and then you turn up the speaker loud and marvel at the sound of that little heartbeat hammering away inside of you. There is an LCD screen where you can also see the electrical wave conduction of the fetal heart.
However, my experience of this device lies in the fact that I really believe it is not something that should be used by non-medical and non-trained persons. Although the device comes with an instruction booklet which shows you how to best search for the fetal heart - and what to expect - finding the fetal heart is not always easy, and to be honest even if you do find the heart beat it doesn't always mean that all is well. Midwives, radiologists and obsetricians are trained to know what to look for when monitoring the fetal heart and, quite simply, lay people are not!
I talked to one mother who used the device as instructed and panicked when she was unable to find the fetal heart beat. Of course this happened overnight and she then waited until morning to seek advice from her midwife who did a scan and confirmed that the baby was alive and well. The 8 hours of hell that that mother had to sit through believing that her baby was dead was not reassuring in any way, shape or form - and it was completely unnecessary.
Alternatively I have spoken to another woman who used her Hi Bebe Doppler religiously morning and night as she had a history of late miscarriages or IUD's and she wanted to check that everything was well. She listened in one morning and couldn't find a heart rate and understandably started to panic. She called her midwife who said she would come right over. While she was waiting for the midwife to arrive, she carried on searching for a heart beat and eventually found one, which obviously helped her to relax. Unfortunately, when the midwife arrived it became clear that she had picked up her own heart rate - and unfortunately the baby's heart rate was not beating.
Both of these examples indicate how unhelpful and potentially traumatic it can be to use this monitor when you haven't been trained as a professional in this field. I can understand that it is reassuring to hear the heart rate - but I guess my concern comes with how harmful this device can be when things don't go according to plan.
- If you can't hear the heart beat the reasons are:
You're listening in the wrong place - in which case there will be extreme panic unneccessarily.
There is no heart beat - in which case there has been an intra-uterine death / miscarriage and no one should have to find this out alone and without support.
- If you can hear the heart beat, the reasons are:
All is well - so great.
You're picking up the maternal heart rate and therefore may be falsely assured.
My concerns are that parents are using this as a reassurance aid, particularly when they have concerns that there has been diminished fetal movements or slight bleeding etc. If you have concerns then people should be contacting their doctor or midwife and not using the Hi-Bebe as evidence that all is well because, quite frankly, it just isn't adequate reassurance at all.
I can't help but think that by Bistos putting this on the market for the public to buy they are exploiting the anxieties of expectant parents. I'm not criticising the monitor per se, I'm criticising that the company have opened up selling this monitor to the public and that its function to reassure is a false economy!
I suffered a stillbirth at 28 weeks after the midwife couldn't find the heartbeat it an appointment. This was heart wrenching and vowed that if I fell again, I would hire a doppler the same as my midwife used to reassure myself. I fell pregnant within 3 months and am currently 23 weeks. I looked at hiring the Hi-Bebe BT 200 at £10 pm but after looking on eBay, decided to buy one with the view of selling 2nd hand on eBay afterwards. Definately worth the money! The sound is much clearer than the Summer one I'd been given from a friend. Definately a must if you are conserned. Don't waste your money on the cheap ones because you can sell second hand on eBay after use for good money!
This doppler was an absolute godsend for us. Having suffered from recurrent miscarriage (8 over 3 years), it was of utmost importance for myself and my husband to have constant reassurance that everything was still ok with the baby. After a successful 12 week scan, we hired this doppler on a monthly basis and never regretted it for a second. At first, we used it every day, but this gradually decreased to every few days, then once we felt the baby move, once a week or less. When I fell pregnant again a year later, one of the first things we did was hire another one of these dopplers and was able to hear our baby's heartbeat from 10 weeks onwards. This is very early to be able to hear the heartbeat and it did take us a while each time we listened before we could actually hear it, until the baby was older, at around 14 weeks when we could find it almost straight away. I think for peace of mind in a time of uncertainty, this doppler is an absolute must for all parents to be.
