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Wanting What’s Best For Your Baby Doesn’t Start After Birth…

Parents always want what’s best for their baby. In fact, we never stop wanting what’s best for our children no matter how old they get. This is especially true for new parents – we want the best crib, the best high chair, the best carrier. But when it comes to items that help insure our baby’s safety (formula, carseat, stroller), we want THE VERY BEST. These are the things parents are willing to spend the extra money on.

Make sure you are informed when it comes to renting or purchasing a fetal Doppler to use during pregnancy. In recent years there has been an increase of cheap fetal Dopplers available on the market. Many units have come from other countries such as China and Korea. There are many possible concerns with these types of products. Here are some considerations when you are looking to use a fetal Doppler on your unborn baby:

  • Trust your doctor. There is a reason doctors are not using foreign Dopplers on your unborn baby. They are using professional, medical Dopplers – the same units carried by BabyBeat.
  • When it comes quality, you get what you pay for. Cheaper is not always better. In fact, when it comes to using medical equipment on your unborn baby, you should be demanding quality and safety.
  • Just because something says it’s safe, does not make it so. History has proven that many things cleared to be sold in the US did not prove to have the safety standards they claimed. Examples include Chinese made children’s toys with lead paint and Chinese made infant formula containing melamine.
  • If a Doppler claims to be FDA approved, this is a false statement. The FDA only clears medical devices for use, it does not approve any medical device.
  • Manufacturers in the US are inspected and regulated by the FDA. Often manufacturing processes in other countries fail to be inspected or controlled by the FDA.

BabyBeat has been in business for over 15 years renting and selling high quality medical-grade fetal Dopplers to parents to use at home. In fact, we were the very first company worldwide (yes, worldwide!) to offer Dopplers to parents. We carry only US made Dopplers from FDA regulated manufacturers. We adhere to all FDA quality control practices and procedures.

Don’t wait until after birth to start looking out for the well-being of your baby. Start today, with BabyBeat.

Chinese Doppler Recalled in Europe

Click here for more information on recalled Dopplers: http://www.mhra.gov.uk/NewsCentre/Pressreleases/CON2033831

Please note that this recalled product the Baby Beets (possibly being sold under different name brands) has absolutely nothing to do with the medical registered US company BabyBeat.com.  We have been telling the authorities about these Chinese imports for years, some even have CE marks which relate to transistor radios and not medical dopplers. BabyBeat only carries Dopplers that are manufactured in the US and regulated by the FDA. BabyBeat is an FDA compliant company.

If you have any questions at all please call 1-888-758-8822 or visit www.babybeat.com, We have been distributing medical and fetal dopplers now for over 15 years and were the first company to offer Dopplers to mothers worldwide.babybeets

BabyBeat adds product reviews to website

We just added the ability for customers to review products at BabyBeat. I personally am very big on reading other customers reviews. I love to see what other shoppers love or hate about a product, how it works, what the quality is, etc. That is why I am so excited about adding this feature to our store. Word of mouth is such a big benefit for a small company like BabyBeat. And reviews just add to our wonderful customers being able to help spread the word even more!

Coffee, Tea and… Pregnancy

Many women love their morning cup of joe (as well as the afternoon latte and evening cappuccino). So, is it really necessary to give up caffeine during pregnancy? Like many things in pregnancy, it could depend on who you ask. OBs have different opinions on what amount is too much. Most research now says caffeine in moderation is fine during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG) states that less than 200 milligrams a day won’t increase the risk of miscarriage or preterm birth.

Moms-to-be do need to be aware of the amount of caffeine they are drinking. In general, a 12 ounce cup of coffee has your allotted 200 mg of caffeine. However, a Starbucks grande coffee has about 320 mg of caffeine. So, it is important to watch just what cup of coffee you are drinking. It is definitely a good idea to play it safe and try to cut back or limit consumption of caffeine. With caffeine lurking in many different foods and beverages, it is best to look at how much caffeine you are ingesting total in day rather than just drinking in coffee or tea.

Trying to add decaf coffee to your regular cup can help you cut back on your caffeine intake. And to help fight symptoms of withdrawal try to get plenty of sleep and exercise.

 

BabyBeat Pregnancy Wheel and Planner

BabyBeat Pregnancy Wheel & Planner

Help calculate your due date with the new BabyBeat Pregnancy Wheel and Planner. This handy wheel, also known as a gestation calculator, uses your last menstrual period (LMP) to help calculate your due date. Most physicians still use this at your first prenatal appointment to calculate when your baby will be due.

The BabyBeat pregnancy wheel is perfect for any healthcare professional to use in the office or distribute to patients. Expecting parents can also purchase the wheels to use on their own at home. Our pregnancy wheel and planner offers so much more than other wheels. You can track your growing baby from conception through 40 weeks of pregnancy. You also get the opportunity to keep track of significant dates and prenatal appointment information.

The BabyBeat Pregnancy Wheel and Planner is a great keepsake for expecting parents! Get a FREE pregnancy wheel from BabyBeat. Just add the pregnancy wheel to your shopping cart and enter code “planner” at checkout!

How does a Fetal Doppler Work?

 

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A fetal ultrasound Doppler is the most frequent method of monitoring a fetus. There are no known risks to the fetus and it is non-invasive. It is simple and very convenient to use. A fetal Doppler is most commonly used during each health care visit starting at 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. The Doppler gives the doctor a reliable range of the baby’s heart rate and helps them to determine any problems with the fetus.

