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      12.10.2012 17:30
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      a lovely thing to use during pregnancy

      As I am expecting my third child, I already have 4 year old twins I decided to treat myself to a doppler.

      When having midwife appointments they tend to listen to the babies heartbeat with a doppler - providing your baby isn't hiding deep in your pelvis and they can find it. This sound though is an extremely comforting sound - especially when you can't feel your baby moving 24/7.

      You can now though by these dopplers to use in the comfort of your own home - to listen to your babies heartbeat at your own leisure. Obviously this is a personal choice to buy one, and although it can be a very comforting and reassuring sound to hear it can also worry us mothers a bit when we can't find the heartbeat due to the position of the baby etc therefore some people may choose not to buy one.

      If of course though you can't help yourself, like me, then I would definitely recomend the Jumper Angel Sounds Fetal Doppler. A very basic doppler as it doesn't have a heart rate monitor to look at, but a very pleasing doppler at the same time as you can - when baby is playing nice, listen to your babies heartbeats and sometimes hear the swooshing sounds of their movements - which to me is just as comforting to hear.

      I actually purchased my doppler on ebay for just £19.99 brand new in a box with directions of use, headphones and gel. The gel provided allows the doppler to move with ease across your belly when finding your babies beating heart - but water of baby oil can be used just as effectively.

      The doppler is a handheld device nothing to fancy which has a battery compartment which has a clip on plastic cover to it. The headphones slot into their hole neatly and sit comfortably ready for us to use to.

      There is a flat circle on the bottom of the doppler which is where the gel, water etc needs to be placed for it to glide across your skin with ease. The doppler does work without using these but if you have to search all over the place for your babies heartbeat just gliding the doppler along your belly rather than lifting it up and putting it back onto another spot, proves a lot easier when it comes to actually finding your babies heartbeat, especially in the early stages when you are unsure of babies position in your belly as you can't feel movements etc yet.

      More so at the beginning I found I really struggled to find my babies heartbeat, luckily I'd read up quite a bit on the use of dopplers and prepared myself for this but continued using the doppler as I could hear the swishing and swooshing of my baby flitting about within me - which to me was just as heart warming and reassuring as hearing little one's heartbeat. Now I have just 9 weeks to go until my due date and I am at the moment aware of my babies position I find my babies heartbeat a lot easier. When I found it I simply hear the fast beating of my babies heartbeat through the headphones which is such a soothing and comforting sound to hear.

      For me the doppler has been a pleasure to use as I have found it reassuring and comforting to say the least. If you are a total worrier though maybe using one of these is not the best idea when pregnant as it can be a nervous time as it is, but it can be a real joy to use.

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        27.07.2012 23:02
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        Worth it for the amazing experience of hearing your babies heart!

        Having a baby is one of the most exciting and scariest moments of your life and I felt like I constantly needed reassurance that my baby was ok. It was while I was talking to other mom's on baby boards that one mentioned the Angel Sounds Doppler to me and so I headed to Amazon where I bought it for around £13.00! Pretty cheap for what it could do and how much it could put your mind at rest.

        The doppler comes in a pretty pink box, inside you don't get a great deal. There is the doppler itself, a battery, head set and a lead to connect it to your computer in case you want to record the sound of your babies heartbeat on there! There are also a set on instructions but these don't contain that much information and I found it was more a case of trial and error with it.

        I would advice to use this with the ultrasound gel that you can also get on amazon for around £2.99 as without anything on my stomach I couldn't hear anything but with the gel it was a lot clearer, although I have had from other moms that baby oil works just as well.

        Firsty you need to plug the headset into your doppler, then turn the doppler on and put a small amount of gel onto your stomach. Then you need to slowly move the doppler around until you hear the sound of a horse galloping! This being your babies heartbeat. I can say that it is such an amazing experience to hear your babies heartbeat, I never bored of hearing it and knowing that my baby was well!

        You can use the doppler from 10-12 weeks although I would advise leaving it a little later around 14-16 weeks so your baby is that little bit bigger and easier to find in your stomach!

        At first I will admit that it is hard to find the heartbeat, there are many sounds going around in you stomach! For a while I was listening to the blood pulsing around the umbilical cord, however once you do find the heartbeat there is no mistaking it. The sound is very clear and as your baby gets bigger you can even hear the thud of them kicking against your belly even though you cant feel it. Using the second lead to record is also great as it records so clear and we used it to email the sound to family who didn't live close by!

        However be warned sometimes you can't find your little bean simply because they are hiding away somewhere in your stomach. On these occasions I would panic, even though I had no real reason too. So I would say use it with caution because as much as it can put your mind at rest you can also worry yourself. However I would recommend it as it is just so amazing to listen to your baby!