From about 12 weeks onwards, I considered hiring/purchasing a fetal doppler, but had some concerns as to whether they are worth the money, and more importantly, whether I would be able to keep calm and rational if I could not find a heartbeat. After all, I am not a midwife, or a Dr. and I didn't want to be wasting the time of health carers and stressing myself unnecessarily.
Anyway, the deciding factor was at my 18 week midwife appointment. The midwife offered to check for a heartbeat, and I was a little overwhelmed with the impact it had on me. I didn't have any early scans, so this hearing the heartbeat was the first 'evidence' I had that there really was a little baby in there. I also thought it would be nice for my husband to hear, as he has been at work during most of my appointments. I went home from the 18 week check up and order a Hi bebe for a month from a company on ebay.
The doppler was delivered within 2 days, complete with gel so I set about finding the heartbeat. I spent 15-20 minutes and was fairly certain I had located the placenta, but no heartbeat. I surprised myself with the level of calm I was able to conjure. I didn't panic and went off to have some lunch, watched some tv and waited to try again later. A couple of hours later I felt the baby kicking so tried the doppler where I could feel the kicks and got a heartbeat really quickly.
At the end of my rental period (a month) I elected to hire the unit for another month because I have found it reassuring, and entertaining being able to listen to the baby. I have found that if I place the doppler on a spot on my tummy and leave it there, the baby will usually seek it out and kick at it. I am unsure whether they can hear the sound, or more likely feel soundwaves, but I do like to think he's playing his own little game in there.
A few weeks ago I was concerned because I had not felt the baby move since I had woken up. I was able to locate the heartbeat, and he started kicking at the doppler which is so reassuring. Also, now that I am a little further along, I usually find the heartbeat within a minute.
The sound quality of the Hi bebe is great, and it will go very loud if you need it to. It's such a compact, handy unit that is easy to clean, and runs on batteries.
During my pregnancy I was a bundle of nerves in the first 20 weeks. I decided to look into hiring a doppler to try and put my mind at ease.
I found a website called http://www.hi-baby.co.uk/ and I hired one of these dopplers for £10 a month. My husband wasn't very happy with me because he knows I am a worrier and if Icouldnt use it properly I would panic. It came really quickly and when my hubby was at football one night I used it - so that I didnt have him hanging around nagging me about it. It did take about 20 minutes to find it and I had to have a walk round and have a cold drink but eventually I found my little girls heartbeat which was very reassuring. I kept the doppler for 2 months during which time, if I ever had a day of not much movement I could use it and I felt so much better.
The doppler itself is very easy to use and as I say it can take a while to find the baby's heartbeat. For all mums thinking of using one I would say wait until your midwife has found it first at your 16 week appointment and then you will know whereabouts yo look for it
When we found out about our pregnancy in 2004 we were naturally worried about small things with it being my first pregnanct. half way through my pregnancy, i strated getting high blood pressure so was in and out of hospital for scans. we found out my daughter was wuite large and she didnt move very much. this would worry me soooooo much so i was told about this item. i bought it second hand off ebay for £40 and baught a new tube of gel. it worked perfectly and we picked up the heartbeat within seconds most of the time. the longest it took was a few minutes. we had also purchased a doppler that just magnifies sound. it was a lot cheaper and not worth the money at all. this was by far the best. you can use shower gel or moisturiser if you dont have the gel so dont worry. it says it can pick up a herat beat from 8-10 weeks but please dont worry if you dont pick up a heart beat that early. always check with your midwife if you are worried but i would say this was better from around 12 weeks pregnancy as your little baby is so tiny in the first weeks. the doppler takes batteries but they really do last. the volume can be adjusted and is really quite high. you can record it on a mobile phone and send it to people as a nice gift. like we did and it comes through really clear. brand new these sell for around £60 but a second hand one works just as well and they are fully wipe clean. i would 100% recomend this for peace of mind or just to bond with your unborn baby. this is a great item.
This high quality ergonomically designed doppler is compact, lightweight, battery operated, safe and easy to use. The high sensitivity probe means that you can hear your baby's heartbeat from as early as 10-12 weeks of pregnancy. The heartbeat is clearly audible through the built-in loudspeaker with volume control. The ear phone socket can be used for privacy.