Where to Buy a Fetal Doppler

By Elizabeth Wolfenden
Listen to your baby's heartbeat
Listen to your baby's heartbeat

Many women love hearing the sound of their unborn baby's heartbeat at doctor visits, but now it is possible to hear that sound from the comfort of your own home by purchasing a fetal Doppler. However, sometimes finding a good quality FDA-approved fetal Doppler can be tricky. The best places to purchase a fetal Doppler are usually online, but there may be a few exceptions, depending on your particular location.

Retail Stores

Many chain stores that cater toward parents of babies or infants, like Babies R Us or Buy Buy Baby, will typically have a small selection of fetal Dopplers. However, retails stores will typically only carry the less sensitive type and not the hospital-grade type of Dopplers often sought after. If you are okay with purchasing a fetal Doppler that is a bit less sensitive but also less expensive, buying at a local retail store may be a good option for you. If, however, you are looking for a more expensive, hospital-grade fetal Doppler, it may be in your best interest to look elsewhere.

Hospital Gift Shops

There are some hospitals that will allow you to purchase a fetal Doppler in the gift shop. Unfortunately, this seems to be the exception rather than the rule, so it is always best to call the hospital and ask before making the trip out to purchase the fetal Doppler. Calling around to the local hospitals in your area may reveal several different types of hospital-grade fetal Dopplers available for purchase.

Amazon and eBay

Amazon.com and eBay.com offer used and new fetal Dopplers for sale. Both of these sites are different from other retailers because they allow you to compare several different brand names at once. Not only that, but both sites offer reviews or feedback from people who have used each type of fetal Doppler. Reading these reviews can provide you with enough information to make an educated choice if that particular model or type is best for you.

Other Online Retailers

In addition to Amazon and eBay, there are a number of other online retailers that sell fetal Dopplers. However, it is always best to go with a company that is well-known and reputable. Some good choices to check out are storkradio.com, babybeat.com, bellybeats.com and sweetbeats.net. Compare prices, availability and shipping costs to determine which online retailer would work best for you.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Wolfenden has been a professional freelance writer since 2005 with articles published on a variety of blogs and websites. She specializes in the areas of nutrition, health, psychology, mental health and education. Wolfenden holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in counseling from Oakland University.