Midwives and doctors use technology to hear the baby’s heartbeat all the time, and parents can hear it at home too, with Doppler technology you can wear.
Wearable technology during pregnancy is extremely common, especially these Doppler devices – you can hear your baby’s heartbeat, hiccups and kicks with these devices, but there are also limitations to what the technology can offer – and potential safety considerations.
Doppler Technology for Pregnancy Monitoring
A Doppler uses the same technology as an ultrasound. Sound waves pass through the body and echo back. You place the transducer, the microphone-like part of the device, on your tummy, and focus on the area from which you want to hear sounds. Unlike ultrasound scans at the doctor’s office, there is no visual – just sound.
There are many Dopplers and listening devices available for purchase, including AngelsSounds and the Summer Infant Clarity Digital Prenatal Scanner. Some portable dopplers are actually listening devices. These use microphones and speakers to ‘listen’ through the skin and tissue, rather than medical-grade ultrasound technology.