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        25.07.2012 22:06
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        A good pregnancy and entertainment aid

        This is a review of Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler which I bought the first time I was pregnant with our DD. When you have a midwife appointment, one of the things they will do around 16 weeks is listen for your baby's heart beat. It is nice to be able to do this yourself at home but a few words of caution alongside home doppler use apply.

        A new Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler costs just under £40 on Amazon but I bought a used/new one from Amazon. You also need some gel to conduct the device (like they use at an ultrasound). You get a small tube with the product but can also buy a bigger bottle on Amazon for a few pounds. I actually found a vaseline gel lotion that worked fine with my doppler and gave me the oil massage for stretch marks at the same time.

        My machine has done the rounds since I first bought it. I have lent it to friends who are pregnant but have recalled the machine back to myself as I am pregnant again now! Another pal has her eye on it for when she is expecting so between us we have had great value for money.

        Finding the heartbeat of your baby is relatively simple with the monitor. You gel up your tummy but I put a blob on the sensor and then place it on your lower abdomen, if you follow where the midwife tries you will be close.

        One of the things to be aware of is that it is possible to pick up your own heart beat with the doppler. This is why many medics advise against home doppler use. To me it is obvious as your baby's heart beat is so much faster than your own. What makes a fun game is trying to work out the hb per minute if you don't know which sex your baby is, a faster beat usually indicates a girl I think (if you google it they give an indication of what to look out for). Another school of mythology claims that the heartbeat may sound like a train or a horse galloping and this can be indicative of sex too.. ha! It's fun playing this guessing game though.

        I like the doppler's easy to use instructions. You just turn a dial and it clicks on with a light to indicate it is working. The battery is a square one and mine has lasted ages. The higher you turn the dial, the higher the volume is through the headphones. You also get a cable to record the heart beat with if you wish but I never tried this.

        In addition to the heart beat, the doppler picks up a lot of swooshing and movement noises, some of which can be a little unpleasant to listen to with the head phones if you have it on loud as it is a sort of interference noise but this can be avoided to an extent if you have used enough of the conducting gel.

        I use my monitor sporadically, just when I fancy a listen in but I certainly don't use it for peace of mind and you should always inform your midwife if you feel something is wrong with the baby rather than using the doppler. Movement is a good sign later on in pregnancy but people have been known to use their dopplers wrongly, hearing their own heart beat and thinking everything is OK so please use with caution and sense.

        This is a great bonding tool for you, the baby's daddy and makes you feel a lot closer to the baby. I have enjoyed using my doppler and also felt it was nice to share it with close friends too.

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          17.07.2012 11:04
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          Fantastic, does what it says, great for bonding for both mums and dads to be!

          Congratulations on your pregnancy! One of the best things I have found about being pregnant is listening to the baby's heartbeat on the Angelsounds Doppler! Bear in mind you should only really try this AFTER 12 weeks because sometimes it is very difficult to hear the heartbeat earlier on - I even find it difficult sometimes and I'm 16 weeks pregnant.

          Firstly, you need to apply the gel - you don't really get enough in the box for more than 3 uses, I managed to spread it out that far, some people have said they only got one use out of it. Make sure you read the instructions to know how to hold it and which bit to use etc. Once the gel is on, probably best to place it on your tum and then turn it on as sometimes moving it from not on your tum to on your tum can make a really loud banging noise which can be quite annoying. Sometimes it takes me ages to find baby's beat as they might have moved since last time. However, if you start as low down as possible and work your way side to side in a line and then move up a tiny bit each time and repeat, you will hopefully find it!

          It's great having the headphones to have a listen but also so that your partner can listen and have a moment of bonding with the baby! My other half absolutely loves listening to the baby's heartbeat and it's so nice to be able to find it for him! It also comes with a recording cable and some mini discs so you can record the baby's heartbeat and keep forever! Quite precious really 

          The one thing I will say is that you mustn't rely on the Doppler to make sure your baby is ok - if you don't hear the heartbeat it might just be because baby is moving around away from your or they are in a funny position. It should not be used to reassure people who are worried - I didn't find the heartbeat the last three times because I was probably not in the right place to be honest, I was focusing on the sides rather than in the middle, but if you don't find it, don't panic!

          Equally it is important to note that if you are further along and feel your baby move on a regular basis and you don't feel it moving anymore, you should not get out the Doppler for reassurance that baby is ok - you must ring your midwife if you feel that the baby stop moving (applies to 16 weeks ish onwards really).

          Other than those words of warning, I think the Angelsounds Doppler is easy to use, cheap and a fantastic fun piece of equipment. This has had by far the best reviews out of them all and I can definitely see why! Only final tip is to perhaps go on ebay and get some more gel if you plan on using it more than a handful of times!

