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I've heard some midwives rave over the ease of using a doppler with digital readout especially during labor and others who say that it is unreliable and they only use one without it. What do you prefer? Which brand/type of doppler do you use? What brands/types have you used in the past?
 

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I don't like them for two reason: 1. They can be unreliable and, 2. You become dependent on the readout.<br><br>
When you don't use a readout your ears eventually become trained on their own, I like that aspect.
 

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I like the readout, but I always count. The only time I use the readout is when I can't get 6 seconds of good FHT's to count. If the price is comparable, get the one with a readout and put tape over it if you don't like it.<br><br>
I agree about the ear training, but I've had it be "off" - I went to let the other person know about FHT's at 100-110, and she had been listening in the hall and didn't know it was that low on her internal clock - the rate sounded so "good" it didn't sound low until you counted it.<br>
(Transfer to hosp, flat EFM strip, returned to normal after a while, flat again, normal, then low, vaginal birth, vigorous baby)
 

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Hi Cortney!!! It's Amy from NCMA. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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I like them because they can be quick reference, but I always count, too. I am a relatively new apprentice and I don't want to come to rely on the display too much.
 

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I like having the option. But like others have said, it can be unreliable.
 

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Thanks for all of your replies! When you say it can be unreliable, what does that mean? Like what the readout says is not what you hear (how large is that difference?)... or there is a lag time between what you hear and the readout displaying it? I'd also like to know which doppler you prefer to use. Something like: I've tried x y and z but z is my favorite.
 

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the thing is that the readouts- count average--<br>
when it seems way off is when you can hear fuller heart sounds-- it will count every click- when you would be counting beats...<br><br>
read outs can be quick and useful but I can live without one-- you can get lazy with a read out -- what you have to do is remember to slow down and listen for a full amount of time 15 -60 seconds depending on what you are listening to - with read out it may only take a few seconds to get a count- but it doesn't give as good of a picture of variablity -- 15 seconds is 3 counts of 5 so you have 3 beat averages to look at<br>
as for brands- I don't like the Huntleigh- everyone I have ever seen has one part or another that is broken-<br>
the doppler brand with 2 speakers and a water proof head are nice because usually if one speaker fails you can still hear and I don't think I can say enough praise about waterproof heads-- they are indespensible
 

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I'm not a huge fan of Huntleigh either.<br><br><a href="http://www.babybeat.com/ls-more-info.html" target="_blank">http://www.babybeat.com/ls-more-info.html</a><br><br>
I have this one but it is a different brand name. It's got duel speakers and a 3mhz probe. It is not waterproof, that is the only change I would make. It SUPER sensitive. I detected my own dd's tones at 7.5 weeks with it.
 

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Sometimes the readout is just wrong. It reads 145, and the counted number is 160. Or it doubles or halves the number. 160 reads as 80 or 110 reads as 220. Those aren't as concerning to me because they sound wrong. You know the aural difference between 80 and 160 without counting.
 
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