The name Doppler comes from Austrian mathematician and physicist, Christian Doppler. He discovered the Doppler shift principle in 1842. Christian Doppler discovered that sound waves from a moving source would be compressed or expanded, or that the frequency would change. Fetal Doppler technology is based on this principle.

Fetal Dopplers work by sending and receiving ultrasound waves through the mother’s abdomen. When the waves are reflected from moving objects, such as the fetal heart, the frequency changes slightly. This change is then analyzed by the electronics inside the Doppler and converted into a sound that you can hear or a digital display of the heart rate.

Pregnancy in your Forties

Age and fertility – ugh, something many of us don’t even want to think about! Here at BabyBeat we actually deal with quite a few older moms (myself included!). For one, getting pregnant later in life pops you straight into the category of “high risk – advanced maternal age”. And once you are marked as high risk, a BabyBeat fetal Doppler goes a long way to ease your mind. Being able to keep that additional tab on baby between appointments is such a relief.

We all know that there are pluses and minuses to everything, including postponing those child-bearing years.

Yes, it is true that your chances of getting pregnant at 40 are far lower than just a few years ago. Experts say that after 45 it can be almost impossible to get pregnant using your own eggs. However, on the flip side, many 40+ women DO get pregnant, some on their own and some with the help of fertility treatments. And there can be many benefits on waiting to get pregnant, for both the parents and the child.

What are some of the pros and cons? Of course the big con of waiting is that the longer you wait the harder it is to get pregnant. There is a big difference in egg viability between your early 40s and mid to late 40s. Along with getting harder to get pregnant, it is also harder to stay pregnant. With increased age comes increased chance of miscarriage.

Pregnancy complications also increase the older you get.  Problems such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, placental complications and birth complications all rise.

So, is all hope lost? Not at all. There is no better time in history to try to get pregnant as an older mother. There are many new assisted reproductive technologies (ART) out there. In addition to in vitro fertilization (IVF) there are the options of egg donation, using a surrogate and adoption.

Waiting to have children can mean that the parents are more prepared finacially. There is also evidence that older parents, being better educated, are more likely to make wise parenting decisions. Older parents are often more patient and focused on their children. Finally, they are also less likely to put unnecessary pressure on themselves as a parent.

So again, as with everything in life there are pluses and minuses to when someone becomes a parent. And it is definitely a personal decision. There is no one answer for everyone. In my opinion, becoming a parent is a BEAUTIFUL thing – no matter when it occurs or how it occurs.

Does A Normal Pregnancy Require A Baby Doppler?

What is a normal pregnancy?

Although every pregnancy is completely unique and different, there are in face some things that are still considered normal in pregnancy:

  • A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks and is grouped into three trimesters. The first trimester is weeks 1-12, the second being weeks 13-28, and the last weeks 29-40.
  • Symptoms of early pregnancy include the ceasing of your menstrual periods, soreness and growth of breasts, fatigue, nausea, changes in moods and other symptoms.
  • Pregnancy tests measure the hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) in the urine or blood.
  • Symptoms later pregnancy can include continued nausea and heartburn, problems with sleeping, swelling of the feet or hands, hemorrhoids, and even mild contractions.
  • At the end of 37 weeks, a baby is considered full term and its organs are normally ready to function on their own.
  • As the due date approaches, babies normally settle into a head-down position for birth.
  • At birth, the average weight of a baby is between 6 pounds 2 ounces and 9 pounds 2 ounces and the average length is 19 to 21 inches long. Most full-term babies fall within these ranges.  To get peace of mind, a baby doppler is  invaluable.

Peace of Mind. That is what BabyBeat is about.

The BabyBeat with Recorder was recently reviewed by Becca at The Paro Post. She has had her share of scares this pregnancy for sure – and has found some great relief with the BabyBeat Doppler. Reading through her blog posts, my thoughts wondered back to my own pregnancies and notes that we at BabyBeat have received from customers. Pregnancy is such a wondrous, yet scary adventure. Is there even one day that passes that you don’t worry about something going on within your body? Isn’t making it through the pregnancy to see that bundle some kind of miracle?
The comments and cards that we receive from customers of BabyBeat are what truly makes running this company for the past 13 (whoo hoo!!) years so incredible. This company was started from the heart – not from a business plan. I am so touched by our customers – I have laughed and cried on the phone and over emails alike. My heart has broken for lost babies (including one of my own). But sharing the joys of the successes is what it is all about. When a family has that joy of hearing the little one. When a baby’s life is saved due to hearing the distress in it’s heartbeat. Just bringing peace of mind to moms and dads and families, that is what it is all about!

Effect of Recession on US Birth Rate

Research shows that fewer babies are born during a recession.  Children are often the most expensive item in a family’s budget. So, in 2008 birth rates started to decline after rising to their highest levels in two decades. In 2007, the US birth rate broke a 50-year record high, set during the baby boom. But in 2008 births began to decline by nearly 2 percent.

Figures from the National Center for Health Statistics, show that births declined in all but 10 states in 2008 compared with the year before. Overall, 4,247,000 births were recorded in 2008, 68,000 fewer than the year before. In 2009, as more people were seeing the effects of layoffs and economic uncertainty, births decreased even faster.

Historically, birth rates have fluctuated with the economy. Record lows were recorded during two economic crises: the Depression in the 1930s and the Arab oil embargo in the 1970s. From data collected, the birth rate seems to have leveled off since the sharp decrease in 2008/2009, with 13.83 births per 1000.