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            04.07.2012 10:39
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            Great way to bond especially for partners

            If you are pregnant and reading this first let me say congratulations. I hope you are sitting with your feet up and resting. After getting the blue line showing you are pregnant it is quite a while before you develop a definate baby bump and feel your baby move inside you. For your partner the only signs of pregnancy might be seeing you sick, tired and grumpy!
            There are variations in the NHS but I am two NHS scans one at 12 weeks and one at 20 weeks. I also had a private scan at 9 weeks. Nothing can prepare you for hearing your baby's heartbeat for the first time although my husband was very startled as he didn't realise how much faster a baby's heartbeat is compare to ours. The gap between 12 weeks and 20 weeks seemed a long time and I had felt such a strong bond on hearing the heartbeat I decided to research dopplers and found the Angel Sounds one.

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            I bought mine from Amazon for around £18 and I also got the gel too. Please buy the gel as you will find it so much easier to find the heartbeat using it and for an extra £3 it is well worth it. One bottle should be enough. I bought two but only used half a bottle.
            The Angel Sounds Doppler can be used from 12 weeks and has two outlets so both you and you partner can listen which is a lovely way to bond with the baby. I think this is important for partners as you will feel pregnant but forpargners it can still seem quite remote. Hearing the heartbeat makes it much more real for them. The Doppler only comes with one set of headphones but most people have headphones they use for their mp3 players etc which can be used.

            Using the Doppler
            It is best to use the doppler when you are relaxed. Often we listened to the heartbeat when we were lying in bed. My tip is to warm some gel in your hands before applying to your belly as cold gel is not too nice. It can take a while before you find the heartbeat and don't panic if you can't. Relax and try again later and it should be found easier. Use thedoppler as you might a metal sector and carefully go over each part of your belly in a systematic fashion until you hear the heartbeat. Babies do however move around so they won't always stay in the same place. Take care as so etimesyou will find a heartbeat straight away but it is actually your one. A baby's heart eat is much faster than ours and once you hear it you'll know what I mean! Try not to laugh if you partner spreads the gel on your belly as laughing makes it harder for you to find the heartbeat as your belly shakes too much.

            Advantages and disadvantages
            The advantages of the Angel Sounds Doppler is that it is quite compact and light. The instruction booklet is very clear on it's use. We certainly found the heartbeat quite easily nearly every time we used it. I did try without the gel and found that I couldn't find the heartbeat so a gelly belly is something you just have to put up with and to be honest it is a small price to pay.
            You are probably not a doctor so dont rely on this if you think something is wrong get to hospital and get checked out properly. The window you will use this is not that big as it is unlikely to work before 12 weeks and once you start to feel the baby inside you you are less inclined to use it in my experience.

            Recommendation
            I would recommend end this Doppler for value for money and ease of use however I think if you are nervous this could make things worse if you find it difficult to use. Stress isn't good for mums to be. You can record the baby's heartbeat using this Doppler but although the instructions were clear we didn't use this function so I can't comment on this aspect of the doppler. Overall I would say it is a good method of bonding with your baby if you dont get an attack of the giggles with the gel over your belly

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              06.09.2011 12:57
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              to be used in conjuction with medical professionals

              I had a history of miscarriage before my daughter was born, and in the three years of miscarriages and trying to conceive, I had never heard of a fetal doppler! Then when I was pregnant with my daughter (now 21 months) I had a visit to the midwife, who located her heartbeat with a sonic aid doppler. I remember saying to her, "I wish they had one you could buy" and she looked at me and said, "there is!"

              So as soon as I got home, I went online and found the Angelsounds doppler for £14.99 on Amazon which I thought was a fantastic price. You do have to pay delivery on top but as I was buying other stuff at the same time, I got free delivery.

              What I initially liked about the doppler is that it is quite small and has a pink theme (I love pink!) It doesn't look scary, it's portable, and Angelsounds is a good brand.

              The doppler comes in an Angelsounds branded box, with a 9v battery (you need to remove the plastic tab before it will work in the doppler, silly me didn't notice for ages lol), instructions, a lead to attach it to a recording device (like computer) and headphones. The unit itself is pink & white, although it does come in blue. The downside is that the instructions are poor, very badly translated. However it is very simple to set up and I only glanced at them anyway. The unit requires gel to work but this is not supplied (more on that later!)

              To set the doppler up, you simply plug in the headphones into the socket on the bottom edge of the doppler, remove the cellophane from the battery and switch it on. It is a good sized unit because it fits in the palm of my hand nicely, and I found it easy to use. It's sort of heart shaped, and the bit that actually picks up the noise is a circular tab on the base of the machine which sticks out perhaps an inch or so. The headphones are quite flimsy and cheap, but they work well and to be honest they don't need to be amazingly good to do the job!

