Calls For A Ban On Home Foetal Dopplers

Pregnancy is an exciting time for the whole family but also a time when everyone involved, from the mother-to-be to the grandparent-in-waiting, will do their very best to make sure the nine months run as smoothly as possible.

There are many gadgets and books available to buy to track the progress of the baby’s growth and the dos and don’ts of what the mother should be eating or how she should be exercising. It is important, however, to make sure that when any medical equipment is involved, it is being used by a trained medical professional.

One piece of equipment that can be easily purchased for a relatively cheap price is a home foetal doppler. These hand-held ultrasound transducers are used to detect the foetal heartbeat for prenatal care.

The Shropshire Star has reported that Kicks Count, a leading stillbirth charity, has called upon eBay, Facebook and Amazon to ban the sale of these home dopplers from their websites.

Elizabeth Hutton, chief executive of the pregnancy and stillbirth charity said: “Foetal dopplers are complex pieces of medical equipment and should not be available to the general public. We are calling on these heavyweight organisations to do the right thing.”

This week, from 9th to 15th October, marks the 16th annual Baby loss Awareness week, with Ms Hutton adding: “We hear stories from many mums who have sadly lost their baby after they delayed seeking medical attention because they had been reassured after hearing their baby’s heartbeat.”

Forest Medical can calibrate and test virtually any medical equipment to be found in a GP surgery, care home, occupational health department. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

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