Home Dopplers

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Home Dopplers are simpler, in-home versions of the fetal heart monitors found in prenatal clinics. They are manufactured to be easy to use by ordinary people with no medical experience. Like the baby Dopplers at the doctor's office, household Dopplers use the latest in ultrasound technology to provide accurate readings of the baby's heart rate while it's in the womb.

Home Dopplers are affordably priced for most prospective parents. For those who wish not to invest in a home Doppler unit, rental Dopplers are frequently a popular choice. Prospective parents pay a small monthly fee for use of the rental Doppler, and return it to the rental company after birth of the baby. Whether the Doppler is a rental or a purchase, one consideration remains all-important: the Doppler should always be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Settling for anything less is taking an unnecessary risk with the baby's safety.

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Why use a home baby Doppler? These machines are invaluable for several reasons, starting with their ability to detect irregularities in the unborn baby as well as the womb. Home Dopplers can detect everything from irregularities in the baby's heartbeat to the presence of multiple heartbeats, indicating the presence of more than one baby. They can also help detect problems in fetal formation, as well as other congenital problems.

Dopplers can also prove vital in the discovery of intrauterine irregularities in the mother, such as intrauterine growth retardation and uterine bleeding, which could be very dangerous for the baby if left untreated. Thus, a key function of home fetal Dopplers is early detection of potential problems in the pregnancy.

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