              The doppler is designed for use from 12 weeks onwards. However medical advice suggests that it isn't likely to be possible until closer to 15 weeks, so don't panic if you can't get it to work early on (although if you have any worries, you should see your midwife). I used it at 14 weeks and managed to pick up the heartbeat which sounded like galloping horses lol, as well as my own heartbeat and the whooshing noise of the placenta.

              You don't need to use ultrasound gel for the unit to work, but you do need something like it, although you can buy the ultrasound gel from eBay for under £5, I used my husband's hair gel LOL and it worked brilliantly!

              It is easy to use, you literally smear the gel on your tummy (and a little bit on the doppler if you want but not necessary to do both) and then move it over your tummy. It can be difficult to find the heartbeat at first, and it is easy to mistake your own heartbeat for baby's. But once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to do and quick to find.

              It is a lovely way to bond with baby, it's so nice to hear the movements as well as feel them, and imagine what baby is up to. It's a fantastic device, I absolutely loved it and used it throughout my pregnancy for reassurance (particularly as I had 3 bleeds and a lot of reduced movements).

              The doppler is completely safe to use with no side effects and it will not harm baby no matter how many times or how long you use it. This means you can reassure yourself and bond as much as you want!

              For me, this was very easy to use and I loved to hear the heartbeat. I managed to find it quite quickly every time, and it sounded just like galloping horses! It is also nice because my husband could put the headphones on and listen, so it helped him bond too. We managed to connect it to the computer to record, but this is quite a difficult task as you need to be very close to the recording device. Having said that, once recorded, it is a lovely keepsake for us and other relatives.

              We decided not to have any more children, but if we change our minds in future, we will definitely buy and use this doppler again. I ended up giving mine away to my best friend who is pregnant with her second child as I no longer need it. She uses it regularly and usually finds the heartbeat straight away. She loves the reassurance as did I.

              I loved this doppler, it was the best thing I bought whilst pregnant. It gave me wonderful reassurance (in conjunction with ante natal care). It is perfect for those moments of worry and panic, and it is perfect for bonding.

              However please do not use this and assume all is well. I must add, most importantly, this is not a substitute for ante natal care or advice. You should still receive ante natal care and if you have any concerns, go to your midwife or A & E. The doppler is not foolproof or psychic - whilst it is a wonderful tool to have, it cannot replace medical professionals.

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                15.06.2011 15:20

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                Well worth the money! Especially if you're a worrier like myself!

                I was looking online for a doppler that would replicate what I could hear at my last midwide appointment, as I couldnt feel my baby move and was starting to have a bit of a panic... Honestly though, I dont think anything can quite match the GP/midwifes kit but this is the second best thing.

                I was on an online forum asking which doppler I should go for and you wouldnt believe how many women recommended this product.

                I must admit I was in two minds at first, my friend had lent me a Summer heartbeat monitor, which is only usable in the third Trimester (although she had never stated that to me) and because I couldnt hear my baby on that, I wondered if this would be another waste of money... I am now 20 weeks pregnant and can quite clearly hear my babies heartbeat (granted that because I am not a midwife myself, it did take me a while to find it) but even on low volume you can still hear it.

                Mine cost around 17 pounds online, and is a great comfort to the days when I dont feel my baby move. It comes with a basic instruction manual, a set of over the head headphones (if you have headphones that you can put in your ears, I would use them insead as it sounds better) a battery and a small tube of gel. Please note that you must use some sort of lubication (water/babyoil/gel - Check with the provider if the product does come with any) on the transmitter to hear the babies heartbeat.

                Nothing is better than plugging you're headphones in with your partner and hearing the first sounds of your unborn child, and this product certainly does what it says on the tin!

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                11.06.2011 16:26
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                An excellent buy for all mothers to be and well worth the money

                I am currently sixteen weeks pregnant with my first child and I never knew that it could be such an anxious time! My first scan was at 10 weeks and I was delighted to see my tiny little baby kicking about. Since then, I have been quite anxious waiting until my next scan which isnt until I am twenty weeks.

                The suspense almost killing me and wanting to see if my baby was ok for my own peace of mind and reassurance led me to search on Google for fetal dopplers. I wanted something that would let me hear my babys heartbeat so that I could relax more through my pregnancy and have the reassurance of knowing my little babys heart is beating away.

                I searched for dopplers and was really disappointed to see that most of them started from around £60 upwards. It was a bit out of my price range and as I am trying to save up for things for the baby, I didnt want another expense. I had nearly given up when I came across the Angelsound Fetal Doppler. I first discovered it on Play.com and at the price of just £16.99 with free delivery, I just couldnt say no. I thought compared to other similar dopplers that it seemed to be a bargain and couldnt resist it.

