The heartbeat is clearly audible through the built-in loudspeaker with volume control. The ear phone jack enables you to listen through headphones for privacy and you can even record the sounds onto your PC and email them to family and friends.
The fetal heart rate sounds like the hoof beats of a galloping horse. The fetal heart rate usually ranges from 140 to 160 beats per minute, approximately twice the maternal rate (The mothers heart rate can be checked by taking the pulse). You will also hear a rushing wind like sound which is the placenta. In the latter stages of pregnancy you may even hear hiccups and kicks!
Very simple to set up and to use. Switched it on, put a bit of gel on, wiggled it around my tummy and suddenly we could hear the baby's heartbeat and could check the fetal heart rate. Very reassuring for us both. I'm 15 weeks and have a retroverted uterus but it picked up the heartbeat easily.
NEW 2008 MODEL with waterproof probe and backlight. Hear your baby’s heartbeat from as early as 10 weeks. High-Sensitivity fetaldoppler Probe. Clear digital FHR display. Low Battery Display. Signal Quality Display. Safe and easy to use. Suitable for clinical & home use. Suitable for waterbirths. NEW Protective carrying case. 2 x 1.5V (AA) batteries incl'd. Ultrasound gel included. 2 year warranty. CE 0470. FDA (USA) Approved.