Review: Unborn Heart Smartphone Fetal Doppler

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Whilst at the NEC Baby Show I met up with Ardega Ltd who were there to promote the Unborn Heart App. They offered me one to take away in return for a review and to let them know my honest thoughts on the product. 


The Unborn Heart App allows you to monitor your baby's heartbeat in the comfort of your own home. You can use the app to record and share your baby's heartbeat with friends through email or Facebook. There is also a built in kick counter similar to those used in hospitals, anyone who has had fetal monitoring will be familiar with the small click pen they give you to hold and click whenever baby moves, well with this app you tap the foot on the screen to count the kicks. The recordings are all stored in the app which is nice when you want you look back on previous recordings. In the box came the Fetal Doppler, 1 smartphone cable, 1 set of earphones, 1 user manual, 2 AAA batteries and a small tube of ultrasound gel. The app itself is available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets.


I was quite eager to try this out. I had never thought of buying a Doppler before as it is something that should be used sensibly (if you are genuinely worried about baby do get checked out rather than using an at home Doppler) and so I never felt the need for it. However, this time round Gracie hasn't been allowed to scans or appointments with me and she is at the age where she is likely to feel left out. Especially as she was there for everything when I was pregnant with Zach. I thought this would be a lovely idea for some bonding with Gracie so we can listen to her baby sister and talk about her together.




It is harder to use than I expected. Not the equipment itself, that is simple to put together and use. I found it difficult getting the right position and finding babies heartbeat so that I could hear it clearly. It definitely takes a couple of times practising to finally get it properly so don't worry if you try it and can't find a heartbeat immediately! I find now that I've been using it for over a month I find the heartbeat much quicker and can keep hold of it for a longer time but do still tend to move slightly and lose it again or baby moves position and I have to have another quick search. 

I've really enjoyed using the Unborn Heart monitor and app and would definitely recommend it to expecting parents.

You can purchase the Unborn Heart Monitor from www.monitormybaby.co.uk www.babysecurity.co.uk www.innermosthealthcare.com or www.daisybabyshop.co.uk. The RRP is £49.99.

Disclaimer
I was given the product featured free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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12 comments

  1. I would of loved something like this when I was pregnant. I bet it's great once you get the hang of it x

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    1. It is really nice once you know what you are doing x

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  2. I wanted something like this when I was pregnant with mine, but always stopped myself because I'm an awful worrier and would have been checking it constantly. I like that you can monitor with an app now though, that is clever!x

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    1. I thought I would be! But as long as you know the signs that something could be wrong and get checked out rather than relying on a Doppler then it can be great fun

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  3. I'm not sure I like this idea, I think untrained people could either create more stress or misuse it. I prefer to let midwives and other medical professionals monitor things.

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    1. I agree but being my third pregnancy and following a miscarriage when I had a scare a few months back and was left for two weeks thinking there was something majorly wrong I wish I had had this then to tell me my baby still had a heartbeat and to stop stressing. I think as long as it is used sensibly they are great but should never be used instead of asking for medical help when worried

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  4. for me doppler was and is the most reassuring things

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    1. It is always a reassuring sound to hear that little heartbeat isn't it wherever you hear it x

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  5. I would have liked something like this when I was pregnant, though I'd worry that I would just waste hours just listening to the heartbeat.

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    1. Haha! I just limit it to five minutes per sitting as it times it too for you x

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  6. I've had a doppler which was given to us, I wouldn't otherwise have bought one. I think they are good if used sensibly, as you say you should head straight to hospital if concerned. It's nice that you can use it to help your other children bond with this baby xx

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    1. Yes it has been lovely for bonding with my eldest. She loved attending appointments last time round but they no longer allow it meaning she has to sit in the waiting room with Daddy and I fear she feels left out at times!

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