                A few days later it showed up and at the time I was in my 13th week of pregnancy. I was really excited and ripped it open so it could try it straight away. It is a small pink and white unit and comes with headphones to listen to your babys heartbeat and also a recording cable, battery and instruction manual. It was very easy to use and I put some gel on my belly and away I went. The gel wasnt included but I managed to buy some off Ebay for around £5 for a bottle.

                Hearing my babys heartbeat for the first time brought tears to my eyes, it was just so amazing! I cannot tell you how much of a reassurance it was to hear my little ones heart beating away and although it took me a few minutes each time to find it, there it was as clear as day. My partner was able to enjoy listening to the babys heartbeat too and we both have found it to be a real bonding experience!

                The doppler is recommend for use after twelve weeks of pregnancy and at thirteen weeks, I was able to hear my babys heartbeat but it wasnt instant and did take a bit of searching around my belly each time to find it. It can also pick up sounds like the placenta or stomach sounds but perservering with it is well worth the effort.

                For me, I cant tell you how glad I am that I bought this item. It really works and has made me feel a whole lot better and more relaxed about my little one and now I cant wait until my twenty week scan. Please note though that this item should not be used in place of equipment that midwifes and doctors use but is more for your own reassurance and peace of mind.

                This item retails at around £39.99 but the lowest price I had seen it for on the Internet was on Play.com. I would encourage any expectant Mummys to get one of these if you are finding the wait between scans very long and stressfull like I was. Well recommended!

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                  An excellent product for anyone who wants to hear their baby's heartbeat in the first trimester.

                  A Doppler fetal monitor is a device that uses ultrasound technology to detect the heartbeat of an unborn fetus, while it's still in the mother's womb. There are various different kinds out there with different capacities, including cameras so that you can see what's happening inside just as you can in an ultrasound scan at the hospital. The Angelsounds Doppler is one of the more basic types out there, and whether it will suit your needs depends on exactly what you want from it.

                  I bought an Angelsounds Doppler as I only needed something simple so that I could hear the baby's heartbeat. My Angelsounds Doppler was a bargain at £8.50 from Ebay- after some relentless bidding- they cost about £16 new and if I hadn't been able to get a second hand one then I would have bought a new one anyway, as it can always be resold. The main reason I wanted it was not to reassure myself that baby was okay, as I don't believe that it would help to use the Doppler to find that baby wasn't okay (since it cannot be used for prevention of anything) - I bought it because could feel tiny flutterings of the little bubba in my tummy from 12 weeks and I felt sorry that my husband couldn't experience them too - we share everything, and I really wanted him to.

                  The Doppler came supplied with a set of headphones and 9v battery. As it was second hand, it had no instructions and no recording device, though I wouldn't have used the latter anyway and I didn't actually need the former. The Angelsounds Doppler is a very simple battery-powered device, and the speakers are obviously very cheap quality, but I found that they worked fine nevertheless. You need to use a gel on your tummy before you can use the Doppler- I already knew this as I had had an ultrasound scan already- and I thought I'd try Palmer's Cocoa Butter as that is what I've been using to keep my belly soft as it stretches. It worked a treat.

                  The best thing about the Angelsounds Doppler is how amazing it is to hear the little bubba's heartbeat in there.. My husband was over the moon and he felt very reassured knowing that he could listen to the little bubba at any time. Sometimes we could hear sloshing around too, from her movement or from the placenta.

                  From 15 weeks I no longer needed the Doppler, as baby was kicking so much that hubby could feel her most nights. I resold my Doppler on Ebay for roughly the same price I bought it. I will give a word of caution however, which is that there is not much research out there on into how often the Doppler can be used - I'm not suggesting that it is dangerous in any way, but it is fairly new technology, and should be used with some caution. What I'm saying is, don't use it for hours at a time every day. The Angelsounds Doppler is not that powerful, but it's always good to be on the safe side I think.

                  I don't have any negatives about the Doppler, although I know of people panicking when they can't find/hear the baby's heartbeat. In my experience, these are people who bought the Doppler to reassure themselves, which, as I said, was not my reason for buying it. I also never had trouble locating the heartbeat - I literally found it within a minute every time, partly because baby was lying very low down (I knew from my ultrasound scan), so I knew roughly where to find it. My midwife has also always found the heartbeat with ease, though I know that this is not the case with all mothers, so please do not panic if you can't find your little one right away! And if you do have worries, always get checked out.

