If you are reading this article, I assume that you are considering buying a fetal Doppler to listen to your baby’s heartbeat. That is a good step because it is important to understand the various factors that you need to consider before you buy a Doppler. After you acquire your device, you will need to understand how it should be used safely. Improper use of the device can only mean that you won’t be able to get the kind of results you are looking for and that you are better off relying on tests performed by your doctor alone. In fact, even if you know how to use a Doppler correctly, it is still important to only use it to supplement the results you get from your doctor. It should only be a device you use in between doctor’s appointments.
In this article, I am going to look at some of the factors that you should consider when you are buying a Doppler device to ensure that you make a good choice. I will mostly base the article on the features that you should look for when you make your purchase.
LCD screens are one of the latest introductions/improvements in Doppler devices. If you are the kind that prefers to have a visual connection to your unborn child, then you are better off going for a device that incorporates an LCD screen. There are very many brands of Doppler devices on the market that come with an LCD screen to allow you to see the heartbeat of your unborn baby. Besides displaying the heartbeat, some more advanced LCD screen models incorporate graphs in their visuals to allow users to see the heartbeat and other features graphically.
The essence of performing a fetal heart Doppler test is to be able to hear your baby’s heart beat and that can only happen if there is a way that the signal produced by the Doppler probe can be made into sound. That is where choosing a device that comes with built-in speakers comes in. You should choose a device that has high-quality speakers that are able to produce the sound of the heartbeat the same way that it should sound. Avoid low-quality products that produce poor quality sounds.
Some models allow people to add their own speakers to the device. Some come with jacks for inserting headphones. These are all features that you should consider.
Waterproof probe or device and reduce static
Chances are that dopplers are sometimes used in environments where there is water. You will find someone using the device in a bathtub. That is why it is important to choose a device that comes with a waterproof probe. The probe should remain unaffected by water if it comes into contact with it.
The main difference that separates high-quality products from their low-quality counterparts is the amount of static the device generates. A good product should have a very low level of static to enhance the quality of the sound of the heartbeat.