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                    26.01.2011 18:18
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                    My best buy during pregnancy

                    When I finaly fell pregnant after miscarriage, I was scared every minute. Until I bought Angelsound doppler. I tried it from about 12 weeks, but heard my baby's heartbeat for the first time at 14 weeks. I first tried it with some oil, but that didn't work, so I ordered ultrasound gel from Amazon which was quite cheap, I think about £2.50. With this gel, it worked perfectly and I was assured for the rest of my pregnancy that my baby is ok. Even when he got too big and stopped moving that much :-).
                    It's really simple to use as well. It has little switch that you press when you want to put it on. Then there is volume adjuster and earphones plug. It also comes with earphones. It runns on 9v batteries.
                    I was very happy that I bought it and even my friends who were pregnant after me were borrowing it from me.
                    I highly recommend it

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                      Personally I love this little machine and would recommend it to all mummy to be's!

                      == Introduction ==

                      I am 31 weeks pregnant, and have some trouble feeling my baby sometimes, I have been into hospital for monitering 3 times now for it as I have worried so much over it. I was on the verge of asking the midwife if I could take a doppler home with me so I could listen to the heart of the baby at home if I thought I hadn't felt any movement in 24 hours when I saw this on Amazon.

                      I was very dubious about buying it as I had heard they can be awful, not pick up any heartbeat and worry you more than you did without feeling movement- but I couldn't resist buying it just as a means of trying to stay sane for the last 9 weeks of my pregnancy. I have heard millions of babies heart beats...ok a slight exaggeration, but I have been intuned with fetal hearts since I was 13 as I went to all my sisters antenatal appointments with her with her 3 kids, and then I got an ear for my own babies heart beat from the moment I first heard it, I like to think I am very good at finding it quickly too (I actually wanted to train as a midwife so it is something I take an interest in!), so I hoped I'd be reasonably good at finding the heart beat, but vowed to myself, if I didn't find the heartbeat on the first go that I wouldn't run off the the hospital, but would wait 12 hours and if I had felt no movement, THEN I would call the midwives.

                      So anyway...onto the product!

                      == What is it? ==

                      This is a home use fetal heart doppler, it is for use in pregnancy, from around 14-16 weeks and then throughout pregnancy. It works on basically the same principal as the dopplers used by the hospital staff throughout your pregnancy. Using ultrasound waves to penetreate your skin and placenta to bounce back sounds through headphones (or onto your computer via a lead), it will not only bring back sounds of the heart, but also of your own pulse, the pulse of your placenta (yes it does have one as blood runs through it), rumblings in your stomach, and also movements of the baby- so you do have to be very patient with the machine sometimes!!!

                      These Ultrasounds are supposed to be entirely safe- there is no evidence to the contary, but you may want to limit use to maybe once a week, or when your worried. It is entirely upto you though!

                      The doppler needs some kind of gel to help transmit the sound waves, whihc you can buy with the doppler, but I bought baby lotion oil which works very well and was only £1.50 for a large bottle!!! You could also use lubricant.

                      == The big question though, is does it work? ==

                      For me, yes. As I said the first time I used it, I was very dubious, but I used some gel and tried to locate baby by palpation (touching the stomach to try and find the head), but couldnt' and so just searched with the doppler, I found my baby under my hip, so a very awkward place! But within probably 5 minutes I was picking up a quiet but definitive baby heart beat (it sounds like galloping horses), I was quite impresed, but it was extremely quiet, so I put it away and decided to try again that night when baby is normally active for me.

                      Coming home that evening I got into bed and put more gel on my belly, I knew where baby was due to movement I could feel, and so found the heart in a matter of seconds!!! It was amazing, so loud and clear! My husband loved it too as he has only heard it a couple of times due to his working hours not complying to my antenatal appointments!

                      I ahve used the machine 4 times since I got it and have neevr had a problem!! But I do have to warn that I have heard of women who never found a heart beat using it, although it is rare, there have been a few caes where although nothing was wrong with the baby, they never heard a heartbeat through the machine, this could be because they were not using it right, or that they were too impatient, whihc is very likely as it does sometimes need patience, it can take around an hour sometimes to pick up a good heartbeat, especially before around 28 weeks, as the baby is just so small, they move around so much in the womb that they can be hard to track down.

                      == Warnings ==

                      This fetal heart doppler must never be used as a substitute for antenatal care with a midwife or other health provider. A heartbeat alone is not enough to know the baby is developing correctly, and so just because you hear a heart beating, it doesnt mean baby is the right size or that they are developing correctly. So never ever ever use this as a means of home treatment instead of going to a midwife or GP.

                      If you have not felt movement for 24 hours, or you have felt reduced movement, but hear a heartbeat, you should still see a midwife, again a heartbeat doesn't mean the baby isn't in distress, and as this monitor doesn't give you a beat per minute reading, you never know what is going on in there. So if you have any concerns of no movement at all, do not take this as everything is ok. You should feel at least 10 movements in a 12 hour period, but this may slow down in your last 8 weeks or so as baby is getting too big to move around in there!!!

                      Always follow instructions in the manual!

                      == How much is it? ==
                      The prices vary depending on where you go, I paid £25 for my AngelSounds and I find it is worth every penny!! :) But there are some used available on ebay for £18!!! A real bargain! Gel costs between £3 and £5 for a 250ml bottle, which is much cheaper than using KY jelly as I am using!!! So I would definitely look on Amazon for this gel!!




                      These are a great present for mums to be!!! Perfect for all the family to feel involved in the babies development and means reassurance during those weeks between antenatal appointments!!! :)

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                        20.05.2010 18:15
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                        great for expectant mothers who just want a little bit of re-assurance

                        i bought an Angelsound fetal doppler because i am an impatient person and wanted to here my little one when i was waiting on my 20 week scan.

                        when it arrived it came with it's own set of earphones and batteries so, you literally have to plug your earphones in, switch it on and you are ready to go! i would recommend getting gel to go with this because it does actually help when picking up baby.

                        i was able to pick up babies heartbeat from 12 weeks onwards. I am how would you say - cuddly, and i had no problems finding babies heartbeat. this specific model doesn't have an LCD screen to display heart rate but this can easily be worked out.

                        the cost of the doppler itself was around £25. this price varies dependant on where you choose to purchase your doppler from. I personally purchased with Amazon - this came with a free bottle of gel. The sound quality is great when you get your positioning of the doppler right. this can sometimes be quite hard - especially if you are only 12 weeks. battery life seems to be holding up quite well too so this is an added bonus. no need to buy additional batteries.

                        What is also included in the box is a cable so you can connect your doppler directly to your PC and record your babies heartbeat to share with friends/family.

                        overall i would say; if you are pregnant and wanting to buy a doppler that doesn't cost the earth, i'd recommend this one. It's small and light weight and very easy to use. If you would prefer to see what heart rate your baby has, there is an upgraded version of this doppler available also which features an LCD screen

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                          26.03.2010 13:16
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                          One of my best purchases

                          Before I fell pregnant I wasn't even aware that you could buy a Doppler to use at home and was a little sceptical that they would really work at all but once I did fall pregnant I soon came to realise that pregnant women all over the place were using a Doppler at home.

                          First and foremost no one should ever rely on using a home Doppler rather than seeing a medical professional but I can also understand the anxiety and worry any expectant woman goes through, so it can be very reassuring to have a listen to things whenever you want. The Angelsounds Doppler seems to be one of the cheapest Doppler's on the market and so is very popular, but it also works very well too. I purchased my Doppler online with some ultrasound gel for a little under £30, which is very reasonable compared to some of the other dopplers on the market.

                          The Angelsounds Doppler is advertised for use at 12 weeks+ but it is worth mentioning that finding a heartbeat can be extremely difficult and most midwives won't normally listen until at least 16 weeks if not later. I bought my Doppler at 8 weeks and heard the heartbeat at 9+4 so I was extremely lucky. I have been able to find the heartbeat every time, even though at times it can take a little while to pinpoint it. However once found the quality of sound has been very good. There is a pair of headphones with the Doppler and you can also attach it to a pc or something similar and record the heartbeat. I would recommend using the ultrasound gel, as this is what really made finding the heartbeat easy. The Doppler runs on a 9v battery and has a simple on/off switch which also controls the volume.

                          I would highly recommend this Doppler to anyone who is considering buying one; you really don't have to spend a fortune. You just have to be aware that some people will find the heartbeat much easier than others and it's nothing to panic about, or rely upon solely to know baby is doing all right. I think if you can use this product with an open mind and realise that it won't always find a heartbeat then by all means go for it, but I probably wouldn't recommend it if it's only going to make you panic and worry more. For me it's been a fantastic purchase and worth every penny.

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                          25.11.2009 13:11
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                          Listen to baby in the womb but not a replacement for medical professionals

                          When I was 14 weeks pregnant I started bleeding and this lasted for 2 weeks. Although I had an emergency scan when the bleeding started I didn't receive very much reassurance in the following two weeks and was in a constant state of panic. All it would have taken to reassure me was to listen to the baby's heartbeat, but for some reason my local maternity unit were unwilling to do this. So when I spotted the Angelsounds Doppler on Amazon for a very reasonable £15.99 (+delivery) I couldn't help myself, I just had to buy it.

                          ==The Unit==


                          The Doppler came supplied with a set of headphones, 9v battery, very basic instructions and a lead to attach it to a recording device. Although it is available in several colours, I had chosen the pink and white version which looks exactly as shown in the product picture. Size-wise it fits neatly in my hand and I find it easy enough to manoeuvre over my rapidly growing belly. As I said the enclosed instruction leaflet is very basic and is very obviously badly translated from a foreign language. It is, however, understandable and I found it fairly easy to set the machine up for first use. One little omission was that it wasn't pointed out that the battery was wrapped in cellophane and this needed to be removed before the unit would work, but all that took was a little common sense.

                          ==Listening To Baby==

                          Although this unit is supposed to be able to pick up baby's heartbeat from 12 weeks, I didn't receive it until I was nearly 16 weeks gone so I can't comment on how well it works before this point. Almost as soon as I received the unit I wanted to try it out and so I attached the battery and headphones, switched it on and then tried to find the baby and his heartbeat. The first time I tried I didn't use any gel or oil and couldn't hear a thing, but then I used some water based lubricant and although I couldn't find the heartbeat, I could definitely hear the baby moving and after spending a little time re-positioning the Doppler I could hear the "whoosh whoosh" of the placenta. I not only found this reassuring, but it was also a wonderful bonding process. I wouldn't say that the headphones were the best though, they are very much the cheapest of the cheap as far as sound quality goes and don't fit over my ears very well, but as I only use the unit for a couple of minutes at a time I've not really bothered changing them.

                          I'm now 21 weeks and the baby is a little thumper so I no longer use this for reassurance, but I still use it every couple of days or so simply because it is so lovely to listen to the baby squirming and kicking around inside me. With practise I can find the baby very quickly, but I am still having trouble finding the actual heartbeat. I have found it a couple of times, and when I do it sounds like galloping horses, but normally I can only hear the baby moving and the placenta whooshing, and these are wonderful to hear. It's also a lovely way for my partner to bond with the baby, it's not like he can feel every kick, but with this he can hear the kicks, especially as Thumper doesn't appreciate anything pressing on my belly (not even a waistband) and will kick at the unit.

                          ==Medical Bits==

                          Although this works in the same way as the Doppler my midwife uses it is nowhere nearly as powerful and I've had no medical training and so can't interpret anything that I hear. Therefore this is not a device that should in any way replace seeing a medical professional if at all concerned about your baby. I had already seen medical personnel when I had worries about my baby and they had checked that everything was fine and given me advice on if and when I should return to see them. So this is more a way for both parents (and siblings) to bond with the unborn baby. It would also be very easy to panic if you can't hear the baby, remember I've only heard the actual heartbeat a couple of times. So don't panic if you can't hear anything first try.


                          ==Final Words==

                          Personally I'm really glad I bought this, listening to the baby is just such a wonderful experience and can be so relaxing especially after a stressful day. It is not, however, something that I would rely on to tell me that my baby is alright, and if I have any worries I will still call my midwife or doctor. I can understand the medical profession's concern over the use of these dopplers at home as some people might panic unnecessarily, or be reassured when there actually is a problem. But I see no harm in using it as a way of involving everyone in bonding with the unborn baby. And in my case it did ease my mind when used in conjunction with seeing the professionals.

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                            08.06.2009 15:55
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                            Great product to assist mother to be in lessening her worries - IF it worked.

                            After looking through many shops and websites with prices ranging from £27.99+ we found that again Amazon was the best price @ £14.95 plus p+p

                            The Doppler comes with 1 x headphones and you even get the battery so off to a great start.

                            When arrived we found there to be a small leaflet explaining how to put in the battery......and that was it, there were no other explanations/directions etc. (This may have been a one off )

                            When we finally got it working after re-search we lay on the sofa holding it on my bump listening! Very faintly if the baby kicked you can hear a bang like noise like in the in the GPs however with this on the highest volume you would expect more and that was it there was no foetal heart beat sounds which you'd expect.

                            A great product to assist mother to be in not worrying when she hasn't noticed a kick (Which when walking around/Working and Busy you notice less) this may make a concerned mothers fears worse.

                            We tried the product at 16 weeks (Which is suggested when you can start using this product) and then again at 28 weeks and we didn't notice anything different.

                            I wouldn't recommend this product.

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                            Retail-Therapy angelsounds fetal doppler is superb value for money the sound quality is excellent you will not be disapointed!!! The safe and easy to use Angel Sounds fetal doppler is manufactured by a company which specialises in the manufacturer of fetal dopplers and other medical equipment for the medical profession - enables you to hear your baby's heart beat from as early as 10-12 weeks, in the comfort of your own home - and at an affordable price. Also you will hear kicks, hiccups and babys first movements There is a recording cable included, you will be able to record these first sounds and keep them for life! Not only can be recorded by the cassette, but is can also be recorded by your computer.